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The Mets ended a four-game losing streak thanks to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Cubs. After Chicago got to Steven Matz for three runs over 5.1 innings, Yoenis Cespedes hit a mammoth solo shot in the sixth before a three-run seventh—which included Brandon Nimmo's first career RBI—put the team ahead for good.
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Despite a less-than-ideal line, here are three reasons to be encouraged by Matz's short outing.
Cespedes's dinger was estimated at 466 feet—the longest of his career.
In case you don't recall being reminded every single year: It's Bobby Bonilla day, in which the Mets pay the former outfielder his annual $1,193,248.20 and will continue to do so until 2035.
Kris Bryant talked about what it's like to face Jeurys Familia.
Sandy Alderson offered a very harsh reality about the Mets' trade deadline plans.
Around the NL East
The Braves ended a three-game losing streak with an 8-5 victory over the Marlins. Read more from Talking Chop and Fish Stripes.
Before the loss, Miami made a splash by trading for reliever Fernando Rodney.
The Good Phight spent their off day checking in on beleaguered second baseman Cesar Hernandez.
Danny Espinosa collected seven RBI in the Nationals' 13-4 victory over the struggling Reds.
Around the Majors
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was placed on the disabled list with a lower back injury and will be out through the All-Star break.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy let Madison Bumgarner bat for himself instead of using a DH in Oakland. The ace responded with a double in his first at-bat.
Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan wrote about clutch hitting. The Rangers are remarkably clutch; guess who's the opposite.
This Date in Mets History
Speaking of hitting pitchers, in 1993 Dwight Gooden became the Mets' all-time leader in home runs by a pitcher, hitting his sixth with the franchise off now former Mets pitching coach Charlie Hough.