Flores 6 for 6 with 2 HRs, Mets romp to 4-game sweep of Cubs
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores, center, is greeted in the dugout by teammates after scoring during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, July 3, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Flores went 6 for 6 with two of New York's five home runs, and the Mets romped to another four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs by battering Jon Lester in a 14-3 blowout Sunday.
Curtis Granderson homered immediately in his return to the starting lineup, and New York also got long balls from Rene Rivera and pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson while setting season highs for runs and hits (22) in support of Noah Syndergaard (9-3).
Before Friday night, the Mets had never hit five home runs in a game at Citi Field, which opened in 2009. They did it twice in 45 hours against a Cubs pitching staff that began the day with a 2.97 ERA – by far the lowest in the majors.
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After sweeping four games from Chicago in the NL Championship Series last October, the Mets outscored the Cubs 32-11 in winning their first four matchups this year. It was New York's first four-game sweep of Chicago in the regular season since June 1985 at Shea Stadium.