NEW YORK — Daniel Murphy keeps turning those Citi Field boos into booms.
Murphy hit his seventh home run this season against the team that let him go during the winter, lining an early drive off the facing of the upper deck and leading the Nationals over the Mets 3-2 Sunday.
"That guy's the real deal. He's definitely a cyborg right now," Washington starter Gio Gonzalez said. "You don't know what to throw him. You might have to throw him pingpong balls."
Murphy tops the majors with a .348 batting average at the All-Star break, boosted by the damage he has done to the Mets. He homered three times and drove in 10 runs as the NL East leaders took three of four in this series, opening a six-game edge over New York.
Murphy, as usual, deflected any notion he's the main reason his team is soaring.
"Carry it? No, no, no," he said. "The list is too many. Just a small piece of it."
As for his own impressive first half that includes 46 extra-base hits and 66 RBIs?
"I would say I'm surprised," Murphy said.
Murphy's first-inning shot was his 17th homer this year. Overall, he is 22-for-52 (.423) with 21 RBIs vs. his old club.
"I don't think it's just against us. He's hitting like .350," Mets pitcher Steven Matz said. "I don't have any answer."