Juan Lagares had a career day and the Mets established a Citi Field home run record as they pounded the Diamondbacks, 11-1, to earn a sweep of the four-game series. New York outscored Arizona, 26-4, in the four games and now hold a 1.5 game lead over the D’Backs in the Wild Card standings.
Lagares hit his first career grand slam in the third inning to give the Mets a 6-0 lead and he delivered a two-run, opposite-field blast in the fifth to give him his first career multiple-HR game.
The two homers by Lagares were part of a six-HR day for the Mets, the most ever hit by them in Citi Field. Todd Frazier continued his hot hitting with a solo homer in the second inning to get the HR barrage started. Robinson Cano and Tomas Nido added homers in the fifth and Michael Conforto hit his 30th bomb of the season in seventh, this one an upper deck shot.
Lost in the offensive outburst was the best pitching performance as a Met by Marcus Stroman. He threw six shutout innings before allowing a run in the seventh, by which time the Mets were up by 10 runs. He got nine ground ball outs, to go along with six strikeouts, in his 6.1 IP.
The Mets are now 12-10 in this streak of 25-straight games against teams above .500 for the season. But the hardest games are yet to come, with a three-game series against the Dodgers coming next.