Partly because Kirk Nieuwenhuis decided to make history by hitting three-home runs, the New York Mets head into the break on a high-note.

History was made at Citi Field today in the form of New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The man who had zero home runs entering today’s game wound up smashing three round-trippers.

He became the first Mets player to ever hit three home runs in a home game and the first Met to accomplish the feat since Ike Davis did in in Arizona during the 2012 MLB season.

This led to an surging offense that helped Jon Niese earn his fifth-win of the season in the 5-3 final over the Arizona Diamondacks.

Everybody was trying to touch the man who picked up four RBI in the contest:

Of course with the lead at only two in the top of the ninth, Jeurys Familia came on to shut the door and earn his 27th save of the campaign:

The victory moves the Mets to 47-42, five-games above .500 heading into the All-Star break. They only trail the NL East leading Washington Nationals by two-games.

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