David Wright homers in first at-bat back as Mets top Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - David Wright thought the toughest part would be facing live pitching again.
No, the toughest part might have been not reinjuring his hamstring during his home run trot.
Wright homered in his first at-bat off the disabled list Friday night, hitting a two-run shot to rightfield off Cole Hamels in the Mets' 6-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Wright, who had been out since straining his right hamstring on Aug. 2, gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
It was his 17th homer of the season and moved the Mets' captain into sole possession of second place on the club's all-time list with 221. He had been tied with Mike Piazza. Darryl Strawberry is first with 252.
"I don't think I'm going to make it this year," Wright said of passing Strawberry.
Wright went 2-for-5 and is batting .310 with 56 RBIs. He also had a seventh-inning single. Appropriately, Wright caught the final out, John Mayberry's pop-up.
His only misstep? Accidentally smacking LaTroy Hawkins in the face during an attempted high-five after Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 99th save.
"It's all over Twitter!" Hawkins told Wright in a happy Mets clubhouse.
"It was great to have him back in the lineup, that's for sure," manager Terry Collins said.
Said Wright: "It was just fun to be back out there. You feel like when you're hurt, you're not really part of the team, you're not part of that camaraderie. You get out there, get those competitive juices flowing, that was fun. You don't really know how much you miss it until you're out for the six or seven weeks."
It took Wright only two pitches to homer off Hamels (8-14), who allowed six runs in seven innings in his first loss since July 26.
"I told him when he came in the dugout after the home run, 'The game's not that easy,' " Collins said. "But I said before the game, 'Special people do special things.' So nothing surprises me."
Said Wright: "It was pretty surprising to me. Especially off of Cole. To do that was fun and surprising at the same time."
Wright did not play in any rehab games because the minor-league season is over, and he said before the game that he was concerned about that.
"The tough part now is to go from zero to 100, obviously," he said. "It's kind of the speed of the game. They hit the ground balls a little harder than Tim Teufel does. They throw a little harder than our bullpen catchers do during BP."
But after the game, Wright said: "I was telling these guys, I guess [bullpen coach] Ricky Bones was better than I thought. Got me ready pretty good."