Cespedes hits 3 doubles, Mets top Marlins, take NL East lead

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets hits a single during the third inning against the Washington Nationals on August 2, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

MIAMI— Yoenis Cespedes hit three doubles and the New York Mets took over first place in the NL East, routing the Miami Marlins 12-1 Monday night.

Fresh off sweeping Washington, the Mets won their fourth in a row and moved a game ahead of the Nationals for the division lead.

There was a brief delay with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tomas Telis lost control of his bat and it flew into the seats and hit a fan in the neck. The man was sitting with an ice pack in a tunnel underneath the stands after the game. The Marlins said they would monitor him and expected he would be OK to go home.

Cespedes, acquired last week from Detroit, played for the third time with the Mets and tied the team record for doubles in a game. He drove in four runs.

Bartolo Colon (10-10) had lost six straight decisions. He pitched eight innings and allowed one run.

Tom Koehler (8-8) was tagged in the Marlins’ most-lopsided loss of the season.