Mets set club records with 8 HRs, 15 XBH vs. Phils
Flores goes deep twice, Cespedes homers in 9th for new mark
PHILADELPHIA -- Turns out David Wright's welcome-back homer was just the beginning.
Wright's solo homer in the second inning Monday sparked a franchise-record eight from the Mets in their 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Juan Lagares added a solo shot in the third inning, Wilmer Flores went back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the fourth and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth, and only then did the Mets begin piling on. Michael Cuddyer added a solo homer two batters later, Daniel Murphy tied the franchise record with a two-run shot in the sixth and Yoenis Cespedes broke it with a two-run laser in the ninth.
"I guess I said it when Cespedes hit his home run, you look at each other and just go, 'Wow,'" manager Terry Collins said. "The power has all of a sudden kicked in. People you're not expecting it from are doing it. And of course as we've come to expect from David, in his first game back he has to hit a homer."
He and everyone else, apparently. New York also set a club record with 15 extra-base hits (eight home runs, seven doubles), tied for the third-highest total in big league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Mets became the ninth team in Major League history to have seven players homer in a game, and the 10th to pile up at least 51 total bases. The Mets and Phillies also tied a National League record with a combined 11 home runs on Monday night.
"I haven't seen anything like that," Collins said.
But he has seen close; for a Mets club that scored 14 runs in consecutive games last weekend, this is the new normal. The Mets lead the National League in runs scored, runs per game and homers since July 25, after ranking last in those categories from Opening Day through July 24.
"Offensively, it was awesome to be a part of," Wright said. "I can't remember if I've ever been a part of an offensive game like that."
Added Flores: "We all know what we can do. We're good enough to do it. We're just doing it right now."