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  • Indians @ Mets: 08/22 7:10 PM ET; SNY, ST, ESPN; WCBS, ESPN, WTAM



    GAME 127, HOME GAME 58

    Thursday, 22nd August,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    INDIANS -- STANDINGS



    METS -- STANDINGS



    INDIANS -- LEADERS -- METS



    INDIANS -- BATTING -- METS



    INDIANS -- PITCHING -- METS



    INDIANS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    INDIANS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Tale of 2 Bullpens as Mets, Indians Conclude Series



    The New York Mets have climbed back into playoff contention thanks to a much-improved bullpen. The Cleveland Indians are going to need a similar transformation by closer Brad Hand if they are going to hang on to a postseason spot.

    The surging Mets will look to complete a three-game sweep of its interleague series with visiting Indians on Thursday night, sending Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.86 ERA) to the mound to face rookie Aaron Civale (1-2, 1.50) in a battle of right-handers.

    The Mets won their fourth straight game Wednesday, when J.D. Davis' RBI single to left capped a two-run 10th-inning comeback and lifted New York to a 4-3 victory.

    While Davis' at-bat against Hand garnered the immediate notice -- Davis fell behind 0-2 but worked the count full and fouled off three consecutive pitches before delivering the game-winning hit -- the Mets likely wouldn't have been in position to win without a quintet of relievers who combined to allow two runs over six innings after starter Marcus Stroman exited with a left hamstring injury.

    Mets relievers entered Wednesday with the fourth-highest ERA (5.18) in baseball. But the bullpen has a 3.88 ERA in the second half, during which New York has gone a baseball-best 26-10 to jump from next-to-last in the National League to 1 1/2 out in the race for the second wild-card spot.

    "That was the missing piece of the puzzle from the beginning," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters of his bullpen. "Early in the season, we were doing the same things late in the game that we're doing now. Just our bullpen was struggling. And we knew, hey, if we get our bullpen straightened out, we're going to win a lot of games because we would have won a lot of games in the first half had that been the case."

    Hand has spent most of the season as a key contributor to an Indians bullpen that entered Wednesday with the best ERA (3.47) in the American League. But the left-hander, who made the All-Star Game for the third straight time this year, has struggled mightily over his last 13 games, posting a 6.39 ERA and blowing four of his nine save chances, including his last three.

    Manager Terry Francona indicated Wednesday he's not ready to move away from Hand -- who opened the season by converting 27 of his first 28 save opportunities -- as the Indians vie for their fourth straight playoff berth. Cleveland occupies the first wild-card spot in the American League and is three games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.

    "We can't run from Brad," Francona said. "To get where we want to go, we've got to get him hot."

    Both Syndergaard and Civale took the defeat in their most recent starts last Friday. Syndergaard gave up two runs over six innings as the Mets fell to the Kansas City Royals 4-1. Civale, making his fourth big-league start, allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings as the Indians were edged by the New York Yankees 3-2.

    Syndergaard has never faced the Indians and Civale has never opposed the Mets.

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        Top of 1:
        Indians first. Lindor struck out. Allen struck out. Santana fouled out to third baseman Frazier.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario struck out. Panik grounded out, shortstop Lindor to first baseman Santana. Alonso was hit by a pitch. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Santana unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Indians second. Puig popped out to second baseman Panik. J.Ramírez lined out to left fielder Davis. Kipnis popped out to second baseman Panik.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Ramos grounded out, third baseman J.Ramírez to first baseman Santana. Davis grounded out, second baseman Kipnis to first baseman Santana. Frazier grounded out, second baseman Kipnis to first baseman Santana.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Indians third. Plawecki grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Naquin grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Civale grounded out, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Lagares flied out to center fielder Allen. Syndergaard flied out to center fielder Allen. Rosario flied out to center fielder Allen.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Indians fourth. Lindor grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso. Allen flied out to left fielder Davis. Santana flied out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Panik singled to right. Alonso flied out to center fielder Allen. Conforto hit a ground-rule double to left, Panik to third. Ramos doubled to right, Panik scored, Conforto scored. Davis flied out to left fielder Naquin. Frazier grounded out, second baseman Kipnis to first baseman Santana.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Top of 5:
        Indians fifth. Puig flied out to center fielder Lagares. J.Ramírez grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Kipnis struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Kipnis to first baseman Santana. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario flied out to left fielder Naquin.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Indians sixth. Plawecki struck out. Naquin singled to center. Civale struck out. Lindor singled to left, Naquin to second. Allen grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Syndergaard.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Panik struck out. Alonso popped out to shortstop Lindor. Conforto singled to right. Clippard pitching. Conforto stole second. Ramos lined out to left fielder Naquin.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Indians seventh. Familia pitching. Santana flied out to left fielder Davis. Puig grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. J.Ramírez walked. Kipnis grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Davis grounded out, shortstop Lindor to first baseman Santana. Frazier safe at second on throwing error by pitcher Clippard. On right fielder Puig's throwing error, Frazier to third. Lagares flied out to left fielder Naquin. Frazier was out advancing, left fielder Naquin to catcher Plawecki, Frazier out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Indians eighth. Sewald pitching. Plawecki flied out to right fielder Conforto. Naquin struck out. Freeman pinch-hitting for Clippard. Freeman struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Wood pitching. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Sewald. Guillorme walked on four pitches. Rosario singled to right, Guillorme to third.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1



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          Syndergaard, Mets Sweep Indians 2-0 for 5th Win in Row


          by LARRY FLEISHER

          -- The only thing that stopped Noah Syndergaard was the weather.

          Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win.

          "You see him good a lot, but tonight was really good," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

          The game was called with New York batting in the eighth inning after a second rain delay.

          The Mets completed a three-game sweep. They've won 13 of their last 14 home games, helping them get into the NL wild-card mix.

          Cleveland's first visit to Citi Field was a flop and its seven-game trip through New York that began at Yankee Stadium ended with a 2-5 record. The Indians also lost for the seventh time in nine games overall and dropped 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central.

          "Of course, it was disappointing," Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "I think we all wanted to do at least a little bit better than that. I think we had higher hopes for that."

          Syndergaard (9-6) did not allow anyone to reach until Tyler Naquin lined a 1-2 changeup to center field for a clean single with one out in the sixth. He gave up a second hit to Francisco Lindor two batters later but aided by first baseman Pete Alonso's diving stop, Syndergaard ended the inning by retiring Greg Allen.

          "He's got really good stuff," Naquin said. "It's just a guy like that, you've got to pick your spots."

          According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the Mets' longest perfect game bid since Matt Harvey also retired the first 16 hitters against Washington on July 31, 2015 - three days after Syndergaard completed six perfect innings against San Diego.

          "You think about that," Callaway said of the possible no-hit bid. "You don't say it, but you're definitely thinking about where the pitch count was and how he was going and the fact that his changeup was so good and it's such an effective weapon against their lineup."

          It briefly rained as the Indians batted in the sixth. Heavy rain and wind started as Wilson Ramos batted with a runner on first and two outs in the bottom half with an 0-1 count.

          Play was halted for 2 hours, 28 minutes and when the game resumed most of the fans who stayed moved down. As the Mets started batting in the eighth, heavy rain returned, and play was halted with runners at first and third.

          After a delay of 36 minutes, the game was called.

          Ramos had a two-run double in the fourth that extended his hitting streak to 16 games, New York's longest since Carlos Beltran also hit in 16 straight games in 2009.

          Before Naquin singled, the closest the Indians came to their first hit was in the fourth.

          Allen hit a long flyball that appeared it would bounce in front of the warning track, but left fielder J.D. Davis raced back, ran the ball down and made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out.

          "Just a crazy catch," Davis said. "I don't know how to describe it."

          The Mets were held without a hit until getting three in the fourth off Cleveland rookie Aaron Civale (1-3). Joe Panik opened the inning with a single, Michael Conforto followed with a ground-rule double and Ramos lined a double down the right-field line.

          Jeurys Familia and Paul Sewald pitched an inning apiece. Sewald was credited with his third career save.

          Civale allowed two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (leukemia) pitched 1 2/3 innings in a rehab game for Double-A Akron.

          Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (left hamstring tightness) said he expects to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Cubs. ... INF/OF Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse.... 2B Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring) did some running and played light catch in the outfield. ... IF Jed Lowrie (sprained left knee) went 1 for 4 as the DH in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie. ... INF Ruben Tejada was designated for assignment and RHP Chris Flexen was recalled from Syracuse.

          UP NEXT

          Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-4, 3.53) opens a three-game series at home against Kansas City on Friday night.

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61) starts a three-game series at home against Atlanta.

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