Cespedes' three homers help Mets outslug Rockies

Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:31am EDT
 
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Aug 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Yoenis Cespedes tied a franchise record with three home runs and the New York Mets blew an early six-run lead before rebounding to beat the Colorado Rockies 14-9 on Friday.

Cespedes went 5-for-6, adding a double, seven RBIs and five runs as the Mets defeated the Rockies for the ninth consecutive time.

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud and left fielder Michael Conforto hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to boost the Mets' lead to 12-8.

Cespedes set career highs in homers, hits, RBIs and runs.

"He's a special talent," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The center fielder hit a grand slam in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth. He belted a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Mets a 10-8 lead after the Rockies fought back from a 7-1 deficit in the second to tie the score st 8-8 in the fifth.

With a chance for a fourth homer, Cespedes singled in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Cespedes lined a ball to right-center that seemed headed for the gap, but right fielder Carlos Gonzalez made a nice running catch.

"I thought the last ball had a shot, and now you just can't wait to see what he's going to do tomorrow," Collins said.

Cespedes wasn't thinking of a fourth homer, his sights set instead on hitting for the cycle.   Continued...

 
Aug 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits his third home run of the game during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports