The Mets have suddenly become an offensive powerhouse. After scoring 33 runs in the three-game sweep in Colorado, they scored 16 runs and hit a team record eight homers to overcome the worst start of Jacob deGrom’s career to beat the Phillies Monday night. Oh, and David Wright came back in sensational fashion.
The game started off on an odd note. Cesar Hernandez led off the bottom of the first on a grounder towards first. deGrom took it himself and just beat Hernandez to first. But the umpire ruled the ball hit off Hernandez’s foot, which it clearly did not. deGrom them walked him on what apparently was ball five as the umpire lost track of the count. deGrom allowed a single and then Ryan Howard launched one into the seats for a three-run home run.
Wright led off the top of the second for his first at bat since mid-April. All he did was hit one of the farthest home runs of his career into the upper deck. It was reminiscent of when he homered in his first at bat after a thumb injury a few seasons ago.
Cameron Rupp homered in the bottom of the second to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.
Juan Lagares got the run back in the third with a solo home run.
But deGrom allowed another three-run homer to Domonic Brown to give the Phillies a 7-2 lead.
deGrom struggled through 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out three. His ERA rose above 2.00, to 2.29.
But the Mets would not lay down. Wright led off the fourth with a single. Wilmer Flores homered to cut the lead to 7-4. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a solo shot to make it 7-5.
It was Flores again in the fifth giving the Mets an 8-7 lead with a three-run homer. Michael Cuddyer added a solo home run to make it 9-7.
In the sixth, it was Daniel Murphy’s turn; his two-run homer made it 11-7. And d’Arnaud doubled to plate two more runs to make it 13-7.
They made it 14-7 in the seventh when Michael Conforto doubled and Lagares brought him home with a single.
Sean Gilmartin took over for deGrom and he was brilliant. He went 3.1 innings, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts for the win.
Yoenis Cespedes, feeling left out, slammed a two-run homer to give the Mets a 16-7 lead.
Wright ended up going two-for-five, but he did have two errors.
In addition to the eight home runs, the Mets had 15 extra base hits, also setting a team record.
Mets win their fourth straight, 16-7, to move to a season-high 12 games over .500. The Nationals were off, so the Mets now lead the division by five and a half games.