EL PASO 6, LAS VEGAS 5: Michael Conforto's two-run homer in the ninth pulled Vegas within a run. Brandon Nimmo and Eric Campbell earlier went deep. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 1: Maikis De La Cruz launched a solo homer and Victor Cruzado delivered a tiebreaking two-run triple as the B-Mets snapped a four-game losing streak. After Jin-De Jhang produced an RBI single in the first for Altoona, B-Mets starter Tyler Pill retired 16 of the final 19 batters he faced. Cruzado delivered his pivotal hit after Dominic Smith started a two-out rally in the sixth with a single. Matt Oberste followed with a walk. Immediately after pitching coach Justin Meccage visited the mound, Cruzado ripped Brandon Waddell's first pitch into the right-field alley. De La Cruz's long ball was his first since July 1. With a two-run lead, Tim Peterson worked around a one-out walk in a scoreless seventh and fired a perfect eighth. David Roseboom sidestepped a leadoff single in the ninth and registered a pair of strikeouts to earn his 14th save. In his first start with Binghamton following a four-game stint with Las Vegas, Pill (9-10) allowed one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two. Box

ST. LUCIE at CHARLOTTE (ppd.)

WEST VIRGINIA 7, COLUMBIA 6 (10 innings): Tyler Bashlor surrendered a game-deciding RBI single to Jordan George in the top of the 10th. The Fireflies had erased a 6-0 deficit with a six-run fifth that included Patrick Mazeika's two-run single and Dash Winningham's two-run double. Winningham finished 3-for-5. Box

KINGSPORT 3, BRISTOL 2: After Victor Fernandez produced a two-run homer against K-Mets reliever Jose Carlos Medina in the top of the eighth to even the score at 2-2, Jeremy Wolf answered with a solo shot in the bottom half to lift Kingsport to the victory. K-Mets starter Jake Simon contributed five scoreless innings. Box

AUBURN 5, BROOKLYN 0: First-round pick Justin Dunn tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts, but the Cyclones were shut out. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL ASTROS 2: Nicolas Debora allowed two hits and one walk in six scoreless innings. Enmanuel Berihuete earned his first save with two scoreless relief innings. Kenneth Bautista went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Box

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videoNEW YORK -- As the New York Mets take more steps backward with injuries, things are increasingly going right on the field. Yes, right.

After left-hander Steven Matz officially was scratched from his upcoming start because his ailing shoulder acted up and manager Terry Collins expressed concern about the severity of second baseman Neil Walker's back injury, the Mets went out and beat the Miami Marlins, 7-4, Tuesday at Citi Field.

The Mets (68-64) overtook the Marlins in the standings and moved four games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 4.

New York's Seth LugoBrad Penner/USA TODAY SportsMets rookie Seth Lugo gave up a two-run homer in the first inning but pitched five scoreless frames afterward.

The Mets remained 2.5 games behind the Cardinals for the National League's second wild-card spot.

What went right for the Mets on Tuesday?

Following up serviceable starts by Robert Gsellman on Sunday and Rafael Montero on Monday, rookie Seth Lugo gave up a two-run homer in the first inning to Christian Yelich, then followed by tossing five scoreless frames. Lugo lowered his ERA to 2.60. He's next is in line to face the Washington Nationals on Sunday and should remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

"With the moves we made last year to get help, we traded a lot of very, very good young pitching away," Collins said. "We're really lucky this organization is stocked, because these guys have come up and they've literally just saved us with all of the injuries we've had to the pitching staff. They don't seem intimidated by anything. Seth throws his pitches for strikes."

Asdrubal Cabrera, returning to the starting lineup after departing Sunday's game in the first inning, delivered a two-run homer in the opening inning. When Wilmer Flores followed with an RBI single, the Mets had taken a 3-2 lead before the first inning's completion. Cabrera, the reigning National League Player of the Week, now has four homers since Friday. His troublesome left knee remains cranky, though, and he departed on a double-switch for the ninth inning.

"When he jumped for that one line drive, I think he came down and probably jarred it a little bit, because he came off the field and I asked him if he was OK and he said, 'I'm getting a little sore,'" Collins said. "So we got him out of there. But you've got to trust him. If he says he can play, he can play."

Jose Reyes continued a massive August with a 4-for-5 night. Reyes is hitting .356 for the month. He has emerged as a table-setter capable of manufacturing runs as part of a lineup otherwise way too dependent on the home run.

Curtis Granderson, out of the starting lineup with his average having plummeted to .220, homered twice off the bench. Granderson had a pinch-hit solo shot in the sixth after stepping in for Lugo, then a two-run shot the following frame after manning an inning in right field. Granderson became the third player in franchise history to have a two-homer game off the bench, joining Hawk Taylor (1964) and Scott Hairston (2011).

NEW YORK -- New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz's planned return from the disabled list on Thursday is off.

Matz experienced renewed shoulder tightness while throwing off a mound on Sunday and again while throwing on flat ground on Monday, and the Mets temporarily have shut him down.

Matz said he is dealing with a shoulder impingement that is causing rotator cuff irritation. He predicted he will pitch again this season. Matz added that surgery will not be required to remedy the issue. It's more about correcting posture.

"Just a little irritation -- it's still bugging me a little bit," Matz said Tuesday afternoon. "I don't quite feel like I can let it go yet. ... The doctor said everything structurally looks OK. It's just a classic impingement, I guess, is what you can call it.

"I felt like I was making progress, and then I threw off the mound a little bit, and I felt OK coming out of the there. And then the next day, which was yesterday, I tried to throw and it was kind of barking at me a little bit again. It didn't cause me to stop throwing. I was able to get my tossing in. But for me to get on the mound and throw a bullpen and tell them I'm ready for a game would just be unrealistic in my mind."

Matz already is planning to undergo surgery after the season to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

The Mets have expressed confidence that Matz's elbow issue has not resulted in him altering his mechanics and caused the shoulder problem. Still, Matz said about that topic: "There's really no way of telling. My arm was really feeling great, which is why this is a big disappointment. A few days after that last game I threw, something just started barking at me. It kind of really hasn't subsided since."


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NEW YORK -- For the third straight day, the New York Mets send a young pitcher to the mound in a big game on Tuesday.

Following starts by Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo now pitches for the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET. Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) opposes Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85) at Citi Field.

Lugo tossed five scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start before departing with right calf cramping. He is expected to remain in the rotation after this start, with Gsellman likely ticketed for the bullpen once he recovers from Sunday’s 94-pitch effort, according to Terry Collins.

The upcoming pitching probables for the Mets: Bartolo Colon on Wednesday and Steven Matz returning from the DL on Thursday against the Marlins, followed by Jacob deGrom in Friday's opener against the Washington Nationals, then Noah Syndergaard and Lugo to complete the homestand.

TUESDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Yoenis Cespedes delivered a walk-off homer in the 10th as the Mets beat the Marlins, 2-1, in Monday's series opener. The Mets (67-64) pulled even with the Marlins and remained 2 games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. Jose Reyes doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to pull the Mets even. Reyes banged up his left shoulder with a dive into the plate and collision with A.J. Ramos, but insisted he was fine afterward. With deGrom skipped, spot starter Montero walked six batters but tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start in 16 months. Cespedes had missed Sunday’s game with a right quadriceps flare-up. Asdrubal Cabrera, who departed the series finale against the Phillies with a recurrence of left knee difficulty, pinch hit and struck out against the Marlins in the seventh. He is unable to run and would have required a pinch runner. Neil Walker remained sidelined with a back injury. The Mets ran out of healthy position players and had only Walker available when the game ended. DeGrom was used as a pinch hitter. The Mets were playing with a severely short bench in part because T.J. Rivera was demoted to clear the roster spot for Montero. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
  • The Mets and Yankees reportedly will watch Tim Tebow's baseball workout on Tuesday in California. Sandy Alderson has minimized the Mets' interest. Read more in the Post.
  • Cabrera was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Read more at MLB.com.
  • Brandon Nimmo had a solo homer in Las Vegas' 6-3 win at El Paso. Rainy Lara allowed seven runs over the opening two innings and Altoona routed Binghamton, 13-1. Andrew Barbosa tossed seven no-hit innings in the nightcap before departing with his pitch count at 85 and St. Lucie swept a pair of games to move into a first-place tie in its division. Jordan Humphreys tossed seven scoreless innings in Kingsport’s 4-0 win against Danville. Blake Tiberi's eighth-inning solo homer pulled Brooklyn with a run in a 4-3 loss to Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.
  • Writes columnist David Lennon in Newsday about Monday's game: "Calling up Montero, however, was a flat-out act of desperation. There's only so far a team expects to go on the depth chart, and Montero was barely in the Mets' constellation of pitching candidates when this season began."
  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post looks at position players who are due to be free agents this offseason, including Walker, Justin Turner, Martin Prado, Edwin Encarnacion and Wilson Ramos.
  • Keith Hernandez and newsman Pete Hamill had a reunion Sunday, Joe Kemp writes in the Post.
  • Read more on Reyes' contribution on Monday in Newsday.
  • Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post isn't enthralled with SNY's praise of Cespedes.
  • From the bloggers ... Mets Report talks Cespedes.

BIRTHDAYS: Marlon Byrd and Jon Adkins turn 39.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

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NEW YORK -- If the New York Mets are going to make noise down the stretch, Yoenis Cespedes again will need to lead them, as he did after arriving in a trade with the Detroit Tigers last season.

He provided his latest important blast Monday.

Cespedes' walk-off homer with two outs in the 10th against reliever Nick Wittgren lifted the Mets to a 2-1 win against the Miami Marlins in the series opener at Citi Field.

The Mets pulled even with the Marlins at 67-64 and remained within 2 games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.

"Every time I see Cespedes at home plate, I feel like he's going to hit a homer," said Jose Reyes, who doubled against A.J. Ramos and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to even the score. "That's the way that I feel in the dugout. I'm sure the other guys feel the same way. They had the opportunity to see him get hot last year. And, for me, seeing him this year, it's unbelievable what he can do on the baseball field. Basically he can do whatever he wants to when he wants to. It's good to see. We're going to need him."

Yoenis CespedesBill Kostroun/APYoenis Cespedes' walk-off home run moved the Mets into a tie with the Marlins in the wild-card standings.

It was the second walk-off homer of Cespedes' career, the first coming as a member of the A's on June 21, 2012, against the Dodgers' Josh Lindblom.

Cespedes had sat out Sunday's game with a flare-up of the right quadriceps strain that had sent him to the disabled list for 15 days earlier in the month.

The Mets were woefully short-handed Monday, with Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) and Neil Walker (back) out of the starting lineup and the team already playing with a short bench because T.J. Rivera was demoted to make room for spot starter Rafael Montero. Cabrera pinch hit Monday but cannot run. Jacob deGrom was used as a pinch hitter during the game.

As for Cespedes' balky quadriceps: "There's moments where it tightens up, but for the most part it's not going to stop me from playing," he said through an interpreter after his heroics.

Said manager Terry Collins: "I think he feels a lot better. I think his leg is still a little bit of an issue. I just think the rest has helped it enough that it doesn't bother him to play, so he can play through it. That's why yesterday we didn't play him. He played the night before and had to score and got a little stiff at the end of the game. We've got to keep this guy on the field as best we can. But I do know before he went on the DL he was hurting. That also stems from the hip earlier in the year -- the one that got all swelled up. He’s played through some discomfort, but he's fun to watch."

How valuable is Cespedes? The Mets are 55-48 when he is in the lineup and 12-16 otherwise.

Cespedes said he was surprised the Marlins pitched to him with two outs and no one on base in the 10th.

"He's that kind of player," Collins said. "You expect big things each and every time he goes up. He's one of those guys people pay to see him play. They see him come up to bat and they know he can do something dangerous each and every time up. He's a special guy. That's why to keep him healthy is priority No. 1 at this moment."

LAS VEGAS 6, EL PASO 3: Brandon Nimmo had a first-inning solo homer and Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored before departing on a double-switch. Box

ALTOONA 13, BINGHAMTON 1: Rainy Lara (7-11) allowed seven runs (six earned) on four hits and four walks in two innings as Binghamton suffered its fourth straight loss and its worst margin of defeat this season. Curve starter Nick Kingham (1-0) limited the B-Mets to one run and three hits in six innings in his first start with Altoona since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2015. Kevin McGowan allowed two runs but chewed up three innings of long relief after Lara departed. Luis Mateo and Alberto Baldonado added scoreless innings. Kyle Renault surrendered a two-run double to Edwin Espinal and a two-run homer to Barrett Barnes in the eighth. The B-Mets scratched out their only run in the third. L.J. Mazzilli went from first to third on Tyler Pill's pinch-hit single and scored on Champ Stuart's sacrifice fly. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 3; ST. LUCIE 3, CHARLOTTE 0: Andrew Barbosa fired seven no-hit innings before departing with his pitch count at 85 in Game 2. Mac James' one-out single against St. Lucie reliever Alex Palsha in the eighth ended the no-hit bid. St. Lucie's sweep allowed it to climb into a first-place tie in the FSL South with Jupiter. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 4, DANVILLE 0: Jordan Humphreys tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Blake Taylor on a five-hit shutout. Ricardo Cespedes went 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Reed Gamache's double in the fourth plated Cespedes with the game's opening run. The K-Mets opened a 2-0 lead later in the frame on Jose Miguel Medina's RBI single. Box

AUBURN 4, BROOKLYN 3: Cyclones starter Raul Jacobson allowed four runs in six innings. Gene Cone's RBI double in the seventh and Blake Tiberi's solo homer in the eighth pulled Brooklyn within 4-3. Box

GCL METS 2, GCL CARDINALS 1; GCL CARDINALS 8, GCL METS 3: Carlos Sanchez (3-for-4) had a walk-off RBI double and Jose Geraldo had a seven-inning complete game in the opener. Box 1, Box 2

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Mets win on night they skip Jacob deGrom

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videoNEW YORK -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins conceded it was a roll of the dice, but a warranted one, to skip Jacob deGrom against another wild-card contender on Monday.

"There's just times during the season when you have to grin and bear it," Collins said. "And this is one of those times."

Whatever the immediate consequences, the Mets felt deGrom required extra rest after he allowed 13 runs and 25 hits in 9⅔ innings over his previous two starts.

Somehow in deGrom's absence, Rafael Montero managed to contribute five scoreless innings despite walking six batters. And despite getting blanked by Jose Fernandez for six innings, the Mets ultimately beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 in 10 innings in Monday's series opener at Citi Field.

Yoenis Cespedes delivered a walk-off homer against Nick Wittgren.

New York's Rafael MonteroRich Schultz/Getty Images"You're just saying, 'Jeez, if we can just hang in there.' And we hung in there," said Mets manager Terry Collins of starting Rafael Montero, above, while resting Jacob deGrom.

The Mets (67-64) remained 2½ games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot while pulling even with the Marlins.

"Now I'm not taking anything away from Rafael Montero," Collins said. "But you're facing one of the best pitchers in the game, who has really pitched well against us. We were short tonight a little bit. You're just saying, 'Jeez, if we can just hang in there.' And we hung in there."

Montero allowed only two hits in five innings, but he walked six batters. It was the most walks by a Mets pitcher since Zack Wheeler also had six on May 23, 2014 against the Yankees. It was the most in a scoreless effort by a Mets starter since now-closer Jeurys Familia issued six walks in four scoreless innings against the Marlins during the final series of the 2012 season.

Montero's 100th and final pitch coaxed a double-play groundout from Marcell Ozuna with two runners on base.

"I walked six batters, but thank god I was able to get out of the jams," Montero said through an interpreter.

Sean Gilmartin and Jerry Blevins followed with scoreless frames until Addison Reed got tripped up in the eighth and the Mets fell behind 1-0.

Collins said deGrom will return to the rotation for Friday's series opener against the Washington Nationals in Queens, with Noah Syndergaard getting pushed back a day until Saturday.

How difficult was it to skip deGrom given the Mets are trying to claw back into the postseason conversation and the Marlins entered the series ahead of them in the standings?

"When we talked about giving him a rest, one of the things that was mentioned is it couldn't have come at a worse time," Collins acknowledged. "The answer is: 'Hey, look, you've got to do it when you've got to do it.' There's no real good time. So as we look down the road, the one thing we thought is that, 'Hey, look, if we do it, are we going to get the benefit of it afterward?' And the answer to that, I think, is going to be, 'Yes, we are going to see the benefits.'"video

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Yoenis Cespedes' solo home run in the 10th inning gives the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Marlins.

This week in the 1986 Mets (Aug. 29 - Sept. 4)

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Bernstein Associates/Getty ImagesSid Fernandez (circa 1992) was always capable of a great pitching performance.

Each week, we’ll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the New York Mets championship run. We’ll focus on the memorable games, players, stories and stats and the journey of dominance taken by one of New York’s greatest baseball teams. We’ll be aided by media accounts from the New York papers (especially the Daily News, which published every article after the season in a book titled “Yes!”) as well as interviews past and present.

Home sweet for Aguilera

The Mets came home from California for a 12-game homestand, which began against the three California teams. They took two of three from the Dodgers, the first a 2-1 gem by Bob Ojeda, the second a 6-3 win with Rick Aguilera pitching (eight innings) and hitting (two RBIs) his way past Orel Hershiser.

Aguilera was a highly capable hitter, arguably one of the best-hitting pitchers in Mets history. In 138 at-bats with them, he batted .203 with three home runs, including two in 1986. In fact, among the 52 pitchers with at least 100 at-bats, Aguilera ranks first in slugging percentage (.290) and OPS (.526). His highest batting average as a pitcher was in 1985, when he hit .278.

Giant steps

The Mets other series for this week came against the Giants and featured the return of Gary Carter, who had missed time due to torn ligaments in his thumb. Carter went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his first game back and caught the 14-strikeout effort of Sid Fernandez.

Mookie Wilson’s RBI hit in the eighth inning was part of a three-run frame that got the Mets a win. Fernandez’s 14 strikeouts were the most by a Mets pitcher that season. He and Nolan Ryan each had three games of at least 14 strikeouts for the Mets. The only pitchers with more were Tom Seaver (nine) and Dwight Gooden (seven).

The only Mets loss in the series was a 4-3 decision at the hands of Mike Krukow, the last of his four wins against them that season. Krukow, now a beloved announcer for the Giants, was 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA against the 1986 Mets during the best season of his career. He went 20-9 with a 3.05 ERA, with 10 complete games.

The Mets took the series finale 4-2, but the highlight from this game was a weird play in which Keith Hernandez hit a ground ball back to pitcher Terry Mulholland, who couldn’t get the ball out of his glove. So he threw the glove to first base to retire Hernandez.

World Series preview?

The Mets played one other game this week, an exhibition against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Though the thought of such a game now would seem ridiculous, 30 years ago it was deemed a good substitute for the annual Mayor’s Trophy Game between the Mets and Yankees (which didn’t happen that season because Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reportedly didn’t want the game).

The Mets played most of their regulars and won 7-3. The closest thing that this game had to October foreshadowing was that the Mets scored late (six runs in the eighth) to win it.

NEW YORK -- Are the New York Mets failing to learn from history?

In 2007, the Mets decided to give extra rest to Pedro Martinez down the stretch, resulting in starts for Brian Lawrence and, during the final week, a spot start for Philip Humber.

Mets fans know all too well how that season ended -- squandering a seven-game lead with 17 to play and falling short of the postseason by one game.

Viewed through that prism, is skipping Jacob deGrom one turn and using Rafael Montero in Monday’s series opener against the Miami Marlins a sensible decision? Or will it also end up haunting the organization, albeit with the Mets chasing the competition this time instead of trying to hold it off like 2007?

There is a historical example for why skipping deGrom makes sense, too. During deGrom’s first season in the majors, the Mets placed him on the disabled list in August 2014, citing shoulder fatigue. After a two-week break, deGrom came back rejuvenated. He stumbled in his first outing after being activated from the DL, then went 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in five starts the remainder of the season en route to earning the National League Rookie of the Year award.

Although deGrom indicated he felt fine in St. Louis after his latest start, Terry Collins believes deGrom may again be fatigued. DeGrom has allowed 13 runs and 25 hits in 9 2/3 innings over his last two outings.

The Mets enter Monday’s game in fifth place in the wild-card standings. The Giants (71-59) and Cardinals (68-61) occupy the two playoff positions, followed by the Pirates a half-game back, Marlins 1 games back and Mets 2 games back.

Skipping deGrom might not be as complicated if it were just a matter of the standings and the Mets weren’t stretched thin in starting pitching. With Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jonathon Niese and Zack Wheeler all on the disabled list, the Mets already have Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman making starts.

That means Montero will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to fill in for deGrom opposing Jose Fernandez in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. ET opener at Citi Field.

Montero went 4-6 with a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before getting demoted to Binghamton in mid-July. He walked 40 batters in 80 innings in the Pacific Coast League. Montero then went 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in eight starts for the B-Mets, but that’s against Double-A competition.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

MONDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • The Mets came up short of completing a sweep against the Phillies on Sunday. In his first major league start, Gsellman limited Philadelphia to one run in the opening six innings. He then surrendered singles to the first three batters of the seventh and departed with the bases loaded and none out. Hansel Robles allowed all three baserunners to score in a four-run frame and the Phillies beat the Mets, 5-1. The Mets will need to make a roster move before Monday’s game to activate Montero. Perhaps it just makes sense to briefly send Gsellman to Las Vegas, since the 51s’ season ends next Monday anyway and he can return then without spending the normally required 10 days in the minors. Gsellman would be unavailable for multiple days anyway after tossing 94 pitches on Sunday. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
  • The injuries continued to mount Sunday. Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) and Neil Walker (back) sat out with flare-ups of existing issues. Asdrubal Cabrera then departed in the first inning with discomfort in the same knee that troubled him early this month. Cabrera had spent three weeks on the disabled list with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. Against the Phillies, Cabrera collided with first baseman Tommy Joseph on an infield single. Cabrera then hobbled trying to advance to second base on Kelly Johnson’s single and departed. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.
  • The Mets are now targeting Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins for Matz to return from the disabled list and slot back into the rotation. That makes sense, since it’s the day rosters expand for September and no corresponding move would be required. Matz threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since landing on the DL with a mild shoulder strain and reported no difficulty. He will throw one more bullpen session before his outing.
  • Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, but Binghamton lost to Bowie, 6-2, to clinch its first losing season since 2012. David Thompson had a walk-off three-run homer in the completion of a suspended game, but St. Lucie then dropped the nightcap to Palm Beach to fall a half-game out of first place entering the season’s final week. Dash Winningham had a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth as Columbia beat Kannapolis, 8-6. Reed Gamache had a pair of run-scoring singles in Kingsport’s 5-4 win against Danville. Read the full minor-league recap here.
  • Columnists Ken Davidoff in the Post and David Lennon in Newsday take the Mets’ temperature after Sunday’s loss.
  • Read more on Jay Bruce's struggles with the Mets in the Post.
  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear discusses what it's been like witness a thousand consecutive Mets games. ... Mets Report doesn’t foresee DL stints with rosters expanding Thursday.

BIRTHDAYS: Noah Syndergaard turns 24. ... Henry Blanco is 45. ... Anthony Recker is 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

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BOWIE 6, BINGHAMTON 2: Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs as the B-Mets (61-71) clinched their first losing season since 2012. Binghamton starter Ricky Knapp (4-1) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. Rosario pulled the B-Mets within 3-2 in the top of the eighth with a run-scoring triple, but he was subsequently thrown out at the plate while attempting to score on a chopper to third base. Bowie answered in the bottom half as Chance Sisco blasted a solo homer and Henry Urrutia had a two-run shot against Paul Paez. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 0; PALM BEACH 8, ST. LUCIE 3: David Thompson lifted St. Lucie to a walk-off win with a three-run homer on his 23rd birthday in the resumption of a suspended game. The game had been scoreless when it was halted in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday. With a chance to move into first place in the division, the Mets then took a 3-2 lead into the seventh of the regularly scheduled game when things unraveled. Casey Delgado got ahead of No. 9 hitter Jose Fernandez but couldn’t put the .175 hitter away and instead walked him. Later in the frame, with two outs and two in scoring position, Delgado surrendered a go-ahead two-run single to Cole Lankford. Three more runs, including one inherited baserunner, scored after Tyler Bashlor replaced Delgado. The Mets now enter the season's final week a half-game behind Jupiter for first place in the FSL South Division. The teams face each other in the final four games. Box 1, Box 2

COLUMBIA 8, KANNAPOLIS 6: The Fireflies overcame a 5-0 deficit with a six-run sixth that included a three-run double by Patrick Mazeika. With the score then tied at 6 in the eighth, Dash Winningham delivered a tiebreaking two-run double that plated Mazeika and Eudor Garcia. Mazeika finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Garcia was 3-for-5. Box

KINGSPORT 5, DANVILLE 4: Reed Gamache had a tiebreaking RBI single in the third, and the K-Mets took a 5-2 lead the following frame when Gamache again drove in a run with a single. Danville scored twice in the sixth against Trent Johnson to pull within a run, but Darwin Ramos earned his first save by holding the Braves off the scoreboard over the final two innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, WILLIAMSPORT 1: Hengelbert Rojas walked with the bases loaded to force in the tying run and Arnaldo Berrios delivered a tiebreaking RBI single later in the seventh. Desmond Lindsay and hitting coach Sean Ratliff were ejected after a called third strike in the eighth. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL NATIONALS 6: Miguel Patino went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Oliver Pascual scored three times. Box

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RBIY. Cespedes 68
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WB. Colon 12
ERAN. Syndergaard 2.55
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