Colon goes to changeup to deliver important start

Mets righty tosses seven scoreless innings, helps give bullpen a rest

Colon goes to changeup to deliver important start

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Mets presented Bartolo Colon with Wednesday night's wrestling-style championship belt, a nightly tradition after wins, the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park burst into cheers. They were loud enough to be audible outside a set of double doors, through a concrete wall.

Later, before Colon began discussing the particulars of his seven scoreless innings in a 9-4 win over the Phillies, interpreter Ricky Bones pushed aside a stack of hangers in his locker to make the belt clearly visible.

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Mets tie club record with 40th HR of month

Cuddyer blasts two-run shot into second deck in 8th inning vs. Phillies

Mets tie club record with 40th HR of month

PHILADELPHIA -- Bat struck ball and a few seconds later, Michael Cuddyer's two-run homer settled into Citizens Bank Park's upper deck -- a no-doubter, which Statcast™ projected to land 424 feet from where Cuddyer stood. Yet there was no use ogling it either during or after the Mets' 9-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night. The team, after all, is used to this sort of thing.

Cuddyer's eighth-inning homer was the Mets' 40th of August, tying the franchise record for any month that they set in June 2006. And they still have five games left in August.

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Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third time this season, the Mets own a winning streak of at least half a dozen games. They grabbed their sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, extending their National League East lead over the Nationals to 6 1/2 games -- their largest since leading the Phillies by seven games with 17 to go in 2007 -- and putting themselves on pace for exactly 90 wins.

"You've got to win games you're supposed to win, there's no question about it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Right now, we'll take it."

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Niese, Mets seek 7th straight win, sweep of Phils

Niese, Mets seek 7th straight win, sweep of Phils

The Mets will look to continue their strong play away from Citi Field and complete a sweep of the Phillies behind Jon Niese in the final game of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. New York has found an offensive rhythm recently and has tied a club record for any month with 40 homers in August. The Mets have won six games in a row -- all on the road -- and own a 6 1/2-game lead on the second-place Nationals in the National League East.

Niese, who has a quality start in 12 of his last 14 games, is 10-6 lifetime against the Phillies with a 2.77 ERA. This year he is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA against Philly while allowing just one earned run in 13 1/3 innings. He is 5-0 in his last seven starts against the NL East rivals.

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Matz hurls six scoreless innings at Double-A

Mets' No. 1 prospect likely to make one more rehab start before joining club

Matz hurls six scoreless innings at Double-A

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Matz may be more than a week away from coming off the disabled list, but he certainly looked ready in his latest rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton.

Matz delivered six shutout, one-hit innings against Erie, striking out six and walking none. It was the rookie left-hander's first rehab start at Binghamton, following two outings with Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

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O'Flaherty struggling as Mets' lefty specialist

O'Flaherty struggling as Mets' lefty specialist

PHILADELPHIA -- First it was Josh Edgin, the left-handed reliever who underwent Tommy John surgery in March, followed by Jack Leathersich in July. In between, the Mets traded for Jerry Blevins, who fractured (and later re-fractured) his throwing arm and is likely out for the season. Left-handers Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin never profiled as one-out specialists, despite their use in that role at times.

Now it's August and the one lefty specialist on New York's roster, Eric O'Flaherty, is struggling on a near-nightly basis. O'Flaherty faced five batters in the Mets' 9-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday, retired two of them and allowed three runs. His ERA since coming to the Mets in an early-August waiver deal is 15.88; lefties are hitting .444 off him with a walk during that span.

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Mets ready to put quick-pitch incident behind them

Mets ready to put quick-pitch incident behind them

PHILADELPHIA -- By the time batting practice began on Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins was ready to chat and joke around the cage with Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, his longtime friend turned temporary antagonist. Earlier in the day, Collins quipped that Bowa needed "a little bit of time" to cool off after screaming at Hansel Robles and Daniel Murphy during an on-field altercation Tuesday.

Collins was ready to put it in the past, as were his players.

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Syndergaard shakes off HRs to halt road woes

Rookie right-hander strikes out nine over five innings vs. Phillies

Syndergaard shakes off HRs to halt road woes

PHILADELPHIA -- The zero was plain to see, worrisome enough for the Mets to alter Noah Syndergaard's routine. Electric at home, Syndergaard had never won a road game entering Tuesday's play, thanks in large part to an ERA nearly three times as large away from Citi Field. So the Mets spent most of August tinkering with Syndergaard's pregame timing and workload, trying to make things as close to home as possible.

If Syndergaard was as worried as his superiors, he's not saying. After giving up four runs in five innings Tuesday to earn the win in a 6-5 Mets victory over the Phillies, the rookie shoved aside talk of his home-road splits.

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Clutch Cuddyer thriving in part-time role

Veteran delivers two-run, pinch-hit single in Mets' 6-5 win over Phils

Clutch Cuddyer thriving in part-time role

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Cuddyer was in the middle of explaining how he's always been adept at pinch-hitting, with most of the opportunities coming early in career, when he paused and started laughing.

"That was a long time ago," the 15-year veteran said.

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Mets rally to give Syndergaard first road win

Mets rally to give Syndergaard first road win

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillie Phanatic crushing a Mets helmet to smithereens during a between-innings gag was not evidence enough, then Larry Bowa's ejection sealed it. Make no mistake: the Mets may be in first place and the Phillies in last, but there's still a rivalry coursing down Interstate 95.

That was apparent throughout the Mets' fifth straight win on Monday, a 6-5 victory at Citizens Bank Park that improved them to 10-1 against the Phillies this season. Noah Syndergaard earned his first road victory of the year, Travis d'Arnaud tied things on a bases-loaded walk and Michael Cuddyer gave the Mets the lead for good with a pinch-hit, two-run single off Jeanmar Gomez in the sixth.

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Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

Philadelphia's bench coach tossed after benches clear in Mets' win

Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Give the man a chance to hit.

Tempers flared and benches emptied in the seventh inning Tuesday night in the Mets' 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies felt Mets right-hander Hansel Robles quick-pitched a pair of their hitters on consecutive nights before they had a chance to get set in the batter's box. The second occurrence got Jeff Francoeur out of the dugout, bench coach Larry Bowa ejected and Daniel Murphy wondering why Bowa wanted him drilled in the ribs with a pitch.

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Stats of the Day: Mets dial up historic power

NL East leaders set franchise mark with eight homers; Bryant's milestone 20th homer a walk-off for Cubs

Stats of the Day: Mets dial up historic power

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday ...

• The Mets set a franchise record with eight home runs as they pummeled the Phillies, 16-7. The previous record of seven had been set on April 19, 2005, also against the Phils. The Mets added seven doubles to set a new team record with 15 extra-base hits. The previous record of 13 had been set on Aug. 24, 2005, 10 years to the day.

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Record 8 HRs propel Mets in Wright's return

Record 8 HRs propel Mets in Wright's return

PHILADELPHIA -- No deficit is too large for the new-look Mets to overcome. No offensive benchmarks are too ostentatious. David Wright homered in his first game since April and wound up being a footnote in the Mets' 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday, which featured a franchise record eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright, who had not played since April 14 due to a career-threatening spinal condition, homered off Adam Morgan on his first swing back from the disabled list. That sparked a torrent of offense from a Mets team that has scored in clumps throughout its three-city road trip, using two Wilmer Flores homers and a half-dozen others to pick up Jacob deGrom after his worst start of the season.

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Welcome back, Captain: Wright homers in 1st at-bat

All-Star third baseman hits first of club-record 8 HRs in rout of Phils

Welcome back, Captain: Wright homers in 1st at-bat

PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets piled out of their team bus late Sunday night and rode an elevator up to the lobby of their hotel, exhausted from their day game in Colorado and flight across the country. Then the elevator door opened and there was David Wright, grinning in full uniform with a tray of cookies he purchased from a nearby bakery.

With that, the barrier that had separated the Mets from their captain since April came tumbling to the ground. The Mets laughed and snapped photos and ate cookies together, and by the time they all arrived at the ballpark on Monday for Wright's first big league game in over four months, it seemed like just another game.

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Mets set club records with 8 HRs, 15 XBH vs. Phils

Flores goes deep twice, Cespedes homers in 9th for new mark

Mets set club records with 8 HRs, 15 XBH vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Turns out David Wright's welcome-back homer was just the beginning.

Wright's solo homer in the second inning Monday sparked a franchise-record eight from the Mets in their 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Juan Lagares added a solo shot in the third inning, Wilmer Flores went back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the fourth and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth, and only then did the Mets begin piling on. Michael Cuddyer added a solo homer two batters later, Daniel Murphy tied the franchise record with a two-run shot in the sixth and Yoenis Cespedes broke it with a two-run laser in the ninth.

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Did you know: Mets, Phils set amazin' records

Did you know: Mets, Phils set amazin' records

The Mets continued their torrid offensive pace on Monday night when they took aim at a number of franchise -- and Major League -- records with a home run barrage against the Phillies.

The Phillies also chipped in some homers of their own, as the two clubs combined for one of the top power displays in Major League history. Here's a look at 10 of the top facts and figures stemming from the Mets' 16-7 victory:

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Gilmartin picks up Mets after deGrom's blip

Left-hander tosses 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief vs. Phillies

Gilmartin picks up Mets after deGrom's blip

PHILADELPHIA -- In his former life as a starter, a pitch count well above 50 would have meant little to Sean Gilmartin. But since Spring Training, Gilmartin has served exclusively as a reliever, his ticket to a roster spot on the first-place Mets. So he couldn't help but take notice as his pitch total soared in the middle innings Monday, forcing him to rely on adrenaline in the Mets' 16-7 victory over the Phillies.

"I'll definitely feel it in the next couple days," Gilmartin said.

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Mets get 'favorable' report on Duda's back

First baseman diagnosed with small thoracic disk herniation

Mets get 'favorable' report on Duda's back

PHILADELPHIA -- A second opinion on first baseman Lucas Duda's balky back was "favorable," according to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, and the team now expects Duda back from the disabled list as soon as he is eligible on Sept. 6.

Dr. Robert Watkins, the same California-based specialist who choreographed David Wright's rehab program from spinal stenosis, diagnosed Duda with a small thoracic disk herniation.

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Parnell opts for DL over trip to Minors, DFA

Struggling reliever has posted 14.14 ERA in last 10 appearances

Parnell opts for DL over trip to Minors, DFA

PHILADELPHIA -- Former closer Bobby Parnell did not necessarily have to go on the disabled list last week, he confirmed Monday, but considered a trip there the best of three options that the Mets presented to him.

The team told its struggling reliever last week that they could place him on the DL, option him to Triple-A Las Vegas or designate him for assignment -- the choice was his. Parnell, who has struggled to regain his form since undergoing neck and Tommy John surgery in April 2014, and neck surgery the previous September, opted for his second DL stint of the season.

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Verrett fills in brilliantly for Mets, earns first MLB win

Righty tosses eight innings of one-run ball while making spot start in Harvey's place

Verrett fills in brilliantly for Mets, earns first MLB win

DENVER -- Of course Logan Verrett heard the criticisms, because there were enough to go around. Skipping Matt Harvey's rotation turn due to innings concerns was not a universally beloved strategy. ("The Mets are in a pennant race!" came the cries on talk radio.) Replacing Harvey with Verrett, who couldn't even stick as a Rule 5 Draft pick this spring, was not particularly popular, either.

So two days before squashing all of that with eight innings of one-run ball in the Mets' 5-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday, Verrett leaned over to Harvey and quipped: "Why's everybody freaking out? Don't they know I'm a way better pitcher than you?"

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Mets sweep away Rox behind Verrett's gem

Mets sweep away Rox behind Verrett's gem

DENVER -- Subbing for Matt Harvey, Logan Verrett held the Rockies to one run and four hits in eight innings in his first Major League start, as the National League East-leading Mets won, 5-1, at Coors Field on Sunday. By taking advantage of a memorably scattershot performance by Rockies starter David Hale, New York completed a three-game sweep and maintained a five-game lead over the Nationals.

The lone run off Verrett, who has made 12 total appearances and has given up one run in the last 18 2/3 innings, was Carlos Gonzalez's home run to dead center to lead off the fourth, which Statcast™ projected to land 459 feet away.

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Conforto finding comfort zone with Mets

Rookie left fielder producing, sticking with club while other players go on DL

Conforto finding comfort zone with Mets

DENVER -- For much of July, the Mets' front office explored trades for an outfielder, not wanting to rush Michael Conforto -- a 2014 first-round Draft pick who was in college as recently as last June -- so quickly to the Majors. It was not until the end of the month that team brass finally caved, promoting Conforto directly from Double-A Binghamton.

The Mets have not been able to shake him since.

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Mets bat around before making an out

Club scores eight runs in third inning to knock out Rockies starter Rusin

Mets bat around before making an out

DENVER -- Of all Mets, Juan Uribe understands the powder keg that Coors Field can be. The former Rockie knows that batting around here is hardly unusual, so he didn't raise an eyebrow when his leadoff homer sparked an eight-run rally in the third inning Saturday night, resulting in a second trip to the plate.

What was remarkable was simply that both of Uribe's at-bats occurred before the Rockies retired a batter. The Mets batted around before making an out in the third inning of their second consecutive 14-9 victory, plating seven runs before Uribe finally ended the streak with -- naturally -- a run-scoring double play.

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Mets ride big inning to another 14-9 win over Rox

Mets ride big inning to another 14-9 win over Rox

DENVER -- On Star Wars Night at Coors Field, the National League East-leading Mets knocked Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin into the Twilight Zone en route to a 14-9 victory on Saturday night. New York also beat Colorado by a 14-9 score on Friday night.

"This is how a lot of teams win pennants," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They beat teams you're supposed to beat."

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Back forces Duda to DL as Mets recall Alvarez

Back forces Duda to DL as Mets recall Alvarez

DENVER -- A back injury that has already robbed Lucas Duda of significant August playing time now has him sidelined for the rest of the month. The Mets placed Duda on the disabled list Saturday with a recurrence of the lumbar strain that cost him six games earlier this month.

Duda, 29, left Friday night's game against the Rockies when his back "locked up" on him, in his words. A day later, the Mets disabled him, clearing roster space to promote left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Mets re-acquire E. Young, send him to Triple-A

Mets re-acquire E. Young, send him to Triple-A

DENVER -- With an eye toward the pennant race and perhaps even October, the Mets re-acquired outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Braves on Saturday for cash considerations. Young will report to Triple-A Las Vegas for now, but the Mets plan to discuss making him a September callup.

Because the Mets struck a deal for Young before Sept. 1, he will be eligible for their playoff roster regardless.

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Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

Mets slugger first MLB player with at least 5 hits, 3 blasts, 7 RBIs, 5 runs, stolen base

Cespedes jacks 3 homers in historic game

DENVER -- As the vapor trail of Yoenis Cespedes' sixth well-struck ball neared the farthest reaches of Coors Field, the Mets outfielder lowered his head and sprinted around the bases. Cespedes was already 5-for-5 with three home runs, a double and a single on Friday night, well-established as the primary contributor in what became a 14-9 Mets win over the Rockies. Before stepping to the plate for his sixth and final at-bat, he had already achieved what he considered the best game of his life.

So as Cespedes bid for a sixth hit and a potential cycle, he said afterward, "All I had in my mind was, 'Go to third.' I was trying to go to third base and get a triple. I knew I had hit it hard."

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Cespedes' 3 HRs, 5 hits help Mets outslug Rockies

Cespedes' 3 HRs, 5 hits help Mets outslug Rockies

DENVER -- Yoenis Cespedes knocked a grand slam among his three home runs and five hits, and the National League East-leading Mets went deep five times in a 14-9 victory over the Rockies on a Coors Field kind of Friday night.

So wild was this contest that Jon Gray, the Rockies' rookie righty sensation, was roasted for seven runs and eight hits -- including Cespedes' second-inning slam -- in 1 2/3 innings, and Mets starter Bartolo Colon coughed up seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 frames, yet neither figured in the decision. Also, the Rockies' Nick Hundley finished a home run shy of the cycle, while Cespedes finished a three-run shot away from a home run cycle. The Mets lead the Nationals by five games, which is their largest lead of the season.

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