WATCH: Mets' Juan Lagares Hits First Career Grand Slam


Juan Lagares isn't known as a slugger among Mets fans.

Lagares, however, did his best impression when he belted his first career grand slam in the Mets' 11-1 win Thursday. With the Mets already clinging to a two-run lead in the third inning, Lagares capitalized on Arizona's Alex Young's sinker, hitting it 393 feet into the left field seats. It was only Lagares' fourth home run of the season. 

Juan swing -- 4⃣ runs

— New York Mets (@Mets) September 12, 2019

"That's a special moment for me in my career," Lagares told reporters following his monsterous day at the plate.

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. 

Two innings later, Lagares went yard for the second time. He was one of three Mets' batter to hit a home run in the fifth inning, where New York erupted for four runs in the inning. 

Not gonna stop. --‍♂️

— New York Mets (@Mets) September 12, 2019

Known mainly for his exceptional defensive prowess, Lagares won his lone Gold Glove Award in 2014. He hadn't built the same reputation at the plate throughout his career.

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