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The Mets eked out a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, enjoying 5.2 innings of one-run baseball from Noah Syndergaard and three hits from his battery-mate, Rene Rivera. Each of the first three Cubs to face Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning reached base, only for Chicago to leave the bases loaded after a Kris Bryant double play. Two scoreless innings of relief earned Hansel Robles his fourth win of the season, while Jeurys Familia converted his 49th straight save, the fourth-longest streak in major league history.
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Wilmer Flores, who didn't appear in Tuesday's game, acknowledged that his time as a big league regular will come "here or somewhere else." The majority of Flores's playing time has been taken by Jose Reyes, who recently worked out in center field alongside Michael Conforto.
Lucas Duda has resumed baseball activities in Port St. Lucie.
Noah Syndergaard told ESPN his arm felt "really good" prior to his no-decision on Tuesday. Syndergaard rebounded nicely from a poor outing against Washington on July 8, reaching the 300 strikeout milestone in his 43rd major league game.
Terry Collins doesn't expect to use Curtis Granderson extensively in center field. Including Tuesday's game, Granderson has made just three appearances in center field over the last two seasons.
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Reynaldo Lopez had a major league debut to forget, surrendering six earned runs in Washington's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.
Nationals prospect Trea Turner learned to play center field in Triple-A, and he may now be a candidate to receive starts over Ben Revere and Michael Taylor.
The Marlins took a 2-1 victory over the Phillies, improving to 4.5 games behind Washington in the NL East.
Gordon Beckham's home run off Michael Lorenzen was the defining blow in Atlanta's 5-4 win over the Reds.
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Clayton Kershaw has been shut down because of continued back pain. Manager Dave Roberts labeled Kershaw's return "uncertain."
Josh Harrison's little league home run guided the Pirates to a walk-off win against the visiting Brewers. As noted by Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs, Pittsburgh will have an easy second half schedule.
Earlier in Tuesday's match-up at PNC Park, Bucs manager Clint Hurdle made a controversial call by allowing Jameson Taillon to continue pitching after being struck in the head by a line drive.
The Rockies may sell before the July 31 trade deadline, as reliever Boone Logan and outfielder Charlie Blackmon have received interest from competing teams.
Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking the Houston Astros' database. The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, Correa gained unauthorized access to "scouting reports, amateur player evaluations, notes on trade discussions and proposed bonuses for draft picks."
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1933, Nelson Doubleday Jr. was born. Formerly chairman of the board in the Mets organization, Doubleday sold his stake of the team to Fred Wilpon in 2002. Doubleday passed away in June of 2015 at the age of 81.
Happy birthday to Ty Kelly! The 28-year-old is tearing it up with a .345 batting average in Triple-A Las Vegas this season.