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One of the league’s foremost sluggers against left-handed pitchers, Flores clubbed his slam off Phillies starter Adam Morgan in the fifth inning, opening up a five-run lead for the Mets. An inning later, Cabrera hit his second homer, after teaming up with Reyes to open the game with back-to-back solo shots.

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Blond Mets blast back-to-back

Blond Mets blast back-to-back

PHI@NYM: Blond Mets go back-to-back in the first

Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera connect for back-to-back home runs to open the scoring for the Mets in the bottom of the 1st inning

All of it was more than enough support for Colon, a beacon of sturdiness as injuries crumble the rotation around him. Though the Phillies chased him from the game with four consecutive hits to lead off the eighth inning, Colon became the first Mets starter to pitch even into the sixth inning in their last four games. He allowed four runs in total, holding the Phillies hitless until the fifth.

Morgan gave up six runs in five innings, all of them on homers. Though he did record the Phillies’ first run with an RBI single, Colon topped him there, too, recording two hits in a game for the first time since 2002.

Morgan's RBI single

Morgan’s RBI single

PHI@NYM: Morgan scores Herrera with a single

Adam Morgan rips a line drive into left field, scoring Odubel Herrera to cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1 in the top of the 5th inning

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Grand Flo: It was the first of Colon’s two hits, a leadoff double in the fifth inning, that sparked the Mets’ most significant rally of the night. Reyes followed with a double, and Neil Walker walked to load the bases three batters later. That brought up Flores, who crushed a first-pitch slider over the left-field wall for his grand slam, earning a curtain call from the Citi Field crowd.

Colon smacks a double

Colon smacks a double

PHI@NYM: Colon lines a double into left field

Bartolo Colon knocks a line drive into left-center field for his second double of the season in the bottom of the 5th inning

A couple steps too short: Before Flores broke the game open in the fifth, Ryan Howard found himself with an opportunity to end the inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Walker hit a popup into foul territory. Howard jogged back, looking over his shoulder. The ball dunked in in foul territory without going into the stands. Walker made the most of the extra chance and walked, setting the stage for Flores’ blast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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