Juan Lagares isn't known as a slugger among Mets fans.
Nick Ahmed's throwing error was a catalyst for the Mets' five-run inning. With one out in the third inning, Pete Alonso reached second base due to Ahmed's miscue. Instead of Arizona escaping the inning following Robinson Cano's ground out, Young allowed the next three Mets batters on base. Lagares made Ahmed, Young and Arizona pay for the damage.
It would be hard not to notice the smirk across Lagares' face as he crossed home plate. His monumental home run cushioned the Mets' lead over Arizona, 6-0. He put the team in a position to continue its pursuit of a postseason spot. The Mets are also fighting with the Diamondbacks in the NL Wild Card. The Mets entered Thursday with a half-game lead over Arizona, with a chance at a series sweep. But Lagares wasn't finished there.
Prior to Thursday, Lagares had never recorded four RBI in a single game over his seven-year major league career. The Dominican outfielder tallied three RBI in a game on four sseparate occasions with the latest happening in Aug. 2015