Red-hot Mets break shutout record

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

NEW YORK — The Mets left Citi Field smil­ing af­ter a record­set­ting rout. They hope to re­turn home for more games this year.

In the largest shutout vic­tory in team his­tory, As­drubal Cabr­era hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and the Mets over­whelmed the Phillies 17-0 on Sun­day to main­tain the NL wild­card lead.

On an af­ter­noon when bat­ters cir­cled the bases like the car­toon Gashouse Go­ril­las, Reyes bat­ted four straight times with the bases loaded, and Cabr­era hit his 23rd home run of the sea­son.

Cur­tis Gran­der­son reached 30 home runs for the first time since 2012, and rookie Robert Gsell­man (3-2) al­lowed three hits over seven in­nings.

The Mets’ pre­vi­ous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Cubs in 1965 and the Reds in 1998. The Mets have scored 25 unan­swered runs af­ter fall­ing be­hind 10-0 in the fourth in­ning Satur­day night.

Wear­ing 1986 com­mem­o­ra­tive uni­forms for per­haps the last time this year, the Mets be­gan the day tied with the Gi­ants for the NL’s two wild cards, a half-game ahead of the Car­di­nals.

Hop­ing for their first con­secu- tive post­sea­son ap­pear­ances since 1999-2000, the Mets close with three games each against the Mar­lins in Mi­ami and the Phillies in Philadel­phia af­ter fin­ish­ing 44-37 at home.

Fans chanted “We want play­offs!” in the fi­nal in­ning of the three-hit­ter.

Gsell­man, a 26-year-old righthander mak­ing his sixth big league start, struck out a ca­reerbest eight and walked two. He also reached on a bunt sin­gle in the third for his first ma­jor league hit. The Phillies de­fense was puz­zling, given that Gsell­man has a torn left ro­ta­tor cuff and can’t swing away.

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