Suddenly Citi Field seems like home for the Mets. They followed up that 8-2 homestand before the All-Star game by crushing the Phillies Monday night in their first home game following a long road trip.
The Mets jumped off to a huge start. Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a walk. Daniel Murphy doubled to plate Granderson to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead. Murphy advanced to third on a David Wright ground out and scored when Lucas Duda singled up the middle. With two outs Travis d’Arnaud hit a rocket off the base of the wall in left to put runners on second and third. Juan Lagares then broke an 0-17 slump with a double to right to score both runners to make it a 4-0 game.
Duda walked and Chris Young singled with two outs in the fifth. d’Arnaud followed with a bomb into the seats in left to extend the Mets lead to 7-0.
The Phillies threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs. But Bartolo Colon was able to strike out Cody Asche to end the inning.
The Phillies finally got to Colon with two outs in the eighth, scoring a run to make it 7-1.
Colon was done after that, going 7.2 innings, allowing one run on 10 hits. He struck out six and walked one. He upped his record to 10-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.88.
Dana Eveland had to leave the game in the ninth when a comebacker hit him in the elbow. Eveland has been pitching very well; hopefully this will be nothing serious.
Mets win 7-1 and move to within four games of .500.