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On Monday night, Yoenis Cespedes did something he’s accustomed to doing: lifting the Mets in a pivotal moment.

Cespedes came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning of a tied game versus the Marlins. You probably know what’s coming next. Yup — Cespedes clobbered a 1-1 fastball from Nick Wittgren deep into the New York night, thereby securing the win:

This being Cespedes, he celebrated with a bat flip:

yoenis-cespedes.jpgVintage Cespedes. USATSI

And, for whatever reason, with an empty bubble-gum bucket:

The Mets looked like they were about out of the race as recently as a week or so ago. They’ve since gone 7-3 over their last 10, and now sit 2.5 games back of a wild-card spot. With two more games against the Marlins to go, the Mets could well position themselves for another late-season run.

If they do, you can bet Cespedes will be a big part of it.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: Cespedes hits massive walkoff home run, celebrates in style