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Mets' offensive outburst doesn't lift Wright's spirits

David Wright's voice never rose above a whisper.

The Mets third baseman hardly showed any emotion, despite a stellar offensive performance that contributed to a 9-0 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

He didn't rejoice in his team's good fortune: 15 hits off five Cardinals pitchers. Nor did he celebrate his own stat line: three hits including a two-run, opposite-field home run in the first.

Said Wright, who now has eight homers, "It's just one day."

That may be true. But in the wacky world of Mets baseball, where walking down a few dugout stairs can be hazardous to a player's health, many would consider this type of offensive output cause for celebration.

The injury-ravaged Mets erupted for an uncharacteristic nine runs, doing so without Luis Castillo, who sprained his left ankle in Tuesday night's dugout accident.

"I think the big thing is we've had guys step up," said Jeff Francoeur, who went 2-for-3 with a double. "You might see a couple new faces every other week just from injuries, but as a team you have to overcome that and you can't make excuses even though it's easy to."

The unlikeliest of contributors was emergency reliever Nelson Figueroa, who entered the game with two outs and two on in the second after starter Jonathon Niese left with a right hamstring strain.

After getting out of the jam, Figueroa delivered a two-run triple in the bottom of the inning. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Angel Pagan. Even Bobby Parnell, who worked three innings for the save, recorded his first career hit.

Pagan went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a two-run blast in the eighth that landed just to the left of the Home Run Apple in center.

"It feels good just to give the team the opportunity to score some runs, and keep doing well in the top of the order," said Pagan, the team's leadoff hitter who finished a double short of the cycle.

Still, all that offense wasn't enough to put a smile on Wright's face.

"We've got to find some more consistency," he said. "Not necessarily going out there and having this type of day every day and not getting too high, not getting too low. Hopefully there's some consistency in our future."

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