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Mets Morning News: Murphy's hustle and Thor's hammer power Mets into final four

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Jacob deGrom struggled early but got key outs with runners in scoring position to hold the Dodgers to just a pair of runs. Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy drove in two runs for the Mets and scored a third on a Travis d'Arnaud sac fly. Brilliant relief work by Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia sealed the deal for New York, who won 3-2 and clinched its first postseason series victory since 2006.

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Check out video highlights of the amazin' win. GIF highlights are available as well.

After the game, the celebration transferred from the field to the clubhouse, where the Mets created their own slip-and-slide.

It's safe to say that Terry Collins is feeling the love from the Queens faithful. Even Sandy Alderson joined in the celebration.

Daniel Murphy is the latest Mets middle infielder to go from zero to hero.

Zack Greinke's decision to pitch to Murphy out of the stretch, even with no runners on base in the sixth inning, proved costly.

The Mets have just one day off before jumping into the NLCS on Saturday night. Matt Harvey will get the Game 1 start in Queens against Chicago's veteran southpaw Jon Lester.

When you take into account the grission of deGrom, the sheer dominance of Syndergaard, and Justin Turner's superb night at the plate, Game 5 featured a lot of great hair.

Around the NL East

The Good Phight welcomes in the Andy MacPhail era in earnest.

Talking Chop wonders if the Braves should stick with Cameron Maybin in center field next season.

Federal Baseball tries to figure out which Nationals players will receiver qualifying offers.

Were there really Marlins fans rooting for the Mets last night?

Around Major League Baseball has a position-by-position preview of the ALCS, which begins tonight in Kansas City.

Cubs rookie shortstop Addison Russell has been ruled out of the NLCS with a hamstring injury.

The Jose Bautista bat flip from Game 5 of the Texas vs. Toronto ALDS is now tattooed on someone's body.

The success that the Royals are currently enjoying is especially sweet for their fans due to the years of failure that the franchise endured. I think Mets fans can relate to that.

FanGraphs named Jake Arrieta as the NL Contact Manager of the Year.

The Mets didn't have to face the Pirates nor the Cardinals to reach the NLCS. This calls for realignment!

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Jeff, Greg, and Steve recapped last night's excitement with Episode 147 of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

Also available: a Yoenis Cespedes bat flip t-shirt.

This date in Mets history

The Mets clinched their first world championship with a 5-3 win over the Orioles in 1969.