Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

NEW YORK -- Jog or sprint, it really didn't matter. Blake Swihart's go-ahead inside-the-park homer off Carlos Torres in the 10th inning appeared to clear the orange marker along the center-field wall at Citi Field. But nobody saw that in real time except Juan Lagares, who watched the ball carom past him while Swihart chugged around the bases as the Red Sox cooled off the red-hot Mets with a 6-4 win on Friday at Citi Field.

Boston barely survived a 12-walk effort from its pitching staff, which twice issued bases-loaded free passes -- the second of which from Junichi Tazawa, who walked four straight in the 10th to make it 6-4. That forced the Red Sox to bring on lefty Craig Breslow to face righty slugger Yoenis Cespedes with the winning run aboard. Cespedes flew out to deep center, ending the Mets' winning streak at seven and spoiling the returns of two stars.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

Third baseman collects two hits, scores once in return to Citi Field

Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

NEW YORK -- Somewhere between the second-base bag and Tim Teufel's left arm waving him around third, David Wright lost the nervous excitement that turned his late-August return to Queens into "almost like Opening Day." Then came the mad dash home, which Wright never expected to take when Michael Cuddyer's single to right sent him scurrying in the first place, and which Wright admittedly doubted at times he'd ever try again this season.

But Wright made it home safely after Rusney Castillo's error in right, and back to the dugout healthy -- the latter serving as probably the most important takeaway from Wright's first game at Citi Field since April 14, a 6-4 loss to Boston.

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Collins keeping big picture in mind with Harvey

Right-hander pulled after throwing 103 pitches over six shutout innings

Collins keeping big picture in mind with Harvey

NEW YORK -- The color scheme said it all. Thousands of white rally towels spun around Citi Field on Friday, contrasting against Yoenis Cespedes' neon arm sleeve and the alternative-uniform blue starter Matt Harvey selected. Make no mistake, the 39,401 chanting, cheering and eventually screaming during the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Red Sox gave this late-August matchup against a last-place team an October feel.

David Wright back at third base. Cespedes at the plate with the game on the line. A large crowd breathing out one big, dizzying breath of excitement after another. And most of all, Harvey on the mound, rested and putting up zeros. Until he wasn't.

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deGrom, Kelly to duel as Mets, Sox continue set

deGrom, Kelly to duel as Mets, Sox continue set

After seeing their seven-game win streak snapped on Friday, Jacob deGrom and the Mets will look to start a new surge on Saturday against the Red Sox, who will counter with Joe Kelly at Citi Field.

deGrom is looking to rebound after one of the poorest starts of his career last time out against Philadelphia. He surrendered seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and walked three in 2 2/3 innings, the shortest outing of his career. It was revealed after the game that he had been dealing with a stomach virus.

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Unreal circus play highlights Amazin' night on D

Torres, Murphy combine for incredible 1-3-1 putout in win over Phillies

Unreal circus play highlights Amazin' night on D

PHILADELPHIA -- Sprinting toward first base, Carlos Torres figured there was little chance Daniel Murphy would feed him the baseball. After splaying out to snare a comebacker that ricocheted off Torres' foot, Murphy was lying on the ground, struggling to remove it from the webbing of his glove. Torres continued on his route. Then in one heaving motion, Murphy shoveled the ball to Torres as the pitcher's foot hit the bag.

Jeff Francoeur was out, and stunned.

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Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

NEW YORK -- When Matt Harvey climbs atop the Citi Field mound for tonight's 7 ET showdown against the Red Sox, he will be operating on 11 days' rest -- 11 days of playing catch, throwing bullpen sessions, weightlifting, watching television and otherwise acting like his usual self: a caged animal. Not since his Grapefruit League debut has he gone longer between outings, thanks to a skipped start on what would have been his turn last Sunday in Denver.

The rest may prove important -- Statcast™ tells us so. While Harvey's results have been pristine over the past month-plus, including a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break of his first year back from Tommy John surgery, his velocity has taken a slight dip. That flies in direct contrast to fellow young pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who -- like most of baseball's top 20 starters, as ranked by Wins Above Replacement -- have enjoyed a gradual midsummer velocity increase.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

BFFs: A ball refused to leave Daniel Murphy's glove

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BFFs: A ball refused to leave Daniel Murphy's glove

Ever since Bill Watterson ended Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip run in 1995, the world has been looking for a joyful human-anthropomorphized object pair of best friends to replace it. On Thursday night, the world found its answer: Daniel Murphy and a baseball. 

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Record-setting Mets run win streak to 7 games

Record-setting Mets run win streak to 7 games

PHILADELPHIA -- In protecting an NL East lead that has stretched to 6 1/2 games, their largest cushion in eight years, the new-look Mets are setting offensive records on a near-nightly basis. But it's one of the longest-tenured Mets, Daniel Murphy, who is playing a significant role in the transformation.

Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run double Thursday and made a circus play on defense, leading the Mets to a 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets swept the four-game series in Philadelphia, set a franchise record with 73 runs in a seven-game span and have won seven in a row overall, grabbing their third winning streak of at least seven games this season.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets break, then extend club mark for monthly HRs

d'Arnaud belts team's 41st homer of August before Cespedes, Johnson follow

Mets break, then extend club mark for monthly HRs

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Mets tied their franchise record for home runs in a month with five games left to go in August, it seemed like a matter of time before their new-look offense would strike again.

On cue, the Mets entered uncharted territory with a trio of home runs in the middle innings of Thursday's 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies. Travis d'Arnaud's two-run shot off Aaron Harang in the fourth inning was their 41st of the month, snapping a tie with the Mets' previous club record of 40 set in June 2006. An inning later, Yoenis Cespedes extended the record to 42 with his own two-run homer, and Kelly Johnson hit a game-tying solo shot for No. 43.

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Richard Justice

Everything falling into place for the Mets

Everything falling into place for the Mets

One by one, the injured guys have returned to the Mets. And new talent has arrived, too, adding pop to a lineup that needed some. Changes here, changes there. Little by little, the Mets have been transformed.

Check them out now. The Mets are 18-6 in August, and they're seemingly sprinting toward their first playoff appearance in nine years. They're leading the Majors in runs this month (6.46 per game), and they have the rotation they hoped to have (fourth in the bigs with a 3.38 ERA and fourth with 694 strikeouts).

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Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

Rookie left-hander will make final appearance for Double-A Binghamton

Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Matz's return to the Mets is now less than a week away.

The Mets announced Thursday that Matz will make his fourth and final Minor League rehab start Monday for Double-A Binghamton, and they will recall him the next day when rosters expand. Matz, the club's No. 1 prospect, has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a strained left lat muscle. He fired six one-hit innings in his latest rehab start Wednesday for Binghamton, stretching out to 56 pitches.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Examining potential September additions for Mets

Examining potential September additions for Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Mets are wary of overcrowding a first-place clubhouse with new faces in September, their list of callups will nonetheless be large -- and composed almost entirely of players who have already spent significant time with the big club. Here are the leading candidates:

Steven Matz, LHP: The first four names on this list are all currently on the Major League disabled list. Matz, the club's No. 1 prospect, will make one more rehab start at Double-A Binghamton on Monday before joining the Mets when rosters expand Tuesday. At that time, the team will probably move to a six-man rotation, as the Mets begin the process of determining whether Matz can best help them out of the bullpen or the rotation in October.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Colon goes to changeup to deliver important start

Mets righty tosses seven scoreless innings, helps give bullpen a rest

Colon goes to changeup to deliver important start

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Mets presented Bartolo Colon with Wednesday night's wrestling-style championship belt, a nightly tradition after wins, the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park burst into cheers. They were loud enough to be audible outside a set of double doors, through a concrete wall.

Later, before Colon began discussing the particulars of his seven scoreless innings in a 9-4 win over the Phillies, interpreter Ricky Bones pushed aside a stack of hangers in his locker to make the belt clearly visible.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets tie club record with 40th HR of month

Cuddyer blasts two-run shot into second deck in 8th inning vs. Phillies

Mets tie club record with 40th HR of month

PHILADELPHIA -- Bat struck ball and a few seconds later, Michael Cuddyer's two-run homer settled into Citizens Bank Park's upper deck -- a no-doubter, which Statcast™ projected to land 424 feet from where Cuddyer stood. Yet there was no use ogling it either during or after the Mets' 9-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night. The team, after all, is used to this sort of thing.

Cuddyer's eighth-inning homer was the Mets' 40th of August, tying the franchise record for any month that they set in June 2006. And they still have five games left in August.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third time this season, the Mets own a winning streak of at least half a dozen games. They grabbed their sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, extending their National League East lead over the Nationals to 6 1/2 games -- their largest since leading the Phillies by seven games with 17 to go in 2007 -- and putting themselves on pace for exactly 90 wins.

"You've got to win games you're supposed to win, there's no question about it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Right now, we'll take it."

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Matz hurls six scoreless innings at Double-A

Mets' No. 1 prospect likely to make one more rehab start before joining club

Matz hurls six scoreless innings at Double-A

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Matz may be more than a week away from coming off the disabled list, but he certainly looked ready in his latest rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton.

Matz delivered six shutout, one-hit innings against Erie, striking out six and walking none. It was the rookie left-hander's first rehab start at Binghamton, following two outings with Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

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O'Flaherty struggling as Mets' lefty specialist

O'Flaherty struggling as Mets' lefty specialist

PHILADELPHIA -- First it was Josh Edgin, the left-handed reliever who underwent Tommy John surgery in March, followed by Jack Leathersich in July. In between, the Mets traded for Jerry Blevins, who fractured (and later re-fractured) his throwing arm and is likely out for the season. Left-handers Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin never profiled as one-out specialists, despite their use in that role at times.

Now it's August and the one lefty specialist on New York's roster, Eric O'Flaherty, is struggling on a near-nightly basis. O'Flaherty faced five batters in the Mets' 9-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday, retired two of them and allowed three runs. His ERA since coming to the Mets in an early-August waiver deal is 15.88; lefties are hitting .444 off him with a walk during that span.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets ready to put quick-pitch incident behind them

Mets ready to put quick-pitch incident behind them

PHILADELPHIA -- By the time batting practice began on Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins was ready to chat and joke around the cage with Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, his longtime friend turned temporary antagonist. Earlier in the day, Collins quipped that Bowa needed "a little bit of time" to cool off after screaming at Hansel Robles and Daniel Murphy during an on-field altercation Tuesday.

Collins was ready to put it in the past, as were his players.

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Syndergaard shakes off HRs to halt road woes

Rookie right-hander strikes out nine over five innings vs. Phillies

Syndergaard shakes off HRs to halt road woes

PHILADELPHIA -- The zero was plain to see, worrisome enough for the Mets to alter Noah Syndergaard's routine. Electric at home, Syndergaard had never won a road game entering Tuesday's play, thanks in large part to an ERA nearly three times as large away from Citi Field. So the Mets spent most of August tinkering with Syndergaard's pregame timing and workload, trying to make things as close to home as possible.

If Syndergaard was as worried as his superiors, he's not saying. After giving up four runs in five innings Tuesday to earn the win in a 6-5 Mets victory over the Phillies, the rookie shoved aside talk of his home-road splits.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clutch Cuddyer thriving in part-time role

Veteran delivers two-run, pinch-hit single in Mets' 6-5 win over Phils

Clutch Cuddyer thriving in part-time role

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Cuddyer was in the middle of explaining how he's always been adept at pinch-hitting, with most of the opportunities coming early in career, when he paused and started laughing.

"That was a long time ago," the 15-year veteran said.

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Mets rally to give Syndergaard first road win

Mets rally to give Syndergaard first road win

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillie Phanatic crushing a Mets helmet to smithereens during a between-innings gag was not evidence enough, then Larry Bowa's ejection sealed it. Make no mistake: the Mets may be in first place and the Phillies in last, but there's still a rivalry coursing down Interstate 95.

That was apparent throughout the Mets' fifth straight win on Monday, a 6-5 victory at Citizens Bank Park that improved them to 10-1 against the Phillies this season. Noah Syndergaard earned his first road victory of the year, Travis d'Arnaud tied things on a bases-loaded walk and Michael Cuddyer gave the Mets the lead for good with a pinch-hit, two-run single off Jeanmar Gomez in the sixth.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

Philadelphia's bench coach tossed after benches clear in Mets' win

Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Give the man a chance to hit.

Tempers flared and benches emptied in the seventh inning Tuesday night in the Mets' 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies felt Mets right-hander Hansel Robles quick-pitched a pair of their hitters on consecutive nights before they had a chance to get set in the batter's box. The second occurrence got Jeff Francoeur out of the dugout, bench coach Larry Bowa ejected and Daniel Murphy wondering why Bowa wanted him drilled in the ribs with a pitch.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Mets dial up historic power

NL East leaders set franchise mark with eight homers; Bryant's milestone 20th homer a walk-off for Cubs

Stats of the Day: Mets dial up historic power

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday ...

• The Mets set a franchise record with eight home runs as they pummeled the Phillies, 16-7. The previous record of seven had been set on April 19, 2005, also against the Phils. The Mets added seven doubles to set a new team record with 15 extra-base hits. The previous record of 13 had been set on Aug. 24, 2005, 10 years to the day.

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Record 8 HRs propel Mets in Wright's return

Record 8 HRs propel Mets in Wright's return

PHILADELPHIA -- No deficit is too large for the new-look Mets to overcome. No offensive benchmarks are too ostentatious. David Wright homered in his first game since April and wound up being a footnote in the Mets' 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday, which featured a franchise record eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright, who had not played since April 14 due to a career-threatening spinal condition, homered off Adam Morgan on his first swing back from the disabled list. That sparked a torrent of offense from a Mets team that has scored in clumps throughout its three-city road trip, using two Wilmer Flores homers and a half-dozen others to pick up Jacob deGrom after his worst start of the season.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Welcome back, Captain: Wright homers in 1st at-bat

All-Star third baseman hits first of club-record 8 HRs in rout of Phils

Welcome back, Captain: Wright homers in 1st at-bat

PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets piled out of their team bus late Sunday night and rode an elevator up to the lobby of their hotel, exhausted from their day game in Colorado and flight across the country. Then the elevator door opened and there was David Wright, grinning in full uniform with a tray of cookies he purchased from a nearby bakery.

With that, the barrier that had separated the Mets from their captain since April came tumbling to the ground. The Mets laughed and snapped photos and ate cookies together, and by the time they all arrived at the ballpark on Monday for Wright's first big league game in over four months, it seemed like just another game.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets set club records with 8 HRs, 15 XBH vs. Phils

Flores goes deep twice, Cespedes homers in 9th for new mark

Mets set club records with 8 HRs, 15 XBH vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Turns out David Wright's welcome-back homer was just the beginning.

Wright's solo homer in the second inning Monday sparked a franchise-record eight from the Mets in their 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Juan Lagares added a solo shot in the third inning, Wilmer Flores went back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the fourth and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth, and only then did the Mets begin piling on. Michael Cuddyer added a solo homer two batters later, Daniel Murphy tied the franchise record with a two-run shot in the sixth and Yoenis Cespedes broke it with a two-run laser in the ninth.

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Did you know: Mets, Phils set amazin' records

Did you know: Mets, Phils set amazin' records

The Mets continued their torrid offensive pace on Monday night when they took aim at a number of franchise -- and Major League -- records with a home run barrage against the Phillies.

The Phillies also chipped in some homers of their own, as the two clubs combined for one of the top power displays in Major League history. Here's a look at 10 of the top facts and figures stemming from the Mets' 16-7 victory:

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gilmartin picks up Mets after deGrom's blip

Left-hander tosses 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief vs. Phillies

Gilmartin picks up Mets after deGrom's blip

PHILADELPHIA -- In his former life as a starter, a pitch count well above 50 would have meant little to Sean Gilmartin. But since Spring Training, Gilmartin has served exclusively as a reliever, his ticket to a roster spot on the first-place Mets. So he couldn't help but take notice as his pitch total soared in the middle innings Monday, forcing him to rely on adrenaline in the Mets' 16-7 victory over the Phillies.

"I'll definitely feel it in the next couple days," Gilmartin said.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.