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Once the lowest-scoring team in the majors, the New York Mets are getting help from an increasingly powerful offense as they push for their first division title in nine years.

After adding David Wright to the mix, the visiting NL East leaders will try to win for the 17th time in 23 games Tuesday night when they face the Philadelphia Phillies.

New York was averaging an MLB-low 3.55 runs Aug. 2 but has scored 6.5 per contest while hitting 33 homers in 19 games since.

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The Mets scored at least 14 runs for the third time in four games Monday when they recorded a team-record eight home runs in a 16-7 win that opened this four-game series.

Wilmer Flores led the way with two homers and five RBIs as New York (68-56) overcame a five-run deficit to win its fourth in a row and expand its division lead to 5 1/2 games over idle Washington.

''We never gave up,'' Flores said. ''It's really fun being here right now.''

In his first game since April 14 due to a mild right hamstring strain and then lumbar stenosis, Wright hit a 435-foot home run in his first at-bat. Manager Terry Collins said the captain will not play every day in an effort to keep him healthy.

The Mets look to turn in another big offensive night and help Noah Syndergaard (7-6, 3.17 ERA) end his struggles on the road. He's gone 0-5 with a 5.05 ERA in away games compared to his 1.82 ERA at home.

After going 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA over a seven-start stretch, Syndergaard has posted a 6.19 ERA in his last three outings. He gave up three runs over five innings of a 5-4 loss at Baltimore on Wednesday and didn't get the decision.

"I feel every bit as confident as I do at home," the right-hander told MLB's official website. "I'm just not getting the results that I want."

That would change if Syndergaard matches the performance he had against Philadelphia (50-75) on May 27. He struck out six over 7 1-3 innings of a 7-0 home win in his only meeting this season.

The Mets swept that three-game series and now seek their seventh straight win and 22nd in 27 matchups with the Phillies. They've outscored them 59-29 in winning nine of 10 this season.

Freddy Galvis had three of Philadelphia's 11 hits in the opener, while Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Cameron Rupp homered. Brown had been 1 for 21 over his previous 10 games.

''Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,'' Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. ''Jumping on (Jacob) deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.''

Jerome Williams (4-9, 6.10) is hoping for that kind of run support as he looks to rebound from his worst start of the season. The veteran right-hander allowed eight runs and eight hits - two home runs - while walking four over 1 2-3 innings of a 9-7 loss at Miami.

Williams had posted a 1.50 ERA in his first three August starts.

"I couldn't throw any pitches where I wanted to and you're not going to survive like that," he said.

Williams will get his third look at the Mets in 2015 but first at Citizens Bank Park. He's gone 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in the two meetings.