Mets rout Phillies behind record 8 home runs
PHILADELPHIA -- No deficit is too large for the new-look Mets to overcome. No offensive benchmarks are too ostentatious. David Wright homered in his first game since April and wound up being a footnote in the Mets' 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday, which featured a franchise record eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits at Citizens Bank Park.
Wright, who had not played since April 14 due to a career-threatening spinal condition, homered off Adam Morgan on his first swing back from the disabled list. That sparked a torrent of offense from a Mets team that has scored in clumps throughout its three-city road trip, using two Wilmer Flores homers and a half-dozen others to pick up Jacob deGrom after his worst start of the season.
"It's incredible to be a part of," Wright said. "We just know that we're going to win the game. That's the type of confidence that you can't tell somebody to have, that you can't force upon somebody. You just have to get good at winning. And this team is getting good at winning."
The Mets spared no Phillies pitcher, plating five of their runs off Morgan, four off Hector Nevis, another five off Justin De Fratus and two off Adam Loewen. It all made a distant memory of Philadelphia's early offensive outburst, which Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown highlighted with three-run homers off deGrom.
"You should win most games like this," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "Very disappointing, but I want to put it behind us. It's one game. It's a loss. You knock out a guy like deGrom, one of the best pitchers in the league … I'd just like to talk about that. I don't want to talk about the bad."
Had Sean Gilmartin not delivered 3 1/3 shutout innings in relief of deGrom, the Mets may have been in a quandary despite all the offense. Instead, the Rule 5 pick's performance allowed them to coast through the middle innings without burning anyone else in their bullpen.
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Super eight: Wright's homer was only the start for a Mets team that wound up clubbing a franchise-record eight, along with a record 15 extra-base hits. While Wright's homer may have been the most emotionally-charged, Flores' two long balls proved most significant. His two-run shot in the fourth inning drew the Mets within two runs of the Phillies, and his three-run homer one inning later gave them their first lead of the night. More >
Three isn't enough: Howard hit a three-run homer to left in the first, Cameron Rupp crushed a solo homer into the visitors' bullpen in the second and Brown hit a three-run homer to right in the third to hand the Phillies a 7-2 lead. That should be enough to win most nights, but it was not nearly enough on this one.
"It was crazy," Brown said of the 11 combined homers. "The ball was jumping for sure. It was hot, humid. Especially in this ballpark the ball is going to fly. A crazy night for sure. You're up 7-2 and lose a tough one." More >
Not since Frenchy pitched: Phillies pitchers had not suffered a nightmare like this since a 19-3 loss to the Orioles on June 16 in Baltimore, where they allowed eight home runs. Jeff Francoeur pitched the final two innings that night as the Phillies fell one homer short of tying the franchise record of nine homers allowed in a game, which happened against the Reds on Sept. 4, 1999. On Monday night, Morgan allowed four homers, Neris allowed two, De Fratus allowed one and Loewen allowed one.
"It doesn't make me feel any better," said Morgan, asked about every other pitcher giving up home runs, including deGrom. "Seeing other guys do poorly shouldn't make anybody feel better."
Wilmer does it all: In addition to his two homers, Flores was responsible for one of the game's more bizarre plays when Howard hit a line drive toward his shifted position in shallow right field in the eighth. Flores dove to catch it, then sat up and saw that first-base umpire Dan Bellino had ruled it no catch. So Flores scrambled to his feet and threw to first just in time to nab Howard, who had wandered out of the basepath thinking the ball had been caught.
"I had to be careful. I almost pulled a Wilmer Flores out there." -- Wright, on the emotion of hearing Mets fans chanting his name at key moments during the game.
"The best thing to do is own up to it. It was embarrassing. It's not what we wanted to see, but put it behind us and move on." -- Mackanin, on the Phillies allowing eight home runs.
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The 11 combined homers tied a National League single-game record, one shy of the big league record of 12.
The Phillies set a franchise record by allowing 15 extra-base hits, breaking the previous mark of 13 allowed on June 8, 2004, at the White Sox.
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One of the night's other bizarre moments occurred in the bottom of the first inning, when deGrom issued a five-pitch walk to Cesar Hernandez. He, Hernandez and home-plate umpire Tom Hallion all seemed to lose track of the count, shortly after Hallion ruled that Hernandez's dribbler down the first-base line was a foul ball off his foot. Replays indicated that the ball appeared to be fair, but the Mets could not challenge.
Mets: Noah Syndergaard will look to win his first career road game when the Mets resume their series with the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. ET Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. Syndergaard is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA at Citi Field this season, but 0-5 with a 5.05 ERA on the road.
Phillies: Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams believed he had turned a corner following his first three starts in August, in which he posted a 1.50 ERA. But then Williams allowed eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Marlins to drop him to 4-9 with a 6.10 ERA.
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