Morning Rewind, 8/25: Captain Comeback

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David Wright Returns in Historical Rout


By JOHN DORN

The New York Mets have been doing just fine without David Wright. But that doesn't mean he won't help.

The team's captain returned after a 131-day absence, rehabbing back from a career-threatening case of spinal stenosis. Over recent weeks, New York has built a suddenly threatening offense built around Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda -- fitting Wright into a seemingly perfect ancillary role.

So Monday's return likely wasn't anything special, right? Maybe a single or two would make for reasonable expectations after all that time away from Major League pitching?

Nope.



In the third pitch of his first at-bat, Wright sent one sailing into the upper deck. So much for tempered expectations.

It was one of a franchise-record eight home runs for the Mets, including a pair by folk hero Wilmer Flores. Daniel Murphy got in on the fun, and boy, did he soak up the moment.



The team combined for another record: 15 extra-base hits. Jacob deGrom couldn't make it out of the third inning, allowing seven runs on eight hits. But when you hit eight balls out of the park, all is forgiven.

The Mets now hold the largest division lead in baseball -- sitting 5.5 games over the Washington Nationals.

Mets 16, Phillies 7

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New York Mets' David Wright, right, passes third base coach Tim Teufel, left, while scoring on a home run by Wilmer Flores in the fourth inning of a baseball game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets congratulates teammate David Wright #5 on a home run in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 24, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets hits his first home run in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 24, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright laughs during warmups before the start of a baseball game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, New York Mets third baseman David Wright charges a ground ball during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington. Wright is confident he'll return this season from his back injury. He's just not sure when. Wright, who has been in Los Angeles being treated by specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, joined his teammates in San Diego on Tuesday, June 2, where the Mets are playing the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright reacts to the penultimate out in ninth inning as the Mets shut out the Philadelphia Phillies in their home opener baseball game in New York, Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
This is a 2015 photo of David Wright of the New York Mets baseball team. This image reflects the Mets active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Mets' David Wright (5) is congratulated after scoring during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Mets' David Wright (5) celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning of the baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field, Sunday, July 13, 2014 in New York. The Mets defeated the Marlins 9-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Mets' David Wright reacts after he struck out swinging in the ninth inning of the Mets 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Sam Freeman, right, tags the bag to force New York Mets' David Wright out at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright throws out New York Yankees Alfonso Soriano in the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo)
New York Mets' David Wright warms up in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
New York Mets David Wright (5) is assisted by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy after Wright was hit in the head by a pitch in the third inning in a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field in New York, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
National League captain David Wright, of the New York Mets, during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Around the League

NYY 1, HOU 0

It took two hours and 47 minutes, and all of nine innings, but a run eventually did come across at Yankee Stadium on Monday. A Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly plated Brett Gardner in the bottom of the ninth, off former Yankee Chad Qualls.

ATL 5, COL 3
They've been playing like it for some time, but now -- officially -- the Rockies are the worst team in baseball. Allowing runs to the lowly braves in the fourth, fifth and sixth consecutively was enough to blow this one. It snapped a seven-game Braves losing skid, and a stretch of 11 losses in 13 games.

CHC 2, CLE 1


He's only been around for a few short months, but Kris Bryant has been making his mark at the ends of games. Monday brought his second walk-off homer of the season, pushing the Cubs to a season-high 21 games over .500.

CIN 12, DET 5
Posting 10 runs in an inning doesn't usually end poorly. This held true Monday, when Cincy put up a 10-spot in the sixth inning. Two more runs in the eighth sealed the deal.

PIT 5, MIA 2
The Pirates just keep on rolling. At 75-48, they're the second-best team in the National League -- but the only better team plays in their division. Pittsburgh still trails St. Louis by 3.5 games for the Central lead, setting them up for a one-game playoff against yet another Central team, the Cubs, if these standings hold.

KC 8, BAL 3

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A two-out rally in the sixth resulted in a seven-run inning for the AL-leading Royals. A 3-1 deficit turned into an 8-3 lead, and Mike Moustakas was at the center of yet another KC rally with a two-run homer. Lorenzo Cain, who went 3-for-5 himself with a pair of RBIs, received the postgame Gatorade bath.

BOS 5, CWS 4
This season's second installment of the Battle of the Sox begins in Boston's favor. The Red Sox snap a two-game losing skid, edging Chicago despite a late, ill-fated rally attempt in the bottom of the ninth.

OAK 11, SEA 5
More crooked numbers put up, this time by Oakland in the fifth. A seven-spot thrusted them over the Mariners at Safeco Field Monday, giving Hisashi Iwakuma his first loss since July 28.

STL 5, ARI 3
The Pirates are surging, but they're not gaining any ground as long as the Cardinals keep on being the Cardinals. A couple of Arizona miscues opened the door, and St. Louis took advantage, as they tend to do.


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