• Cespedes, slam lead Mets' rout of Phillies
  • He had sent Citi Field into delirium once more, and Yoenis Cespedes wanted to show the 35,832 fans his appreciation. Jogging back to the dugout in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, his 26th homer of the year in the seats, Cespedes raised both hands to his lips and blew the Mets faithful a kiss.

  • Cecchini among top prospect performers Saturday
  • It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

  • Lightning the load: Thor, Mets turning corner
  • Noah Syndergaard didn't have much time to react. After doubling earlier in the fourth inning, he took a lead off third base and watched as Yoenis Cespedes smoked a 104.2-mph line drive foul down the left-field line. Disaster wasn't as close as it seemed, but all Syndergaard could think of was self-preservation as his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame staggered a bit before dropping to the grass.

  • Johnson's slam breaks Citi Field HR record
  • The vibe around the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes said, is starting to feel a lot like it did the last two months of 2015. There are a few reasons: Desire. Motivation. An unwillingness to give up. The Cuban slugger might be right, but the Mets are also borrowing a formula from last season: Hitting home runs in bunches.

  • Montero to start Monday in place of deGrom
  • Rafael Montero, who was scratched from his scheduled start for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, will be recalled to start Monday's series opener against the Marlins in place of Jacob deGrom, the Mets announced.

  • Bruce gets 'mental day'; Ruggiano to DL
  • Jay Bruce felt his balky right calf flare up on Friday, but the Mets were far more concerned with where the right fielder was mentally. On a day where the club scored nine runs on 11 hits to take the first game of a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field, Bruce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

  • Gsellman to make first start in finale vs. Phils
  • Robert Gsellman probably didn't picture his first Major League appearance playing out as it did. Promoted Aug. 22 to provide bullpen stability, the long-haired righty from Santa Monica, Calif., found himself on the mound one day later in the first inning of the Mets' 7-4 win over the Cardinals.

  • Four-es: Wilmer's slam among Mets' 4 HRs in win
  • In need of another storybook run as they look to scale the National League Wild Card standings, the Mets on Friday turned to a player best known for his flair for the dramatic. Wilmer Flores slugged his third career grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes combined for three additional homers and Bartolo Colon cruised, leading the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

  • Collins: Colon has kept Mets in playoff race
  • On a day when the Mets announced that they will skip Jacob deGrom's next start because of mechanical issues, Mets manager Terry Collins couldn't provide enough praise for Friday's starter Bartolo Colon, the lone pitcher in New York's rotation who hasn't dealt with any sort of lingering issue this season.

  • Blond bombshells make history with homers
  • Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera opened the bottom of the first inning of the Mets' 9-4 win on Friday with back-to-back homers off Phillies starter Adam Morgan, marking just the second time in franchise history the Mets have opened a game with consecutive dingers.

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