Cespedes hits 3 homers in first 5 innings vs Phillies


"He's a special player". "But I don't think about that during the course of the game".

Cabrera and the Mets obviously took offense to the pitch - Cabrera yelled "What the hell are you doing?!" to Ramos -and home plate umpire Alan Porter warned both dugouts.

As for why he thought Cabrera got so angry, Ramos said, "I really don't know, but I don't want to keep talking about this". He hit not one, not two, but three home runs on Tuesday night - each one a bomb on its own merit. Starting pitching figures to dominate this contest the same way they've dominated in this matchup nearly every time the past couple of seasons.

"It just hurt", Buchholz said. "That's all there is to it".

It was noteworthy enough that in just his second start with the Phillies Clay Buchholz was forced from his start after giving up six runs over just 2 1/3 innings. Bartolo Colon (0-1) allowed six runs in four innings.

So yet another Mets win in Philly, this time with the bonus for their large fan contingent to see Pete walk the plank.

Duda blasted one 448 feet over the towering, ivy-covered brick wall in center off Morgan. Seven marks the most home runs the Mets have hit in a game since August 24, 2015, when they hit eight home runs in a 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Braves outfielder Matt Kemp has been placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday because of a right hamstring strain. "They're going to give him an MRI (on Wednesday)". He went 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 1/3 innings pitcher in 11 big-league starts last season after logging 68 1/3 innings at Lehigh Valley.

The Mets kept piling on.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) got two outs for the Mets, aided by a fine defensive play from catcher Travis d'Arnaud and Cabrera at shortstop. Instead, it led to the Mets taking a two-run lead with all the motivation. Stassi's drive to right-center was his first major league hit.

"I told (Gomez) we were going to back off of him as closer for the time being", Mackanin said. It certainly wasn't a meaningless bit of showboating - the Mets would go on to tie the Giants for the first Wild Card spot, one game ahead of St. Louis - so Cabrera's dinger arguably made the difference for playoff qualification.

An inning later, the Mets lengthened their lead when Cabrera and Cespedes hit back-to-back shots to make it 8-1.

Statcast™ may have measured the ball at 105 miles per hour off the bat, but the sheer joy Cespedes created in one plate appearance?

All four runs charged to Morgan, who was optioned to Triple-A after the game, came on solo homers.

George Springer homered and starter Joe Musgrove (1-0) got the win for the Astros.

Michael Stiles - the former United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania - announced his retirement from his role as vice president and chief operating officer, effective June 30.

But it was a dozen radio listeners who wore Christie masks and held up signs taking jabs at the governor during Monday's home opener against Christie's favorite team, the New York Mets.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00) gets his second start.