The Mets finished with a season-high 22 hits, matching the franchise record for a home game. “We had a rough series in Washington and we never put our head down,” Flores said. Said manager Terry Collins: "Coming into these four games I think the guys ...and more »
5:41 PM ETprintcommentNEW YORK -- The New York Mets arrived home reeling after getting swept at first-place Washington.Their scoreless streak had grown to a season-high 23 innings before mercifully ending in the final frame at Nationals Park.Their deficit in the division standings had swelled to six games, tying their season high.Curtis Granderson was hobbled with a strained right calf.And Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard begrudgingly had been outed as having bone spurs in their pitching elbows.So what did the Mets do upon returning to Citi Field to face the Chicago Cubs? They swept the four-game series against the team that owned MLB’s best record, of course.Jon Lester had the shortest of his 301 career starts, recording only four outs, and the Mets routed the Cubs, 14-3 Sunday.After going 0-7 in the regular season against the Cubs a year ago, the Mets swept Chicago in the National League Championship Series and now just completed another four-game sweep this holiday weekend.Wilmer Flores on Sunday goes 6-for-6 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored as the Mets complete a four-game sweep of the Cubs. AP Photo/Seth WenigWilmer Flores, whose days as the primary third baseman appear numbered with Jose Reyes poised to join the Mets this week, finished 6-for-6 with two homers, four RBI and three runs scored. He matched the franchise record for hits in a game, joining Edgardo Alfonzo (6-for-6 with three homers, five RBI and six runs scored at Houston on Aug. 30, 1999).The Mets finished with a season-high 22 hits, matching the franchise record for a home game.“We had a rough series in Washington and we never put our head down,” Flores said.Said manager Terry Collins: "Coming into these four games I think the guys knew they had a huge challenge ahead of them and I think they picked up their game and knew that they had a lot of work to do.”Granderson had a first-inning solo homer in his first start since departing Tuesday’s game in Washington with the calf issue. Flores and Rene Rivera homered an inning later as the Mets sent 13 batters to the plate and exploded for seven runs in the second.The eight runs scored by the Mets against Lester (9-4) matched the total the southpaw had allowed in all six of his June starts. Lester’s ERA rose from 2.03 to 2.67.The Mets produced their second five-homer game of the series. Kelly Johnson's two-run shot as a pinch hitter in the seventh against Joel Peralta upped the lead to 13-1.The Mets (44-37) scored 32 runs in the four-game series. They had arrived home averaging 3.6 runs per game this season -- among the dregs of Major League Baseball.Catcher Miguel Montero finished the game on the mound for the Cubs (51-30). With Asdrubal Cabrera unavailable due to a cranky knee, Jacob deGrom even got a chance to pinch hit. He flied out against Montero.Syndergaard, who had been spotted a 4-0 lead in Washington last week only to be pulled after three innings with the Mets trailing, this time cruised.Pitching with a small bone spur in the back of his pitching elbow, Syndergaard (9-3) surrendered an RBI single to Anthony Rizzo in the opening frame but sustained no other damage in an 84-pitch outing that spanned seven innings. He retired 11 straight batters at one point, until Addison Russell singled to lead off the sixth.“I just try to go out there and pound the strike zone,” Syndergaard said. “… The last thing you want to do is go out there when you have a big lead like that and start walking guys.”What’s next: The Mets welcome the Miami Marlins to Citi Field for a three-game series. Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.55 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.45) in Monday’s 4:10 p.m. ET series opener.
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