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Final Score: Mets 8, Athletics 5—Offense shows signs of life, bullpen almost ruins it

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The Mets held on to win today despite the best efforts of their pitching and defense.

Ezra Shaw

The Mets won a sloppy game today in Oakland, splitting their two-game series with the Athletics by beating the home team 8-5.

The Mets offense finally came alive this afternoon, most notably plating five runs in the third inning against A's starter Jeff Samardzija thanks to a wild pitch and homers from Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda. The Amazins got two more in the fourth and one more in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

The home team did not make it an easy victory, however, and answered back with two runs in both the third and the fourth. Zack Wheeler struggled today, letting up four runs in just under six innings of work, though two of the runs were unearned due to an error by Daniel Murphy in the fourth.

The Athletics also threatened in the bottom of the eighth, when Jeurys Familia came in with the bases loaded and walked in a run to make the score 8-5. Thankfully, he eventually escaped that jam, and also worked around a two-out double in the ninth to give the Mets a much-needed victory.

Read the full recap.

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