Mets' lead down to 5 after 11-inning loss to Fish

Mets' lead down to 5 after 11-inning loss to Fish

MIAMI -- The Marlins are aiming to salvage a disappointing season by playing the role of spoiler. They did just that on Friday night when Martin Prado capped a career-high five-hit night with a walk-off double in the 11th inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Facing lefty Eric O'Flaherty, Prado laced the ball down the first-base line. Christian Yelich, who has been playing with a bruised right knee, raced around the bases, scoring from first. Prado collected the seventh walk-off hit of his career, and Miami made the National League East race a little more interesting, with New York dropping to five games ahead of Washington, which enjoyed a walk-off of its own on Friday night.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Responding to Boras, Mets stick with Harvey plan

Responding to Boras, Mets stick with Harvey plan

MIAMI -- Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday that the club will not change its plan for Matt Harvey as the right-hander nears the end of his first season after Tommy John surgery. Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, told CBS Sports that Harvey needs to be kept on an innings limit to protect his health.

Boras said that Harvey, who has tossed 166 1/3 innings so far this season, should log no more than 180 innings, including the playoffs. Ricco, however, said the Mets will simply continue to stick to their plan for their ace.

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Cuddyer to sit with tendinitis in wrist

Cuddyer to sit with tendinitis in wrist

MIAMI -- After dealing with a bothersome right wrist for the past week, Michael Cuddyer is going to take some time off with what Mets manager Terry Collins called tendinitis in the wrist.

"He told me today that it had actually been bothering him for a few days," Collins said prior to Friday's game at Marlins Park. "But not enough to not play. Today he came in -- he's had a tough time even closing his right hand. That was enough for me that he can't play."

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Wright marveling at Citi Field buzz

Excitement of fans reminding veteran of earlier Mets years

Wright marveling at Citi Field buzz

NEW YORK -- Two hundred eighteen thousand, three hundred ninety-five fans packed into Citi Field for six games on the Mets' most recent homestand against the Red Sox and Phillies. That meant 218,395 bits of nostalgia for David Wright.

Over the past seven years, Wright has often referenced the 2006-08 seasons as benchmarks for what he hoped to see again at Citi. Nothing could have prepared him for what he experienced as a 23-year-old down the stretch in '06, back when 218,395-fan homestands were customary. Then again, Wright admits now that nothing could have prepared him for what he experienced afterward, either: consecutive collapses followed by six straight losing seasons. And that was just for the team. For Wright, that stretch coincided with serious injury after serious injury, culminating in this year's spinal stenosis diagnosis.

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'757' friends Wright, Cuddyer take aim at postseason

Mets teammates with Virginia roots look to hold off Nationals in standings

'757' friends Wright, Cuddyer take aim at postseason

NEW YORK -- Now that the impact of the wonderful and weepy Wilmer Flores episode has diminished and David Wright is back in harness, the most compelling storyline involving the Mets is told by the standings of the National League East and the team's remaining schedule.

For those who closely monitored the first months of this Mets season and saw too many Triple A and 4-A players participating, the prospects for the final month certainly test the imagination. The words "division leaders" don't roll off the tongue just yet. But with practice, we'll all be able to speak them before the Mets visit to D.C. on Monday with that label intact.

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Marty Noble is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Murphy day to day with mild left quad strain

Murphy day to day with mild left quad strain

NEW YORK -- An MRI on Daniel Murphy's left quad Thursday revealed only a "mild strain," according to a team spokesman. Murphy is day-to-day.

Murphy, 30, left Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies due to discomfort in his quad, saying afterward that it felt "just a shade less than 100 percent." The Mets, at the time, termed his removal a precaution.

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Tejada hits inside-the-park homer vs. Philly

Tejada hits inside-the-park homer vs. Philly

NEW YORK -- From his vantage point at second base, Kelly Johnson went through the same sequence of emotions as nearly everyone else in Citi Field: disbelief that Ruben Tejada's hit skipped past Domonic Brown, concern for Brown as he flipped over the outfield wall and onto the concrete below, then a blaze of excitement as he watched Tejada race around the bases for the Mets' first inside-the-park home run in a half-decade.

For the Mets, it was a defining moment in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Phillies, another machine-like demonstration of their newfound offensive capabilities. For Brown, who left the park with concussion-like symptoms, it could have lasting repercussions. For Tejada, it was the lead highlight of what has quietly been a solid season in a previously disappointing career.

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Harvey, Tejada lead Mets to series win over Philly

Harvey, Tejada lead Mets to series win over Philly

NEW YORK -- Nine runs, 16 hits, a breezy victory in front of more than 32,000 fans at Citi Field -- this sort of thing has become almost routine for the Mets as they continue chugging toward their first National League East title since 2006.

The Mets moved another day closer to that goal with a 9-4 win Wednesday over the Phillies, maintaining their 6 1/2-game NL East lead. Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park home run, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes added more traditional shots and the Mets cruised from there, despite an uncharacteristic outing from Matt Harvey, who was experiencing dehydration symptoms.

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Hernandez discusses Mulholland glove toss on anny

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Hernandez discusses Mulholland glove toss on anny

Like all great hitters, Keith Hernandez owns an encyclopedic knowledge of his career. The Mets broadcaster has catalogued in his mind thousands of at bats from across his 17 years in the Majors, which he can recall in often colorfully painstaking detail.

Then there is one memory, from 29 years ago today, that history (and we) won't let him forget.

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Murphy leaves game with left quad discomfort

Murphy leaves game with left quad discomfort

NEW YORK -- With the Mets already ahead by a comfortable amount and Matt Harvey on the mound, Daniel Murphy decided to speak up to the coaches about the discomfort he was feeling in his left quad.

He was removed from New York's 9-4 win over the Phillies in the third inning in what the Mets called a precautionary move. However, Murphy did not travel with the team to Miami on Wednesday night and was scheduled to be examined on the Mets' off-day Thursday.

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

Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

NEW YORK -- First baseman Lucas Duda took a tangible step forward in his rehab from a back injury on Wednesday, swinging a bat for the first time since landing on the disabled list Aug. 22.

Duda, who is rehabbing from a small thoracic herniation in his back, will not come off the DL when first eligible on Sunday, though he may not require much additional time after that. In any scenario, the Mets have no plans to rush Duda considering their 6 1/2-game NL East lead entering Wednesday's play. Daniel Murphy has been playing first base most days in Duda's absence, with Michael Cuddyer filling in on occasion.

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Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

Infielder expected to return to Mets on Friday vs. Marlins

Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores flew home to Venezuela on Wednesday to be with his ailing grandfather, with plans to return to the Mets on Friday in Miami. With Flores gone, Ruben Tejada started at shortstop against the Phillies.

Flores, 24, is hitting .263 with 14 home runs in 119 games. Since the night he became a national sensation for crying on the field, believing he had been traded, Flores has hit .316 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He has developed into something close to an everyday starter during that time, seeing reps both at shortstop and second base.

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Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz's electric but brief introduction to the big leagues is finally ready for a sequel.

The Mets activated Matz from the disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton in his final rehab start, with plans to insert him into their rotation this weekend in Miami. The team will skip Noah Syndergaard's next turn in the rotation, according to a person with knowledge of the plan, shifting Matz into that slot before moving to a six-man rotation the following week.

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Mets looking for more from Niese and Parnell

Mets looking for more from Niese and Parnell

NEW YORK -- Several weeks ago, Bobby Parnell was lounging in the Citi Field clubhouse, reflecting back on what has become a long career. He, Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans all came through the Mets' farm system together, a quartet of well-regarded prospects who debuted within months of each other in 2008. None of them have appeared in a postseason game.

For more than one of those players, that may not change anytime soon. Evans is long since gone from the organization. And while Murphy remains a member of the Mets' bedrock at least for the next two months, Parnell and Niese are struggling to prove they deserve significant roles on a rapidly-changing roster. Those two allowed nine runs in the Mets' 14-8 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday, inciting varying levels of anxiety.

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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' 10-game win streak vs. Phillies snapped

Mets' 10-game win streak vs. Phillies snapped

NEW YORK -- Still their most conspicuous weakness despite several trades to address it, the Mets' bullpen unraveled Tuesday in a 14-8 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field. They retained a 6.5-game NL East lead thanks to the Nationals' subsequent loss to the Cardinals.

Bobby Parnell, Eric O'Flaherty and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning of the Mets' first loss in their last 11 meetings with the Phillies. Darin Ruf's two-run single accounted for a chunk of the damage, as well as a large part of his six-RBI game. But the Mets helped things along with two defensive errors, four bases on balls and multiple questionable personnel decisions.

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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.

Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

New York called up seven players with rosters expanding on Tuesday

Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

NEW YORK -- For the first time in over a year, Eric Young Jr. stepped into Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. A security guard greeted him with a hug. A team cook beamed at his arrival. The Mets were thrilled to have what Young called his own "brand of energy" back in the clubhouse.

"You try to put the whole puzzle together," Young said. "Hopefully I can help complete that puzzle."

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Mets sending three players to Arizona Fall League

Mets sending three players to Arizona Fall League

NEW YORK -- The Mets will send three prospects to the Arizona Fall League once the Minor League seasons end: infielder Jeff McNeil, right-hander Beck Wheeler and right-hander Ricky Jannis.

McNeil, the Mets' 12th-round selection in the 2013 Draft, has split time between second, third and shortstop while hitting .317 for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. McNeil, 23, leads the Florida State League in runs scored and on-base percentage (.376), and places second in batting and hits (146) through 117 games.

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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, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

NEW YORK -- Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.

The Mets finished August with 20 wins, achieving that for the first time in any month since August 2000. They also set a franchise record with 45 home runs in the month, including a pair on Monday from Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson. New York also extended its division lead to 6 1/2 games as Washington was topped by St. Louis, 8-5.

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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.

On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

NEW YORK -- There Bartolo Colon stood on Aug. 21, owning a 4.90 ERA and an expiring contract. At the time it was nearly impossible to envision him taking the ball for the Mets in October.

And maybe it's still difficult. But with eight shutout innings in Monday's 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon ran his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and has at least wedged his foot in the door of playoff consideration.

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Rookie Conforto playing like a wily veteran

Rookie Conforto playing like a wily veteran

NEW YORK -- In the Mets' 3-1 win over the Phillies on Monday, Michael Conforto showed all the offensive tools that made him New York's No. 1 Draft pick in 2014.

He rifled an inside changeup into right field for a single. He smacked an outside fastball for a home run to left -- the first opposite-field shot of his career. And when Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff was done giving him pitches to hit, Conforto took a walk.

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Colon notches new season high with seven hits

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Colon notches new season high with seven hits

At the beginning of the season, his 18th, Bartolo Colon was a very happy Major League Baseball player. And why wouldn't he be? He was 41 years old and still playing the game he loves. Look at that grin.

Although he's had an up-and-down year, Colon has experienced newfound success at the plate. And during Monday's start against the Phillies, he set a new season high with his seventh hit -- a hard line drive up the middle:

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Reed turns 'pen from concern to strength

Reed turns 'pen from concern to strength

NEW YORK -- Addison Reed stepped into a Mets uniform for the first time on Monday. Bobby Parnell should return from the disabled list on Tuesday. With those two, and with Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard in tow, the Mets will spend September with four relievers boasting significant closing experience.

If the bullpen was a significant concern for the Mets during the second half of August, manager Terry Collins is convinced it no longer is.

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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.

Gilmartin gets his wish to stick with Mets

Gilmartin gets his wish to stick with Mets

NEW YORK -- For most of Spring Training, Sean Gilmartin could not escape the nagging reality that there was a chance he'd wind up back where he started.

At the time, Gilmartin was months removed from the Mets selecting him in the Rule 5 Draft -- a numbers game that did not play in his favor. If the Mets chose not to carry him on the Opening Day roster, they would be forced to offer him back to the Twins. But Gilmartin did make the team, and from that point on, he never thought much about his tenuous standing in the organization.

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No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

NEW YORK -- The Mets will not discuss manager Terry Collins' contract status until after the season, general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday during a visit to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn.

The Mets hold a 2016 club option for the 66-year-old Collins but could offer him a contract extension based on what will almost certainly become his first winning season at the helm. He entered Monday's series opener against the Phillies with a 72-58 record after going 79-82 last season.

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'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

Mets closer gets high praise from Red Sox, hasn't allowed run in last 16 innings

'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

NEW YORK -- Rarely does Jeurys Familia allow emotion to escape him. One of the National League's most effective closers also tends to be one of the quietest.

But something stirred within Familia after he unleashed the final pitch of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, a 100-mph fastball that fled past Mookie Betts, zoomed through the upper third of the strike zone and popped into Anthony Recker's mitt. Familia pumped his fist and unleashed a whoop, slapping Recker's hand with a force that could have knocked him to the ground. After Recker walked past him, Familia sought his catcher out again for a second, equally thunderous high-five.

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Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.

"This was a big game for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've been flat the last couple nights. To come out today and get tremendous crowd support again, fan support, it was a good win for us."

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

Mets have logjam for potential playoff rotation

Collins doesn't anticipate Syndergaard, Matz or Niese pitching in bullpen

Mets have logjam for potential playoff rotation

NEW YORK -- The competition for high-leverage middle-relief opportunities within the Mets' bullpen remains alive and unresolved after New York escaped with a 5-4 win over Boston on Sunday, with Hansel Robles surrendering another big hit, Logan Verrett optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and former closer Addison Reed on the way from Arizona.

Shoring up the seventh inning lingers as New York's primary focus at the moment. But another average start from Noah Syndergaard suggests that the Mets could have decisions to make regarding the rotation as well, even if they're not ready to make them yet.

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Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

Ex-Arizona closer could fill much-needed seventh-inning setup role

Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

NEW YORK -- With days to spare until the waiver Trade Deadline, the first-place Mets have addressed their most glaring weakness heading into the stretch run. The club officially acquired right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for two Minor Leaguers in a move that could bridge a widening gap between their starting pitchers and back-end relievers.

The D-backs received right-handed pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz in the deal.

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