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Thanks to big plays from Alejandro De Aza in the field and at the plate, the Mets topped the Cardinals in the rubber match of their three-game set, 10-6. The outfielder robbed Matt Carpenter of an extra-base hit at the center field fence and collected a single, a home run, and five RBIs on the day. Rookie pitcher Seth Lugo made his second strong start in a row, tossing five shutout innings after surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 frames in his first career big league start against the Giants.
De Aza was in the game in part because Jay Bruce’s calf is still sore. He was removed from Wednesday night’s game as a precautionary measure after straining it.
Yoenis Cespedes said he wouldn’t opt out of the last two years of his three-year, $75 million contract.
Terry Collins is considering giving the struggling Jacob deGrom some extra rest.
Kevin Kernan marveled that the Mets are still in the playoff hunt.
Around the NL East
Matt Wisler took a no-hitter into the seventh as the Braves bested the Diamondbacks, 3-1.
The Marlins were dominated by the Royals bullpen in a 5-2 loss.
The Phillies traded Carlos Ruiz, who’s been with the team since his 2006 rookie season, to the Dodgers.
Max Scherzer struck out 10 Orioles over eight innings as the Nationals won, 4-0.
Around the Majors
Matt Moore came oh-so-close to pitching a no-hitter for the Giants, finally surrendering a knock with two outs in the ninth.
Jason Kipnis gave the Rangers a laugh when the Indians’ second baseman pretended to cower in fear of noted face-puncher Rougned Odor.
Fangraphs examined Kris Bryant’s case as the NL MVP.
Yesterday at AA
Amazin’ Avenue Audio updated the Panic City Meter and checked in with the team’s minor league prospects.
Michael Conforto had himself a day at Triple-A, going 3-for-4 with a home run against a lefty.
This Date in Mets History
Twenty years ago, the Mets promoted Bobby Valentine, 46-year-old skipper of Triple-A Norfolk, to the show. He held the job until 2002.