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Mets rout Blue Jays, 12-2, as bats come alive

Lagares, Rosario, Mesoraco lead 16-hit attack, and even Syndergaard drives in a pair.

Mets outfielder Juan Lagares follows through on a

Mets outfielder Juan Lagares follows through on a two-run double against the Blue Jays at Citi Field on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Starring Tuesday night at Citi Field was a consistent pour with a bit of thunder and lightning — and that was after the rain stopped.

The Mets crushed the Blue Jays, 12-2, behind their best collective offensive night of the month as they burst out for 16 hits (six for extra bases) and flashed the adept baserunning that highlighted their hot streak last month.

After a storm delayed first pitch by about an hour and a half, every starter except Wilmer Flores had a hit to help the Mets (20-18) again stave off the possibility of falling to .500. Four Mets, including righthander Noah Syndergaard, drove in multiple runs.

This, the Mets hope, more closely resembles the type of team they are than the version that has sputtered for weeks, failing to win consecutive games for more than a month.

“We needed it,” manager Mickey Callaway said of the big night. “We had a lot of production from the bottom of our lineup, set the table for the top. It was really good to see. A lot of good at-bats.”

Said Devin Mesoraco: “If us guys down at the bottom of the order can swing the bat and get on base, turn it over like that, we’ll be tough to beat.”

For a night, at least, the bottom of the lineup came through.

Mesoraco, batting sixth in his first home game as a Met, reached base five times: two hits (including a homer) and three walks. He scored five times. Syndergaard had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly. No. 9 hitter Amed Rosario was 3-for-4, tying his career high for hits in a game, and had four batted balls with exit velocities greater than 103.5 mph. One of those bounced off the very top of the wall in right-center, but fell back onto the field for a double.

The Mets’ dozen runs Tuesday were more than they scored in an entire week (eight in four games) entering the night. Their five runs in the fourth inning were more than they plated in each of their previous four games and 9 of 11 this month.

That big frame gave the Mets what turned out to be a permanent lead. They all scored against lefthander Jaime Garcia (3 2⁄3 innings, six runs).

Juan Lagares, batting second for the first time this season, went 4-for-5 (also matching his career high) with three RBIs, a triple and a stolen base. That upped his average and OPS to .357 and .804, respectively.

“It seems like whatever spot he’s been in, he’s done a good job this year,” Callaway said.

On the mound, Syndergaard was not his best. He allowed as many runs as he drove in (two), lasting five innings and giving up five hits and two walks. He struck out seven, including three in the first inning.

Fighting a high pitch count throughout, Syndergaard loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, prompting a visit from pitching coach Dave Eiland. Four pitches later, Teoscar Hernandez grounded a sinker over the heart of the plate to shortstop for a routine double play.

“He was a little bit off,” Mesoraco said. “The first inning and in the bullpen, I said, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know how anybody is going to hit this.’ He just got somewhat erratic. He got a little bit frustrated, trying a bit too hard.”

Syndergaard has walked six batters in his past two starts. He has done that in only one other two-start stretch in his career, as a rookie in July 2015.

Tuesday’s outing was much like most of Syndergaard’s other starts this year: decent, but not up to the standard of excellence the team expects from him and that he holds himself to. This time, it was good enough.

“I didn’t see him attack the way I’ve seen him attack in the past,” Callaway said. “He was trying to place the ball a little bit, the ball was running off the plate. He’ll get to where he wants to be.”

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