Mets' Robinson Cano records first three-homer game in victory against Padres

Robinson Cano has had a miserable first season with the New York Mets. He entered Tuesday hitting .243/.288/.377 (77 OPS+) with six home runs in 74 games. Add in some hustle-related controversy earlier in the year, and it's been a season to forget for the veteran second baseman.

Yet Cano had himself a Tuesday night worth remembering against the San Diego Padres, homering three times and driving in all five of New York's runs in his first multi-homer effort since 2017. Take a look: 

Cano has 22 two-homer games, but Tuesday marked his first of the three-homer variety. He's now homered five times in the second half after homering four times in the first half. He acknowledged his power shortage after the game: 

Perhaps Cano is getting going? Even if not, his performance on Tuesday raised his seasonal line to .254/.298/.418. Still not good, but better.

Cano's three-homer game is the 14th in Mets history, by the way. Yoenis Cespedes provided the most recent two, with the latest coming in April 2017. Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ike Davis, and Carlos Beltran are the others to do it in the past decade.

Cano is the second second baseman in Mets history with a three-homer game, joining Edgardo Alfonzo, who hit three in August of 1999. 

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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