Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive homers in support of Bartolo Colon as the Mets solidified their spot in the National League Wild Card race with 3-0 win over the Twins on Friday night at Citi Field.
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- Reyes led off the third with his seventh homer of the season and Cabrera immediately followed with his 20th. It was the 11th time the Mets have hit back-to-back home runs this season and the second time Reyes and Cabrera have done so.
- Colon (14-7) allowed three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six in seven innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. The 43-year-old has worked at least six frames in eight of his last nine starts.
- James Loney went 2-for-4 with a double and Yoenis Cespedes extended New York's lead with an RBI single in the seventh.
- Jeurys Familia walked two but pitched a scoreless ninth to record his Major League-leading 49th save.
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Terry Collins on the Mets' remaining games: "I think the mindset is just getting into the postseason right now. We've got to just continue to try to win as many games as we can. We made a statement about three weeks ago that we've just got to take care of our own business and if we do, we'll get back in the hunt. Well, we're in the hunt. Deeply. And that's all we've got to continue to do is not worry about anything else except our business, to try to win a game each and every night."
Collins on Colon: "He's comfortable doing what he does. He's an amazing guy. That double play he turned, I don't see too many pitchers make that play the way he made it."
Colon on his demeanor: "I'm a veteran. It's a game, and I'm happy to be out there."
News and notes…
- The Mets are 18-7 in their last 25 games and have won 10 of 13 at home.
- New York is 9-7 all-time against the Twins and have beaten them five straight times dating back to 2010. The Mets improved to 10-8 in Interleague matchups this season.
- With two more homers, New York has gone deep 34 times in the last 20 games. Their 199 home run are one shy of the club-record of 200 hit by the 2006 squad.
- Cabrera's 19th long ball as a shortstop tied Reyes' 2006 single-season record. In his last 26 games, Cabrera is batting .370 with seven homers, 17 runs scored and 16 RBIs. He left the game with cramping in his right leg prior to the ninth inning.
- Colon has won five of six decisions with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts since Aug. 1. His 14 wins match his total from last year.
- Juan Lagares was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday night's game. The outfielder had been on the DL since July 29 after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn thumb ligament. He will only be used as a defensive replacement.
The Mets (78-69) will try for an eighth time to move 10 games over the .500 mark as they face the Twins (55-93) on Saturday night from Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.40 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) will try and continue his strong run as a member of New York's rotation. The 26-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five starts and has won four consecutive decisions. Veteran starter Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.53 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) carries a 2.82 ERA in 11 second-half starts into his outing on Saturday for Minnesota.