CINCINNATI -- If catcher Travis d'Arnaud was distracted by the possibility of having to deal with Cincinnati base-stealing phenom Billy Hamilton from behind the plate, it didn’t carry over to the batter’s box.
The rookie drove in a career-high four runs -- three with a home run -- and Bartolo Colon won his fourth consecutive road start as the Mets rolled to a 14-5 romp over the Reds on Friday night. In the process, the Mets set season highs for home runs and runs in a game.
The Mets also tied their season-high for hits in a game (18) while extending their winning streak to three, the longest since a season-high four-game surge sandwiched around the All-Star break. They have averaged 7.6 runs per game over the last five.
You d'Man!: d’Arnaud plated New York’s first run with a solid single to left field in the Mets' two-run first. He broke the game open with a 363-foot blast into the left-field seats following an intentional walk to Lucas Duda with two outs in the fourth. He finished with three hits for the fifth time this season.
Wil the thrill: Rookie shortstop Wilmer Flores added a whopping 431-foot solo homer in the fifth while extending his hitting streak to a career-high six games.
Four score: Third baseman David Wright tied his career high with four hits.
Slump buster: Curtis Granderson, batting sixth for the third time this season, snapped a 0-for-18 slump with a first-inning RBI double and a sixth-inning three-run homer, his first homer since Aug. 22 against the Dodgers.
The drives for five: Dilson Herrera’s second homer of the season, on the first pitch of the eighth inning, and Duda’s two-run shot in the ninth gave New York a season-high five home runs.
Road warrior: Colon (13-11) hasn’t lost on the road in five starts since June 29 at Pittsburgh.