James Loney's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Mets into the playoffs for the second consecutive season after their 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday. With the win, New York clinched the top N.L. Wild Card spot and will play either San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- Loney went 2-for-4 and blasted his ninth homer of the year - and second in three games - to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. He pointed to his teammates in the dugout and flipped his bat prior to beginning his home run trot.
- T.J. Rivera's broken-bat blooper in the third opened the scoring for New York. Jose Reyes made it 2-0 with base hit in the fourth before Asdrubal Cabrera's two-out RBI single in the ninth added an insurance run for the Mets.
- Bartolo Colon (15-8) allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Howard but nothing else in five innings. The 43-year-old surrendered five hits and didn't issue a walk while fanning six before he was removed after throwing 61 pitches. It was the 19th time in Colon's last 25 starts he has allowed two runs or less.
- Jeurys Familia struck out two in the ninth to record his 51st save of the season.
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News and notes…
- This is the second time the Mets have reached the postseason in consecutive years. The 1999 and 2000 squads were the National League's Wild Card representatives. Since Aug. 20, New York has gone 27-12 (.692), the best record in baseball.
- The Mets won a series from the Phillies for the 14th time in 16 tries and for the fifth consecutive time this season. With one game remaining, New York is 12-6 against Philadelphia while homering 18 times in eight games at Citizens Bank Park this year.
- The Mets scored five runs for the eighth time in nine games and homered for the 106th time on the road, a new franchise record.
- Curtis Granderson went 3-for-4 with a double and has reached safely in 13 of his last 17 plate appearances.
- Rivera has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games, batting .369 (24-for-65) with 13 RBIs in that span.
- Colon's 13th start of the year without a walk tied him with Cleveland's Josh Tomlin for the most in the Majors. With his fourth strikeout, Colon passed Charlie Hough with 2,363 career punchouts, 44th in baseball history.
- Addison Reed pitched a perfect eighth for his Major League-leading 40th hold of the season. That figure ties him with ex-Met Tyler Clippard and Luke Gregerson for the fourth-highest mark since the hold was named an official stat.
- Yoenis Cespedes struck out looking for the last out in the ninth and was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Will Little.
With the the Wild Card secured, the Mets (87-74) will take the field with nothing to play for against the Phillies (70-91) at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) will start and make a brief appearance in preparation for his start on Wednesday in the Wild Card game. Philadelphia ends its season with Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.72 ERA, 1.17 WHIP), who is winless in three starts against New York this year despite a 3.00 ERA in 18 innings.