Jay Bruce homered for the second straight day to help the Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-2, in the teams' final meeting of the season on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.
In case you missed it…
- With the Mets leading by a run in the fifth, Bruce parked his 32nd homer of the year - and third in five games - over the right-field fence to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. Seth Lugo and Jose Reyes hit back-to-back two-out doubles an inning earlier to give New York the lead. James Loney's eight home run, a two-run blast in the second, tied the game after the Mets fell behind 2-0.
- Lugo (5-2) allowed Martin Prado's two-run homer but nothing more in 5 1/3 innings to extend his unbeaten streak to seven. The right-hander allowed five hits, three walks - one intentional - and struck out two win his fifth consecutive decision.
- Curtis Granderson went 4-for-4 with walk and has reached base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth to record his 50th save, the most ever by a Dominican pitcher. He is the 13th reliever in Major League history to reach the 50-save mark.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Terry Collins on his club's handling of the series: "We've said it all along, we've got a special group of guys. They are very respectful. They're respectful of the game, they're respectful of people…We had games to play that were very meaningful for us. I thought the guys, after Monday night, realized we had to go out and play."
Collins on Bruce: "I will tell you, he's locked, for me. He's locked in. He's seeing, he's laying off pitches and it couldn't have come at a better time. … He's starting to get his extension out in front of the plate…I see a different swing."
Lugo on a potential playoff start: "The way I look at it is it's just another baseball game. So, I'm just going to go about it the same way I go about every game."
News and notes…
- Pending the outcome of the Giants' and Cardinals games, the Mets lowered their magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot to three.
- The Mets finished 12-7 against the Marlins and won the final five series of the year between the two clubs.
- New York's N.L.-leading 64th multi-homer game gave them 104 away from Citi Field, tied with the 2006 club for the second-most road home runs in franchise history. The Mets have scored five or more runs in six of their last seven games.
- Bruce went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks before he was replaced for defensive purposes. He's hitting .438 (7-for-16) with three home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored in his last five games.
- Since Aug. 29 - a span of 26 games - Granderson is hitting .301 (28-for-93) with 10 home runs, 24 RBIs, 26 runs scored and 20 walks.
- The Mets' bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 19 1/3 innings.
- Since losing his first big league start on Aug. 19, Lugo is 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA.
After a day off Thursday, the Mets (85-74) begin their final regular-season series of the year against the Phillies (70-88) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) is scheduled to start for New York. However, after throwing only 47 pitches on Monday, Bartolo Colon (14-8, 3.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) may get the call on three days' rest. Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP), who allowed four unearned runs in five innings against New York last Friday, will open the series for Philadelphia.