A right-handed batter, the pitcher drove a 2-2 delivery off the railing just above the shortened fence in left-center at Citi Field. The ball caromed back onto the outfield grass and Gonzalez sprinted home, unaware that second base umpire Todd Tichenor was signaling home run.
Mets left fielder Andrew Brown hardly rushed after the ball, and when Gonzalez finally slowed up he immediately spotted his brother sitting behind home plate.
Back in the dugout and out in the bullpen, his teammates had a blast. The umpires didn’t even look at a replay.
“I think it was the fastest home run jog in baseball,” Gonzalez said. “I was about to slide home!”
It was Gonzalez’s third career homer. He also connected during his first start last season off Miami’s Kevin Slowey.
Ruben Tejada tried to score from first when Lagares doubled inside third base with two outs in the fifth, but was cut down at the plate on a strong throw by Harper. Tejada, who broke his leg last September, gave himself up to catcher Jose Lobaton.
“There was some confusion. He didn’t realize he can run into the catcher,” Collins said. “He crossed the plate and didn’t know what to do. When I asked him about it afterwards he said, ‘I didn’t know I could hit him.’ It’s a big deal because there’s an ejection if you don’t follow the rule.”
NOTES: Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann starts the series finale Thursday afternoon against RHP Zack Wheeler. … Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (elbow) joined the team after pitching in a simulated game Tuesday against Class-A St. Lucie in Florida. He is on track to come off the disabled list and start Sunday against Cincinnati.