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As team captain for the National League contingent, David Wright batted last among the eight Home Run Derby participants.
The 30-year-old Mets third baseman received a rousing reception from the fans at a very hot and sticky Citi Field.
Wright, the 2006 Home Run Derby runner-up to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, skied out for his first out and then blasted a 400-foot bomb to left-center field for his first home run of the competition.
That took the pressure off, at least for the moment.
After making a second out, the right-handed slugger cracked his longest home run of the night with a 403-foot bomb to left-center as the crowd erupted in delight.
Three more outs followed before Wright belted his final three home runs of the contest, including a 396-foot shot into the second deck in left.
Wright may have been a little spent at that point because he proceeded to make five consecutive outs to finish with five home runs, tying him with Detroit's Prince Fielder. That was not nearly enough to advance to the next round as Wright and his teammates watched Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes defeat Bryce Harper in the final round to capture this year's trophy.
Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees hit the fewest home runs (4).
Despite not advancing to the second round, Wright told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork how special the atmosphere was at Citi Field:
It really, really was awesome. It's what I remember the playoff atmosphere being like in 2006. It really was pretty cool. They announced the Home Run Derby team, and, obviously, you're hoping for cheers. To hear how loud it was, I didn't even know when to step forward and kind of wave because I couldn't hear [emcee] Chris Berman talking over the crowd. It was really, really special. Really special.