The largest crowd in the history of Citi Field showed up to watch the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-1, on Tuesday night. The stands were packed with 42,516 fans. A number of factors no doubt played a role in the record: A pivotal game against divisonal rival, a day off for July 4, and a fireworks display for those who stuck around after the ninth inning.
The Mets provided plenty of fireworks on the field as well. Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 at the plate, and Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole had three hits apiece. David Wright hit a three-run homer run in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 9-3 lead.
Jonathon Niese pitched eight innings, giving up just one earned run off three hits while striking out three.