Canó's 1st 3-homer game leads Mets over Padres 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) Robinson Cano certainly could hear the whispers around Citi Field. Everyone else could - at 36, stuck in a season-long slump, was this eight-time All-Star all done?

He didn't think so.

''One day it's going to turn around,'' Cano kept telling himself.

It happened Tuesday night when Cano hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his 15-year career, powering Jason Vargas and the New York Mets over the San Diego Padres 5-2.

Cano drove in all five runs and went 4 for 4, punctuating his performance with a pair of second-deck shots.

The second baseman began the day batting just .243 with six homers in his first season with the Mets. Yet before the game, manager Mickey Callaway expressed confidence that Cano would produce, putting him in the category of ''Hall of Fame hitters.''

Cano connected at Citi Field for the first time since early April. It was just the third three-homer game ever by a Mets player at home - Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both did it in July 2015.

''You'd like to do it, to see how it feels,'' Cano said, pausing and smiling before adding, ''it feels good.''

After singling in the first, Cano hit a solo homer in the fourth. Cano lined a two-run homer off Chris Paddack (6-5) in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh off Logan Allen.

Of Cano's nine homers this year, five have come since the All-Star break. This was his 23rd career multihomer game and first since 2017 with Seattle.

''You don't hit three homers if you're declining,'' Callaway said.

Acquired with closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in the offseason, Cano came with five years and $120 million left on his contract. Despite his struggles, Callaway said the Mets saw good things coming.

''He went through a tough stretch. Robinson Cano probably hasn't been through many,'' Callaway said. ''It stands out a little more when it happens to a player like Robbie.''

Yoenis Cespedes was the previous Mets player to hit three homers, doing it in 2017. The feat has been accomplished by 13th different Mets players, with Cespedes doing it twice.

Vargas (5-5) pitched one-hit ball for six shutout innings, possibly enhancing his trade value. He put on a pitching clinic, getting the San Diego hitters to consistently flail away at his changeup.

The 36-year-old lefty permitted only a single by Eric Hosmer in the fifth, struck out eight and walked three. Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. struck out three times and Manny Machado swung at a strike three that bounced.

Several scouts were at Citi Field, and no doubt the performance Vargas piqued their interest as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

Vargas' hardest fastball was clocked at 84.6 mph - Paddack's slowest changeup came in a tick faster 84.7.

''I guess throwing really hard isn't as unique as it used to be. I'm on the other end of the spectrum,'' he said. ''I'm the only one who throws it that slow.''

The anticipated showdown between rookie stars Pete Alonso and Paddack didn't amount to much - the slugging Alonso walked twice and grounded out against the young fireballer.

''Going into it, it was obviously going to be a fun little matchup. We've been wanting this ever since our last 1-v-1, whatever you want to call it,'' Paddack said.

''It was just kind of frustrating, especially Alonso. You don't want to walk a guy that you're trying to have a little competition with, but at the end of the day I thought I could have done a better job of executing my game plan.''

Diaz relieved with two on in the ninth and got his 22nd save in 26 chances, allowing an RBI double to Tatis before retiring Manuel Margot on a game-ending lineout with two on.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon ''should be available'' to pitch in relief during this three-game series, manager Andy Green said. The 20-year-old Cuban made his major league debut Sunday at Wrigley Field, allowing one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings. Green said the Padres will consider using him as an opener over the weekend at home vs. the Giants.

Mets: Major league batting leader Jeff McNeil was hit in the right elbow by a Paddack pitch in the fifth. McNeil was checked by a trainer and stayed in. ... RHP Zack Wheeler (shoulder impingement) threw batting practice on the field and could be activated Friday to pitch against the Pirates. ''I'm 100 percent. Ready to go,'' he said. Callaway said Wheeler, who last started on July 7, will be on a pitch count of 75-85 pitches. Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to the July 31 deadline. ''Last year was the same way,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 5.14 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season. He won his major league debut in 2017 at Citi Field and went 7-8 overall, then missed last year after Tommy John surgery.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 4.36) is 4-0 in his last nine starts.

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  • W: J. Vargas (5-5)L: C. Paddack (6-5)S: E. Diaz (22)
  • HR: NYM - R. Cano 3 (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Tatis SS51210030.325.389.595.9843.5
M. Margot CF40100112.253.324.402.7261.5
M. Machado 3B20000213.266.338.508.8463.5
H. Renfroe LF30010003.244.304.582.8861.0
F. Reyes RF30000121.248.308.530.8380.0
E. Hosmer 1B31100100.285.334.435.7693.0
F. Mejia C30100112.221.284.377.6611.5
L. Urias 2B30000114.091.268.121.3900.5
C. Paddack P20000002.077.077.077.1540.0
M. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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L. Allen P0000-000.250.400.250.000-
b- G. Garcia PH10000002.266.353.399.7520.0
  • a-flied out for Baez in the 7th
  • b-popped out for L. Allen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil RF-LF30200010.342.402.508.9092.5
M. Conforto CF-RF40000002.247.355.463.8180.0
P. Alonso 1B12000301.264.363.608.9725.0
R. Cano 2B43453000.254.298.418.71621.0
W. Ramos C40100002.261.338.385.7231.0
D. Smith LF40000011.284.360.521.880-0.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B40000001.243.324.436.7600.0
A. Rosario SS40100000.274.314.442.7561.0
J. Vargas P20000020.077.077.077.154-1.0
a- J. Davis PH10000002.288.348.459.8070.0
T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
J. Lagares CF00000000.177.247.259.5050.0
  • a-lined out for Vargas in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (10)
  • SF - H. Renfroe (3)
  • RBI - F. Tatis (40), H. Renfroe (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Margot 2 (2), H. Renfroe 2 (2), F. Reyes, C. Paddack 2 (2), W. Myers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Cano 3 (9)
  • RBI - R. Cano 5 (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano 2 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, P. Alonso, W. Ramos 2 (2), J. Davis 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Renfroe (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Paddack (L, 6-5)5.05332422.840.892.0
M. Baez1.01000000.001.002.0
L. Allen2.02221017.251.751.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Paddack (L, 6-5)5.0
M. Baez1.0
L. Allen2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 5-5)6.01004803.961.2527.0
T. Bashlor (H, 1)0.21001004.401.33-2.0
R. Gsellman (H, 6)1.12110104.971.420.5
J. Wilson0.00112003.451.21-3.0
E. Diaz (S, 22)1.01000004.811.429.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 5-5)6.0
T. Bashlor (H, 1)0.2
R. Gsellman (H, 6)1.1
J. Wilson0.0
E. Diaz (S, 22)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Paddack (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Paddack 88-59, M. Baez 18-12, L. Allen 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Paddack 3-8, L. Allen 3-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Paddack 23, M. Baez 4, L. Allen 8
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Vargas (2), R. Gsellman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 99-57, T. Bashlor 17-10, R. Gsellman 25-17, J. Wilson 11-3, E. Diaz 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 3-6, T. Bashlor 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 22, T. Bashlor 4, R. Gsellman 6, J. Wilson 2, E. Diaz 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Tatis SS51210030.325.389.595.9843.5
M. Margot CF40100112.253.324.402.7261.5
M. Machado 3B20000213.266.338.508.8463.5
H. Renfroe LF30010003.244.304.582.8861.0
F. Reyes RF30000121.248.308.530.8380.0
E. Hosmer 1B31100100.285.334.435.7693.0
F. Mejia C30100112.221.284.377.6611.5
L. Urias 2B30000114.091.268.121.3900.5
C. Paddack P20000002.077.077.077.1540.0
M. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Myers PH10000002.215.314.392.7060.0
L. Allen P0000-000.250.400.250.000-
b- G. Garcia PH10000002.266.353.399.7520.0
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  • a-flied out for Baez in the 7th
  • b-popped out for L. Allen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil RF-LF30200010.342.402.508.9092.5
M. Conforto CF-RF40000002.247.355.463.8180.0
P. Alonso 1B12000301.264.363.608.9725.0
R. Cano 2B43453000.254.298.418.71621.0
W. Ramos C40100002.261.338.385.7231.0
D. Smith LF40000011.284.360.521.880-0.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B40000001.243.324.436.7600.0
A. Rosario SS40100000.274.314.442.7561.0
J. Vargas P20000020.077.077.077.154-1.0
a- J. Davis PH10000002.288.348.459.8070.0
T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
J. Lagares CF00000000.177.247.259.5050.0
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  • a-lined out for Vargas in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Tatis (10)
  • SF - H. Renfroe (3)
  • RBI - F. Tatis (40), H. Renfroe (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Tatis (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Margot 2 (2), H. Renfroe 2 (2), F. Reyes, C. Paddack 2 (2), W. Myers 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - R. Cano 3 (9)
  • RBI - R. Cano 5 (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano 2 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, P. Alonso, W. Ramos 2 (2), J. Davis 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Renfroe (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Paddack (L, 6-5)5.05332422.840.892.0
M. Baez1.01000000.001.002.0
L. Allen2.02221017.251.751.0
Total8.0855343---
PITCHERSIP
C. Paddack (L, 6-5)5.0
M. Baez1.0
L. Allen2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 5-5)6.01004803.961.2527.0
T. Bashlor (H, 1)0.21001004.401.33-2.0
R. Gsellman (H, 6)1.12110104.971.420.5
J. Wilson0.00112003.451.21-3.0
E. Diaz (S, 22)1.01000004.811.429.0
Total9.0522790---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 5-5)6.0
T. Bashlor (H, 1)0.2
R. Gsellman (H, 6)1.1
J. Wilson0.0
E. Diaz (S, 22)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Paddack (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Paddack 88-59, M. Baez 18-12, L. Allen 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Paddack 3-8, L. Allen 3-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Paddack 23, M. Baez 4, L. Allen 8
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Vargas (2), R. Gsellman (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 99-57, T. Bashlor 17-10, R. Gsellman 25-17, J. Wilson 11-3, E. Diaz 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 3-6, T. Bashlor 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 22, T. Bashlor 4, R. Gsellman 6, J. Wilson 2, E. Diaz 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Tatis doubled to deep center, Hosmer scored, Mejia to third25
  • 8TH INNING
    Renfroe hit sacrifice fly to left, Tatis scored15
  • 7TH INNING
    Cano homered to right, Alonso scored05
  • 6TH INNING
    Cano homered to right center, Alonso scored03
  • 4TH INNING
    Cano homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Justin Wilson pitching
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
    • F. Mejia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mejia walked, Hosmer to second
    • Edwin Diaz relieved Justin Wilson
    • L. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urias flied out to left
    • Greg Garcia hit for Logan Allen
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia popped out to third
    • F. Tatis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Tatis doubled to deep center, Hosmer scored, Mejia to third
    • M. Margot: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Margot lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • F. Tatis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Tatis singled to center
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tatis to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Margot reached on an infield single to pitcher, Tatis to third
    • M. Machado: Machado fouled out to catcher
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Renfroe hit sacrifice fly to left, Tatis scored
    • F. Reyes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Allen Pitching:
    • Do. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Frazier flied out to shallow right
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Bashlor pitching
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Mejia: Mejia singled to center
    • L. Urias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Urias walked, Mejia to second
    • Robert Gsellman relieved Tyler Bashlor
    • Wil Myers hit for Michel Baez
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Myers flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Logan Allen pitching
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McNeil singled to left, McNeil out at second
    • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to first
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • R. Cano: Cano homered to right, Alonso scored
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ramos grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • F. Tatis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot walked
    • M. Machado: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging, Margot to second on wild pitch
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Cano homered to right center, Alonso scored
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Ramos singled to left center
    • Michel Baez relieved Chris Paddack
    • Do. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith popped out to shortstop
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to left
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Rosario singled to left, Ramos to second
    • J.D. Davis hit for Jason Vargas
    • J. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer singled to right center, Reyes to second
    • F. Mejia: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mejia flied out to shallow center
    • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urias reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reyes to third, Hosmer out at second
    • C. Paddack: Ball, Strike swinging, Paddack lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario flied out to right
    • J. Vargas: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Vargas struck out on foul tip
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McNeil hit by pitch
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Conforto flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Machado out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano homered to right
    • W. Ramos: Ramos lined out to second
    • Do. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith lined out to center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier fouled out to right
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • L. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Urias struck out swinging
    • C. Paddack: Foul, Ball, Paddack flied out to left
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McNeil singled to center
    • M. Conforto: Conforto flied out to left
    • P. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
    • F. Mejia: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Mejia struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • Do. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
    • T. Frazier: Frazier lined out to center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • F. Tatis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tatis struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Margot popped out to first
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Machado walked
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Machado stole second, Renfroe flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Paddack Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto flied out to left
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cano singled to left, Alonso to second
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)