Neil Walker said the first game after the All-Star game always can be a little tough. The Mets' second baseman made things a little easier, though, with one powerful swing.
Walker hit a three-run home run and Juan Lagares also went deep to lead the New York Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
"I think this is one of the hardest games of the year, the first game after the All-Star break," Walker said. "Basically four days of not much of anything. Usually the first couple of innings go pretty quick because you're getting your rhythm back."
Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. New York won without All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who missed his third straight game with a right quad strain. Lagares started in his place.
Peter Bourjos had an RBI triple for Philadelphia, which had won 10 of 13 prior to the break.
Bartolo Colon (8-4), one of four Mets chosen for the All-Star game, started out sensational before a rocky sixth inning ended his night early.
"He really pitched well," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save while extending his club record for consecutive saves to 48, dating back to last Aug. 1. Collins, who managed the NL All-Star team, didn't call on his closer to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star game.
Jeremy Hellickson (6-7) was roughed up for four runs and seven hits in six innings.
New York, which entered second in the NL in home runs, upped its season total to 124. The Mets are particularly fond of Citizens Bank Park, where they have cleared the fences 14 times in four games this season.
Colon was perfect through 4 1/3 innings until Cameron Rupp's one-out single to center. Colon was still rolling along with one out in the sixth when first baseman James Loney went to his right for a nifty stop of Odubel Herrera's grounder. Loney's throw to Colon, who was covering first, went over the pitcher's head. Loney was charged with an error although it looked as if Colon should have made the catch.
The Phillies capitalized by scoring three unearned runs in the inning on Bourjos' triple, Maikel Franco's groundout and Cody Asche's single.
Colon departed with two outs in the inning and ended up allowing three unearned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
"Everything worked out," Colon said through an interpreter. "I just got a little tired."
The 43-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in his last 10 starts.
"Colon's tough," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's not the guy I wanted to see, coming out of the break, because he's such a good pitcher. He knows what he's doing, and he just kind of stifled us for a while there."
Lagares led off the third by hitting the first pitch over the fence in left-center for his third homer of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.
New York went in front 4-0 in the sixth on Walker's three-run homer. It was the 16th homer of the season for the Mets' second baseman, tying his mark for all of last season. The homer drew loud cheers from the large contingent of Mets fans, who made Citizens Bank Park sound more like Citi Field at times with their chants of "Let's go Mets! Let's go Mets!"
After Philadelphia closed within a run in the bottom of the inning, New York took a two-run lead in the seventh as Lagares scored on Jose Reyes' grounder, sliding under Rupp's tag at home.
Hellickson, thought to be a pitcher a contender may consider at the July 31 trading deadline, hadn't allowed a homer in three straight games, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA before Friday's start.
The right-hander said the trade rumors are hard to ignore at times.
"Yeah, it's on my mind, just when I see it on Twitter and talk to (the media) about it," Hellickson said. "Other than that, I'm focused every day on doing what I have to do for the next start. Like I've said all along, I love it here and would love to be here the rest of the year, but obviously I've been through it before and know that side of the game. My focus is here and on my next start right now."