Things you should know about today's game...
1) Asdrubal Cabrera's two-out, two-run homer capped a four-run seventh for the Mets, who began the inning trailing, 6-3. T.J. Rivera started the offensive explosion with a solo home run and Wilmer Flores added an RBI single. Jose Reyes had an RBI double in the second and Lucas Duda gave New York a 3-2 lead with his 14th home run of the year, a solo blast in the fourth. Jay Bruce tied the game with an RBI groundout earlier in the frame.
2) Addison Reed secured four outs for his 14th save in 16 chances, working around a leadoff double in the ninth. He entered the game with a man on first and two outs in the eighth following a 57-minute rain delay.
3) Fresh off the disabled list, Zack Wheeler breezed through three innings before losing his command and committing an error that led to two runs in the fourth. He allowed two runs -- both unearned -- on two hits and two walks while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.
4) Reyes, Duda and Cabrera had two hits apiece for the Mets.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Well, it was an ugly and sloppily-played game from the Mets' perspective, but it's a W in the ledger. To be fair, New York did show some serious guts rallying for four runs immediately after falling behind by three. Cabrera -- on his bobble-head day -- redeemed himself after failing with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Mets ahead and on their way to a seventh win in eight games. It was nice to see an instant response after being set up for what could have been a truly revolting loss to a team that is 15-41 since May 1.
Wheeler returned with mixed results, showing how dominant he can be and how maddeningly inconsistent he is within the span of minutes. He was touching 97 with his heater and flashing some of his off-speed pitches which had been missing during his last few starts, but then came the fourth inning and it was deep counts, walks and runs. It's beyond frustrating to watch him pitch to his usual M.O.
Granted, the competition over the last week has been anything but stellar, but you play who's on your schedule and it's provided a little hope to the beleaguered Mets. Personally, I'm under no illusions of any sort of playoff aspirations until this sustained run continues against legitimate competition. Still, this is easily New York's best stretch of the season and as a fan, I just want to enjoy some winning baseball. It's about time. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have won seven of eight and improved to 6-2 against the Phillies this season. New York is 20-8 against Philadelphia at home since July 30, 2014 and has won 16 of its last 19 series against its rivals.
After setting a club-record with 50 home runs in one month in June, New York hit a pair to begin July. Duda's 122nd career homer tied him with Kevin McReynolds for eighth on the franchise's all-time list.
Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2 with two walks, ending his nine-game hitting streak. It was his longest as a Met and his best stretch since a 14-game streak in 2008 with the Tigers.
Reed has surrendered two runs over his last 16 innings and has a 1.88 ERA since May 1.
To make room for Wheeler's activation, Michael Conforto (bruised right hand) was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 28.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (38-42) go for a sweep of the Phillies (26-53) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (1-4, 5.63 ERA, 1.94 WHIP) closes the series looking to replicate his strong start against the Giants last Sunday. The 26-year-old surrendered one run and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time in nearly three years. Montero has an ERA of 12 and is 0-1 in five career appearances -- one start -- against Philadelphia.
Nick Pivetta (1-4, 5.40 ERA 1.67 WHIP) makes his 10th start of the season coming off the shortest outing of his career. The right-hander was charged with six runs on seven hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Pivetta has never faced the Mets.