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  • Mets @ Twins: 07/17 1:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, TIBN



    GAME 95, ROAD GAME 53

    Wednesday, 17th July
    2:10 PM ET
    Target Field





    METS -- STANDINGS



    TWINS -- STANDINGS



    METS -- LEADERS -- TWINS



    METS -- BATTING -- TWINS



    METS -- PITCHING -- TWINS



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    TWINS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- TWINS

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    Mets Send Vargas in Pursuit of Sweep in Minnesota



    The New York Mets had gone an excruciating 13 consecutive road series without gaining a series win when they began their current nine-game road trip by taking two out of three at Miami.

    Now the Mets have a chance to make it two series wins in a row on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

    The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory in Tuesday night's opener of the brief two-game set as reliever Edwin Diaz worked his way out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth by getting Nelson Cruz to pop out on a 3-2 fastball that clocked in at 99.2 mph.

    Diaz was the seventh New York pitcher in the contest that saw the bullpen blank the American League Central-leading Twins on just three hits over five shutout innings.

    "They did a great job tonight and hopefully we can build on that," said outfielder Michael Conforto, who finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, also robbing Cruz of an extra-base hit with a running catch near the wall to end the third inning.

    "It really was the best performance as a collective group by the bullpen," said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. "To throw up five scoreless innings against that group over there says a lot."

    It was the third straight victory for the Mets, their longest win streak since taking four in a row at home on May 20-23 against the Washington Nationals. New York also improved to just 3-29 in contests when they score three runs or fewer.

    Left-hander Jason Vargas (3-5, 4.23 ERA) will start Wednesday afternoon's finale and will be opposed by left-hander Martin Perez (8-3, 4.26).

    Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 20 career games against the Twins, 18 of which were starts, and is 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in nine career starts at Target Field. He has been even more impressive in his last four starts against Minnesota, compiling a 3-0 record and 0.78 ERA.

    Perez, meanwhile, is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two career games and one start against the Mets. This season, he has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his last seven starts.

    Perez won his last start against the Texas Rangers 15-6 on July 5 when he allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings, getting 15 ground-ball outs to go with three strikeouts.

    Minnesota comes in on a two-game losing streak. The Twins, who have seen their AL Central lead over Cleveland dwindle to five games, haven't lost three in a row all season.

    "We had a chance to win the game," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after Tuesday night's loss. "Even on days when we're not at our best and the balls aren't really finding any grass out there, we still played well and gave ourselves an opportunity to win."

    The Twins could be without second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who hit his 15th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss. Schoop left the game with an 0-2 count in the ninth inning after grabbing his left side when he swung at an Edwin Diaz pitch.

    "We think (he's) doing OK," Baldelli said. "I think any time a guy holds his side or touches his side or grabs it in any way ... I thought the right thing to do is make sure the guy is OK. Oblique injuries are not things to mess around with. We don't know if it is an oblique injury yet at this point, but he felt something there. We'll know more tomorrow."

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil grounded out, first baseman Cron to pitcher Ma.Pérez. Davis grounded out, shortstop Polanco to first baseman Cron. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Twins first. Garver walked on a full count. Polanco grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Hechavarría, Garver out. Cruz flied out to right fielder McNeil. E.Rosario lined out to right fielder McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Ramos grounded out, pitcher Ma.Pérez to first baseman Cron. Canó struck out. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Polanco to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Twins second. Cron struck out. Kepler doubled to right. M.Gonzalez flied out to center fielder Conforto. Sanó singled to left, Kepler scored. Arraez singled to right, Sanó to second. Garver lined out to third baseman Frazier.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Conforto popped out to third baseman Sanó. Rosario homered to left on a 0-1 count. Hechavarría singled to left. McNeil grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Polanco to second baseman Arraez, Hechavarría out. Davis struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Twins third. Polanco grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Cruz homered to left on a 1-0 count. E.Rosario grounded out, second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso. Cron struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Alonso safe at first on throwing error by third baseman Sanó. Ramos doubled to right, Alonso to third. Canó was hit by a pitch. Frazier grounded into a double play, second baseman Arraez to first baseman Cron, Alonso scored, Ramos to third, Canó out. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Twins fourth. Kepler fouled out to catcher Ramos. M.Gonzalez flied out to right fielder McNeil. Sanó struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Rosario walked on a full count. Hechavarría bunted into fielder's choice, first baseman Cron to shortstop Polanco, Rosario out. McNeil grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Arraez to shortstop Polanco, Hechavarría out. Davis singled to center, McNeil to second. Alonso grounded out, shortstop Polanco to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Twins fifth. Arraez grounded out, second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso. Garver homered to center on the first pitch. Polanco struck out. Cruz flied out to center fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Polanco to first baseman Cron. Canó grounded out, second baseman Arraez to first baseman Cron. Frazier doubled to left. Conforto fouled out to catcher Garver.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Twins sixth. E.Rosario grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher J.Vargas. Cron fouled out to first baseman Alonso. Kepler fouled out to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. May pitching. Rosario singled to right. Hechavarría hit a ground-rule double to center, Rosario to third. McNeil popped out to shortstop Polanco. Smith pinch-hitting for Davis. Smith homered to right on a 0-2 count, Rosario scored, Hechavarría scored. Alonso struck out. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Sanó to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 7:
        Twins seventh. Smith in as left fielder. Familia pitching. M.Gonzalez hit an infield single to shortstop. Sanó struck out. Arraez grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, M.Gonzalez out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Magill pitching. Canó walked on a full count. Frazier struck out. Conforto struck out. Rosario singled to center, Canó to second. Hechavarría safe at second on fielding error by left fielder E.Rosario, Canó scored, Rosario scored. McNeil doubled to right, Hechavarría scored. Smith singled to center, McNeil scored. Alonso homered to left on a 2-1 count, Smith scored. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Polanco to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 6, Hits: 4

        Bottom of 8:
        Twins eighth. Lagares in as center fielder. Conforto in as right fielder. Mazza pitching. Garver singled to right. Polanco doubled to left, Garver to third. Cruz struck out. E.Rosario grounded out, second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, Garver scored, Polanco to third. Cron grounded out, pitcher Mazza to second baseman Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Cave in as center fielder. Adrianza pitching. Canó flied out to right fielder M.Gonzalez. Frazier singled to right. Conforto singled to right, Frazier to third. Rosario tripled to center, Frazier scored, Conforto scored. Hechavarría doubled to left, Rosario scored. Lagares doubled to left, Hechavarría to third. Smith struck out. Alonso grounded out, third baseman Sanó to first baseman Cron.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 5

        Bottom of 9:
        Twins ninth. Cave walked on a full count. M.Gonzalez flied out to left fielder Smith. Sanó struck out. Arraez lined out to left fielder Smith.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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        • #5


          Mets Bash Way to 4th Straight Win, 14-4 Over Twins


          by DAVE CAMPBELL

          Minneapolis - Dominic Smith put the New York Mets in front with his pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso added a 474-foot shot halfway up the third deck in a 14-4 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday that gave the Twins their first three-game losing streak this season.

          Amed Rosario went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Mets, who overcame three one-run deficits, set a 2019 high for runs and matched a season best with their fourth consecutive victory. All of the wins have been on the road for New York, which at 21-32 still has the worst record away from home in the NL.

          Though the Mets already had blown open the game against the Twins bullpen by that point, the eighth-inning drive to left by Alonso was the most remarkable of the humid afternoon, longer than any of the 57 he hit in the derby at Cleveland last week. It also was the first post-derby long ball by the rookie slugger.

          Alonso emerged from the break in a 1-for-17 slide until his 31st homer, off Matt Magill. That was also his 54th extra-base hit of the season, setting a Mets rookie record.

          The Twins took a five-game lead on Cleveland into the afternoon, their smallest advantage in the AL Central standings since May 19, and they turned in another sloppy performance. Left fielder Eddie Rosario dropped a routine fly ball at the warning track for a two-base, two-out, two-run error in the six-run eighth, giving the Twins six errors and 11 unearned runs in five games since the All-Star break. Seven of New York's runs were unearned.

          Reliever Trevor May (3-3) surrendered the homer on a 0-2 pitch to Smith, who was 0 for 16 with 11 strikeouts this season with an 0-2 count until that swing. May also gave up the go-ahead home run on Sunday in a 4-3 loss to the Indians.

          Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver, who gave the Twins a 3-2 lead with his 15th homer in the fifth, went deep for the Twins. The game got so out of hand that utility infielder Ehire Adrianza pitched the ninth, as the Mets improved to 5-0 at Target Field, where they won three games in 2013.

          SWITCHING SIDES

          The fan in left field who caught Cruz's homer was wearing a Mets cap. When the TV camera captured him later , he was wearing a Twins cap.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: After being designated for assignment last week, RHP Wilmer Font was traded to Toronto for cash. Font was acquired in May in a deal with Tampa Bay.

          Twins: 2B Jonathan Schoop was diagnosed with a mild abdominal muscle strain, after hurting himself during a swing in the eighth inning on Tuesday night. He was held out of the lineup.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 4.55 ERA) pitches on Thursday night in San Francisco to start a four-game series against the Giants, who send LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-7, 3.86 ERA) to the mound.

          Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (8-4, 4.03 ERA) starts on Thursday night against Oakland in the opener of a four-game series. RHP Mike Fiers (9-3, 3.61 ERA) takes the mound for the Athletics.

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