NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Jacobs homered in his first major league at-bat Sunday, becoming the fourth New York Mets player to accomplish the feat.

Jacobs entered as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning and drove an 0-1 pitch from Washington right-hander Esteban Loaiza into the right-field bullpen. The three-run shot cut the Nationals’ lead to 7-3 and earned the rookie a curtain call at Shea Stadium.

The left-handed hitting Jacobs was recalled last Wednesday from Double-A Binghamton, where he was hitting .321 with 25 home runs and 92 RBIs. He was called up to provide insurance behind the plate because Mike Piazza is injured.

The previous Mets player to hit a home run in his first big league at-bat was Kaz Matsui on April 6, 2004, in Atlanta. The others to do it were Benny Ayala in 1974 and Mike Fitzgerald in 1983.

Jacobs also became the 90th player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Andy Phillips was the last to do it in September 2004 for the New York Yankees.

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