Mets achieve record win over Phils in home fi­nale

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Blum

The Mets get their big­gest shutout win ever, a 17-0 rout of the Phillies, in their last reg­u­larsea­son home game.

The Mets left Citi Field smil­ing af­ter a record-set­ting 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 drove in four runs and New York over­whelmed the Philadel­phia Phillies 17-0 Sun­day to main­tain the NL wild-card 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 this 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.

New York’s pre­vi­ous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Chicago Cubs in 1965 and Cincin­nati in 1998. New York 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, New York be­gan the day tied with San Fran­cisco for the NL’s two wild cards, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.

Hop­ing for their first con­sec­u­tive post­sea­son ap­pear­ances since 1999-2000, the Mets close with three games each at Mi­ami and 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 right-han­der mak­ing his sixth big league start, struck out a ca­reer-best eight and walked two, leav­ing to a stand­ing ova­tion. He also reached on a bunt sin­gle in the third for his first ma­jor league hit; Philadel­phia’s de­fense was puz­zling, given that Gsell­man has a torn left ro­ta­tor cuff and can’t swing away.

In a matchup of rookie starters, James Loney hit a run-scor­ing dou­ble­play grounder in the sec­ond off Jake Thomp­son (36), and Gran­der­son led off the fourth by driv­ing an 0-2 changeup into the bullpens in right cen­ter. Gran­der­son has just 56 RBIs de­spite get­ting 30 homers for the fourth time — with 10 in his last 23 games.

Reyes drew a pair of bases-loaded walks and hit a two-run dou­ble.

Reyes’ first walk made it 3-0 later in the in­ning, and the Mets dou­bled the lead in the fifth af­ter slump­ing Jay Bruce sin­gled high off the wall in left-cen­ter for his sec­ond hit but was held to a sin­gle be­cause Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes ad­vanced only from sec­ond to third.

T.J. Rivera sin­gled in a run off Phil Klein, who forced in a run by hit­ting Rene Rivera with a pitch with the bases loaded. Colton Mur­ray threw a run-scor­ing wild pitch.

Thomp­son, among play­ers ac­quired in last year’s trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas, al­lowed three runs and five hits in four in­nings. Philadel­phia’s bullpen al­lowed 28 runs — 27 earned — over 17 in­nings in the se­ries. HOMER HAPPY: New York hit a team-record 112 home runs at home and has 212 over­all, also a fran­chise mark.

AT THE GATE: Sun­day’s crowd of 35,093 raised the Mets’ home at­ten­dance this sea­son to 2,789,602, up from 2,569,753 last year and the high­est since the club drew 3,154,262 dur­ing Citi Field’s in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 2009.

OUCH: New York set a team record when four bat­ters were hit by pitches — Ce­s­pedes, Rene Rivera, Rivera and Gavin Cec­chini. Phillies pitch­ers also walked nine and threw three wild pitches.

FLAIL­ING: Philadel­phia Ro­man Quinn struck out in the eighth and has whiffed in his last six at-bats.

SETH WENIG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York Mets’ As­drubal Cabr­era re­acts as he crosses home plate af­ter hit­ting a grand slam dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of the base­ball game against the Philadel­phia Phillies at Citi Field, Sun­day in New York.

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