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Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce erupted on Max Scherzer offerings to help Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young case and Mickey Callaway blew up on home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn as the Mets pulled out a 5-4 victory in 12 innings over the Nationals. Conforto and Bruce launched back-to-back homers off the Nats ace in the third for a 3-0 lead. Bruce tagged on an RBI single in the top of the eighth before Washington rallied against Anthony Swarzak to tie things up at four in the bottom half of the inning. The score remained tied until Jose Lobaton drove in Amed Rosario — who had three hits in six at-bats — for what’d stand as the game-winning run in the 12th. Callaway was ejected in the 10th for objecting to a questionable strike call against Jeff McNeil, who collected a double and a triple. Jason Vargas surrendered two runs in 5.2 innings, and Jacob Rhame pitched scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th for the win.
With Jay Bruce establishing himself at first base and Peter Alonso looming, Dominic Smith has remained positive in his pursuit of the Mets’ starting gig at the position.
ESPN’s Keith Law said the Mets have a “good chance” at having a top-10 farm system next season; he described Jarred Kelenic as a “stud.”
MLB.com’s Mike Petriello made the case that not only does Jacob deGrom deserve Cy Young honors, he should be the NL MVP as well.
Around the National League East
The Braves pounded Phillies starter Vince Velasquez for an 8-3 victory and a 6.5-game lead in the division with less than two weeks remaining in the season. Check out recaps from Talking Chop and The Good Phight.
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Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Wilmer Flores’ season is finished after the infielder was diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees.
The Amazin’ Avenue Audio crew discussed the upcoming conclusion of David Wright’s career, and reflected on how the team’s minor league affiliates did this year.
This Date in Mets History
Ten days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mike Piazza delivered one of the franchise’s most memorable moments. While trailing the Braves 2-1, he launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that’d stand as the game-winning hit in the first professional baseball game in New York since the horrific events.