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Mets Morning News: Epic win does nothing to quell offensive panic

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Meet the Mets

It took nearly six hours, but the Mets finally defeated the Cardinals 3-1 in 18 innings on Sunday afternoon. Ruben Tejada hit a sac fly in the top of the 18th to break a 1-1 tie that was formed when Kolten Wong hit a home run off of Jeurys Famila in bottom of the 13th. Now it's off to Washington for the Metsies.

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New York achieved victory despite setting a franchise record with 25 men left on base.

The offensive futility caused things to get a little loopy inside the SNY broadcast booth.

Since he pitched less than half the game, it's easy to forget that Jon Niese had another nice outing.

When the game finally ended, the Mets switched backup catchers by optioning Johnny Monell to Las Vegas and calling up Anthony Recker.

Another roster change could be imminent, as the club is considering placing Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list. The 36-year-old outfielder has been battling a knee injury throughout July.

The shift of the Mets' August 2 game from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night might be better for ESPN than for family fun at Citi Field.

Around the National League East

Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak past 43 innings while winning his duel with Max Scherzer in a 5-0 Dodgers victory over Washington.

Star Wars Day at Nationals Park looks like a lot of fun.

Cole Hamels struggled against Miami, but Jeff Francoeur came to the rescue with a walk-off home run in an 8-7 Phillies win.

The Braves lost their rubber game with the Cubs 4-1. Freddie Freeman has been rehabbing his injured wrist, but no return date has been set yet.

Around Major League Baseball

Fresh off of his All-Star Game start, Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel completely dominated the rival Rangers.

With just over 10 days left until the trade deadline, Cincinnati's fire sale is now in full swing.

Will Leitch wonders if one of baseball's six longest postseason droughts will come to an end this year.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Greg Karam profiled our new No. 5 Mets prospect, right-handed pitcher Robert Gsellman.

This date in Mets history

In 1995, veteran center fielder Brett Butler recorded four hits in a game for the third day in a row.