Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings but Lucas Duda's two errors on one play in the seventh opened the door for a three-run inning for the Phillies, who defeated the Mets, 5-2, in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
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- Ynoa allowed five hits and a walk while fanning two in his third career start. Erik Goeddel did not retire a batter in the seventh, surrendering three runs - two earned - on two hits and a walk.
- With the Mets leading 2-1, Goeddel (2-2) allowed a single and a walk to start the seventh. Duda could not handle Cody Asche's grounder cleanly and then threw wildly to first, allowing the tying run to score. A single and a sacrifice fly gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead.
- The Mets trailed 1-0 but tied the game on Alejandro De Aza's single in the sixth and went ahead on Kevin Plawecki's RBI double in the seventh.
- Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes did not appear in the game. Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce started the game but were lifted after two plate appearances.
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News and notes…
- Prior to their game with the Giants on Aug. 20, the Mets trailed the Pirates, Marlins, Cardinals and Dodgers in the Wild Card chase. New York was 60-62 and 7.5 games out of the first Wild Card spot and 8.5 games behind San Francisco, who led the N.L. West. Over the last 40 games, the Mets went 27-13 (.675), to catch the Giants and earn the top N.L. Wild Card spot.
- New York finished 12-7 against Philadelphia and went 43-38 on the road, their most victories away from Citi Field since 2011. The Mets won 14 of their last 20 games on the road.
- Bruce singled in his last at-bat to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
- Ryan Howard, who has 48 career homers against the Mets, went 0-for-4 in what was more-than-likely his final game as a Phillie.
The Mets (87-75) will return to Citi Field and prepare for their Wild Card matchup with the Giants (87-75) on Wednesday night on ESPN. Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) will get the ball for New York in his fifth career postseason appearance and fourth start. The 24-year-old was 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 19 innings in last year's playoffs. San Francisco counters with their own ace, Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), who defeated New York twice in the regular season. In 14 career playoff appearances - 12 starts - the southpaw is 7-3 with a 2.14 ERA.