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Granderson, Wright come alive and Mets hit 5 HRs in rout of Reds

Mets' Travis d'Arnaud watches his three-run home run

Mets' Travis d'Arnaud watches his three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. Credit: AP / Al Behrman

CINCINNATI - The Mets staged their most impressive power surge in eight years Friday night, when they bashed five homers in a 14-5 rout of the Reds.

Track records didn't seem to matter. The coldest bats in the lineup proved just as capable as some of the hottest.

Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera each homered to extend their hot streaks. But so did Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson, who entered play mired in slumps.

All told, the Mets' five homers were the most they hit in a game since Sept. 30, 2006, when David Wright, Ramon Castro, Endy Chavez, Julio Franco and Shawn Green went deep.

"We really swung the bats, very, very well," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

For Irish Heritage Night, the Reds donned caps and jerseys trimmed in green to create a St. Patrick's Day vibe in September. But it was the Mets who had all the luck.

In winning their third straight game, and their fourth in their last five, the Mets set a season high in runs (14) and equaled their season high in hits (18).

Mets captain David Wright went 4-for-5, tying a career high in hits just one game after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. The outburst benefited veteran righthander Bartolo Colon (13-11), who held the Reds to two runs in seven innings.

D'Arnaud knocked in four runs and went 3-for-4, including his 10th homer since returning from his exile at Triple-A Las Vegas. He's 9-for-16 in the four games of the Mets' current road trip, further distancing himself from a horrid start that landed him in the minors.

"I'm just trusting the process and keeping things simple, like I've said since I've been back up," d'Arnaud said.

But it was Granderson's performance that proved most encouraging.

Before the game, Collins dropped Granderson from the second spot in the lineup to the sixth, the first clear fallout from what has been a brutal slump.

"I've batted in every spot in the lineup over the course of my career," said Granderson, who played down the move. "So to get moved up, down, middle out, it's nothing new to me."

Granderson responded by snapping an 0-for-18 skid. He doubled to knock in a run in the first inning before hitting a three-run shot in the sixth, his 17th homer of the season. After needing his previous 23 games to rack up four RBIs, he accomplished the feat in just one night.

"You hope it really jump-starts him," Collins said. "He's really struggled, he knows it and he's worked hard. To hit a home run like that I think is going to get him going."

Notes & quotes: Pitching prospect Rafael Montero was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. He will join the team Saturday . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Edgin rejoined the team, though neither was available to pitch Friday night. Both are battling elbow issues that required cortisone injections earlier this week. Collins expects both to be available Saturday . . . Daniel Murphy (right calf strain) participated in limited baseball activities . . . Vic Black (neck) remains on track to come off the disabled list Monday.

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