David Wright has monster day to back Matt Harvey as Mets shut out Phillies in series finale
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PHILADELPHIA - The Mets' offense again came to life against the Phillies. But this time they had something to show for it after an 8-0 win at Citizens Bank Park Sunday.
David Wright tied a franchise record with four extra-base hits, including his 12th home run of the season. Though he did not complete the cycle, he finished with two doubles, a triple and a homer.
Matt Harvey tossed six shutout innings before being pulled after a 20-minute rain delay. The righthander struck out six, walked one and threw only 72 pitches -- and for his second straight game, one of them hit 100 mph.
The performances helped the Mets bounce back from a walk-off loss on Kevin Frandsen's homer the previous day. The Mets had completed their comeback from a 7-1 deficit with two runs in the top of the ninth before Frandsen's blast.
"They're tired, they're beat up, we lost three players to the [disabled list] in the last five days," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "To come out of here with another series and to win the first two series on this road trip is a huge lift for us."
Late Saturday night, outfielder/first baseman Lucas Duda became the latest Mets player to land on the shelf, joining pitcher Jon Niese and reliever Scott Atchison. Utilityman Justin Turner also went on the DL at the start of the road trip.
Nevertheless, the Mets won consecutive series for the first time since sweeping their home-and-home meeting with the Yankees more than three weeks ago. They took three of five against the Braves in Atlanta before claiming two of three against the Phillies.
They did it with an offensive outburst that began when the Mets caught a break.
Juan Lagares led off the fifth with a long drive to centerfield that appeared to settle into the glove of Ben Revere, but as he prepared to throw the ball back to the infield, the ball came out of his glove, and umpires ruled the ball was in play. Running all the way, Lagares wound up at third base.
"I've seen it called both ways," said Collins, who watched plenty go the Mets' way Sunday.
Eric Young Jr. continued his strong start with the Mets, finishing 3-for-5, including a run-scoring double. Marlon Byrd extended his stellar June, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Lagares, Omar Quintanilla and even Harvey knocked in runs.
But the day belonged to Wright, whose 17 career homers at Citizens Bank Park are the most by a visiting player since the park opened in 2004.
Wright, who drove in two runs yesterday, is hitting .405 with five homers and 11 RBIs since June 5, a hot streak that Collins attributes to the help he finally is getting from the rest of the lineup. "Right now, he's starting to get some balls to hit," Collins said. "He went, as we know, quite a while where he didn't get a lot to hit and took it upon himself to try to still get hits."
Perhaps the only tricky aspect of Wright's recent surge is when to give him a day off. During the last few days, Collins has said Wright soon will get a breather. He mentioned the possibility of using him as the designated hitter against the White Sox this week. He also could sit out at least one game.
"If the season were 80 games, then I'd probably politely decline," Wright said. "But with us not even being at the halfway point in the regular season, I've got to look at it . . . If he's going to offer one, I'd probably take him up on it."