MIAMI - The cavernous gaps at Marlins Park can be tough territory to reach for even the most powerful hitters.
Yet in a 12-1 rout of the Marlins Monday night, newly acquired Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned Giancarlo Stanton's home park into his own lime-green pinball machine.
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Cespedes twice tested the structural integrity of the walls. He ripped a double to right-centerfield in the fifth inning, missing a line-drive homer by a few feet. An inning later, he crushed another double, this one striking high on the fence in left-centerfield.
Cespedes, who did not address reporters after the game, began his night with a first-inning double down the leftfield line.
"He's the real deal," manager Terry Collins said.
In only his third game since coming from the Tigers before Friday's trade deadline, Cespedes equaled a single-game franchise record with three doubles. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs, his first runs knocked in as a Met.
"That's why we got him," Collins said. "We got him to be that guy in the middle of the lineup who drives in those big runs. So hopefully we just keep getting guys on."
The 5-10, 210-pound Cespedes' strong baseball night was wrapped within an overall athletic exhibition. He devoured ground to catch a long drive to center and scored in a cloud of dust by hustling home on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
"He wasn't even hardly running to home plate and all of a sudden he turned it on right at the end," Collins said. "He's got some skills."
The exhibition hardly surprised Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who played with Cespedes on the A's.
"I know what he can bring to the game," Colon said through a translator.
The Mets continued their offensive roll. In their last nine games, they have hit 18 homers and averaged six runs per game.