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SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0 Game story (Credit: AP )

SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0
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Recap: With nothing left to play for, Met fans came to Citi Field to see Jose Reyes extend his NL-leading batting average over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. After a bunt single in his first at-bat, manager Terry Collins removed Reyes from the game. The modest crowd at Citi Field booed the move on what could be Reyes' last game as a Met (he's a free agent). Reyes ends the 2011 season with a .337 average as the Mets defeated the Reds, 3-0.
Key stat: Mets starter Miguel Batista pitched a complete game shutout.
2011 record: 77-85
2010 record: 79-83

2011 Mets Season Tracker

Breaking down each game with mini-recaps, key stats, and record.

SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0 Game story
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SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0
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Recap: With nothing left to play for, Met fans came to Citi Field to see Jose Reyes extend his NL-leading batting average over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. After a bunt single in his first at-bat, manager Terry Collins removed Reyes from the game. The modest crowd at Citi Field booed the move on what could be Reyes' last game as a Met (he's a free agent). Reyes ends the 2011 season with a .337 average as the Mets defeated the Reds, 3-0.
Key stat: Mets starter Miguel Batista pitched a complete game shutout.
2011 record: 77-85
2010 record: 79-83

SEPT. 27: REDS 5, METS 4 (13) Game
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SEPT. 27: REDS 5, METS 4 (13)
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Recap: Jose Reyes went 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs as the Mets lost to the Reds, 5-4, in 13 innings. Reyes goes into the final day of the season with a one-point lead in the NL batting race. Reyes is batting .336. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who went 1-for-2 with two walks against the Pirates, is batting .335.
Key stat: If Reyes can win the batting title it would be the franchise's first.
2011 record: 76-85
2010 record: 79-82

SEPT. 26: REDS 6, METS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 26: REDS 6, METS 5
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Recap: The Mets showed some fight against the Reds, scoring three runs in the third and taking a one-run lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes, before losing, 6-5. The shortstop, who entered the game second in the NL batting race behind Ryan Braun, pulled ahead of the Brewers' leftfielder after going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, upping his average to .334.
Key stat: Reyes has 38th stolen bases on the year.
2011 record: 76-84
2010 record: 78-82

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SEPT. 25: PHILLIES 9, METS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 25: PHILLIES 9, METS 4
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey was awful in his final start as the Phillies hammered him for nine hits and five runs in three innings. Hunter Pence took Pelfrey deep onto the Mets’ bullpen roof for a two-run homer in the first inning, and every one of the Phillies’ starters — including pitcher Roy Halladay — had at least one hit off him. The Phillies ended the game with 19 hits off Mets' pitching in their 9-4 victory at Citi Field.
Key stat: Pelfrey has lost his last four decisions. His last win came on Aug. 24 at Philadelphia.
2011 record: 76-83
2010 record: 77-82

SEPT. 24: METS 6, PHILLIES 3 (GAME 2)
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SEPT. 24: METS 6, PHILLIES 3 (GAME 2)
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Recap: Dillon Gee pitched the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies. Gee went six innings allowing three runs, settling down after a rocky start. The Mets offense came alive in the third inning, down 3-0, to plate five runs and take the lead for good. Nick Evans, Josh Thole and Ruben Tejada all had RBIs in a Mets lineup that included Willie Harris hitting third.
Key stat: The Phillies used a combined 22 players in the game.
2011 record: 76-82
2010 record: 77-81

SEPT. 24: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (GAME 1)
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SEPT. 24: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (GAME 1)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey flirted with a no-hitter in the Mets' win over Philadelphia. Shane Victorino had the Phillies' first hit with one out in the seventh to break up the no-no, and Ryan Howard would eventually drive him in to take a 1-0 lead. New York would bounce back, though, led by Valentino Pascucci's first home run of the season in the seventh, and then a David Wright RBI double in the eighth. Dickey, who didn't factor in the decision, saw his ERA shrink to 3.28. Bobby Parnell got the win, improving to 4-6 on the year.
Key stat: Pascucci's last home run came in 2004 as a member of the Montreal Expos.
2011 record: 75-82
2010 record: 77-80

SEPT. 22: METS 8, CARDINALS 6 Game story
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SEPT. 22: METS 8, CARDINALS 6
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Recap: The Mets dealt St. Louis a devastating blow to their playoff hopes, rallying for six runs in the ninth for a comeback win. New York trailed 6-1 heading into the top of the eighth, and then 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth, before the Cardinals' bullpen collapsed. Justin Turner, Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and Willie Harris all drove in runs in the frame, Harris' two-run single proving to be the difference.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell picked up his first save since September 4th.
2011 record: 74-82
2010 record: 77-79

SEPT. 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 5
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Recap: For the second consecutive night, it was the Mets' bullpen that betrayed them in a loss to the Cardinals. Leading 5-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Miguel Batista, Daniel Herrera and Pedro Beato all proved to be ineffective, the latter serving up a three-run home run to David Freese. The homer scored both of Beato's inherited runners, and wound up being enough for St. Louis to hold on for the win.
Key stat: The loss was the Mets' 82nd, clinching the team's third straight losing season.
2011 record: 73-82
2010 record: 76-79

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SEPT. 20: CARDINALS 11, METS 6 Game story
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SEPT. 20: CARDINALS 11, METS 6
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Recap: The Mets bullpen imploded in a loss to the NL Central contending Cardinals. Up 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Josh Stinson came in and loaded the bases. Terry Collins proceeded to pull him for Tim Byrdak, who allowed all three baserunners to score. After allowing another baserunner, he was yanked in favor of D.J. Carrasco, who let both baserunners score, in addition to one other Cardinal. In all, St. Louis scored six runs in the inning, more than enough for the win.
Key stat: Willie Harris, who has one home run on the season, batted fifth for the Mets.
2011 record: 73-81
2010 record: 75-79

SEPT. 18: METS 7, BRAVES 5 Game story
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SEPT. 18: METS 7, BRAVES 5
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Recap: Dillon Gee allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings with five walks and four strikeouts against the Braves. Those are hardly the numbers the Mets were used to in the first half of the season. Luckily for Gee the offense bailed him out. Down 5-4 in the eighth inning, the Mets tied the score on Ronny Paulino's bases-loaded walk before Ruben Tejada delivered the winning run with a bloop single to rightfield off Johnny Venters. Lucas Duda added an insurance run in the ninth with a long home run, his 10th of the season.
Key stat: Gee began this season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA through his first 13 starts, but is only 5-6 since then with a 5.68 ERA.
2011 record: 73-80
2010 record: 74-79

SEPT. 17: BRAVES 1, METS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 17: BRAVES 1, METS 0
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Recap: A night after they jumped on Atlanta starter Derek Lowe, the Mets were baffled by Tim Hudson, getting shutout for eight innings in a loss to the Braves. Hudson scattered four hits and struck out 10, improving to 15-10 on the season. R.A. Dickey nearly matched him, pitching a shutout through seven, but in the eighth, Chipper Jones hit an RBI single that scored Jason Heyward. It was the only run Dickey and the Mets wold give up, but it was enough for the win.
Key stat: Dickey has allowed 10 earned runs or less in his last 10 starts.
2011 record: 72-80
2010 record: 74-78

SEPT. 16: METS 12, BRAVES 2 Game story
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SEPT. 16: METS 12, BRAVES 2
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Recap: The Mets topsy-turvy season continued against Atlanta, as New York rebounded from a four-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals to beat up on a National League pennant contender. Derek Lowe and the Braves' bullpen was hammered to the tune of 12 runs and 20 hits, led by David Wright's two home runs. Josh Thole added three RBIs, all benefitting Chris Capuano, who went five innings to pick up his 11th win.
Key stat:The win was the Mets' 41st on the road this season, clinching a winning record away from Citi Field.
2011 record: 72-79
2010 record: 74-77

SEPT. 15: NATIONALS 10, METS 1 Game story
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SEPT. 15: NATIONALS 10, METS 1
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Recap: The Nationals turned a tight game into a blowout, scoring seven runs in the final two innings to complete a four-game sweep of the Mets. Chris Schwinden pitched well in his second start, allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings. Both Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta were ineffective, though, combining to allow eight hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Ian Desmond was the offensive star for the Nats, finishing 5-for-6.
Key stat: New York finished the series 5-for-37 with runners in scoring position, including 1-for-22 in the final two losses.
2011 record: 71-79
2010 record: 74-76

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SEPT. 14: NATIONALS 2, METS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 14: NATIONALS 2, METS 0
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Recap: Shortly after the Braves officially eliminated the Mets from the playoffs, New York was embarrassed at home by the Nationals, getting held scoreless by four pitchers in a loss. The Mets managed four hits, including just one in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position. Mike Pelfrey pitched seven innings and allowed two runs -- both unearned -- but fell to 7-12 with the loss. Brad Peacock got the win in his second appearance of the season.
Key stat: Pelfrey has one win since August 1.
2011 record: 71-78
2010 record: 74-75

SEPT. 13: NATIONALS 3, METS 2 Game story
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SEPT. 13: NATIONALS 3, METS 2
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Recap: In front of people dressed as Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters -- in support of Stand Up To Cancer -- the Mets lineup was ineffective with runners on base in a loss to the Nationals. Despite pounding out 11 hits, including eight combined by Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda, New York only pushed across two runs. Dillon Gee started for the Mets but didn't figure in the decision, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Key stat: The Mets and Nationals combined to leave 19 runners on base.
2011 record: 71-77
2010 record: 74-74

SEPT. 12: NATIONALS 3, METS 2 Game story
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SEPT. 12: NATIONALS 3, METS 2
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Recap: R.A. Dickey allowed three runs in seven innings, but was the hard-luck loser as the Nationals beat the Mets, 3-2. Nationals rookie Stephen Lombardozzi singled through the left side of the infield to drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh. One of the runs Dickey gave up was unearned thanks to a David Wright error in the fifth inning. The Mets' offense was anemic only providing three hits in the loss.
Key stat: Lombardozzi's RBI single was the first hit of his major-league career.
2011 record: 71-76
2010 record: 74-73

SEPT. 11: CUBS 10, METS 6 (11) Game
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SEPT. 11: CUBS 10, METS 6 (11)
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Recap: Former Mets converged on Citi Field for an emotional 9/11 10th anniversary remembrance ceremony. John Franco threw the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza to start the evening. The action wouldn't end until much later, as the Cubs and Mets went to 11 innings. Knotted at four apiece heading into the final inning, the New York bullpen imploded, allowing six runs to Chicago, capped off by a Geovany Soto sacrifice fly.
Key stat: The Mets used nine pitchers in the game, including three in the 11th.
2011 record: 71-75
2010 record: 73-73

SEPT. 10: CUBS 5, METS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 10: CUBS 5, METS 4
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Recap: Bobby Parnell's rocky transition to closer hit another speed bump, this time a two-run Aramis Ramirez single that cost the Mets the game. Parnell entered the game in the ninth with the Mets up 4-3. After allowing the first two baserunners to get on -- one via error, one via hit -- Parnell retired the next two Cubbies. Then, Ramirez belted a single to opposite field, scoring what would wind up being the game-winning run. Offensively, Jason Bay kept up his hot hitting for the Mets, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Key stat: Kerry Wood and Parnell -- who both blew saves in the game -- have a combined 11 blown saves on the year; six for Wood, five for Parnell.
2011 record: 71-74
2010 record: 72-73

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SEPT. 9: METS 5, CUBS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 9: METS 5, CUBS 4
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Recap: Justin Turner bailed out Manny Acosta with a walk-off double in the ninth to lift the Mets. Acosta blew the save in the ninth, allowing a Darwin Barney single that scored Luis Montanez, tying the game at four. Acosta would walk away with the win, improving to 3-1. Mike Pelfrey got the start for the Mets and pitched well, allowing three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.66.
Key stat: Josh Stinson, who recorded two outs without allowing a run, hasn't allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings since being called up.
2011 record: 71-73
2010 record: 71-73

SEPT. 8: BRAVES 5, METS 1 (GAME 2)
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SEPT. 8: BRAVES 5, METS 1 (GAME 2)
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Recap: Atlanta finished off the double-dip sweep, taking advantage of Mets miscues in the field and handing Dillon Gee the loss. Julio Teheren kept the Mets in check over 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run, and the Braves bullpen held New York to two hits over 3 2/3 to hold on for the win. Josh Thole was the only Met to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
Key stat: Gee is 5-6 since starting the season 7-0.
2011 record: 70-73
2010 record: 70-73

SEPT. 8: BRAVES 6, METS 5 (GAME 1)
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SEPT. 8: BRAVES 6, METS 5 (GAME 1)
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Recap: The Braves rudely welcomed rookie Chris Schwinden to the major leagues, scoring three runs off him in the first and two in the third, handing the rookie a loss in his debut. The Mets kept it close, highlighted by Jason Bay's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. But Atlanta didn't look back after taking the lead in the third, adding an insurance run in the eighth that proved to be vital.
Key stat: Bay's homer was his third in the last six games.
2011 record: 70-72
2010 record: 70-72

SEPT. 7: METS 1, MARLINS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 7: METS 1, MARLINS 0
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Recap: Jose Reyes led off the game with a single, Lucas Duda drove him home with a one-out RBI double, and R.A. Dickey did the rest as the Mets won their final game at Sun Life Stadium in a pitcher's duel. Dickey was on his game, as the knuckleballer scattered four hits and struck out three over seven shutout innings. The win improved him to 8-11 on the season, and his ERA lowered to 3.47. Reyes finished 1-for-2, raising his NL-leading batting average to .335.
Key stat: Dickey finished with his ninth consecutive quality start.
2011 record: 70-71
2010 record: 69-72

SEPT. 6: METS 7, MARLINS 4 (12) Game
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SEPT. 6: METS 7, MARLINS 4 (12)
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Recap: Nick Evans tied a team record with three go-ahead RBIs, leading a quartet of Mets with three hits in an extra inning win over Florida. Evans drove in runs in the fifth, eighth and 12th - all that put the Mets in the lead - and finished the game 3-for-6. Jose Reyes, Justin Turner and Angel Pagan all added three hits apiece. Ryota Igarashi got the win in relief, and Josh Stinson picked up the save.
Key stat: Reyes extended his hitting streak to eight games.
2011 record: 69-71
2010 record: 69-71

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SEPT. 5: MARLINS 9, METS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 5: MARLINS 9, METS 3
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Recap: Chris Capuano's inconsistency continued, as the southpaw was chased after four innings in a loss to the Marlins. Florida torched Capuano, touching him up for six runs and eight hits in four innings. On the opposing mound, Javier Vazquez dominated the Mets for his second start in a row, striking out seven and allowing one run over seven innings. Jason Bay managed a two-run home run in the ninth in the loss.
Key stat: Vazquez has allowed one run in 14 innings in his last two starts against the Mets.
2011 record: 68-71
2010 record: 68-71

SEPT. 4: METS 6, NATIONALS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 4: METS 6, NATIONALS 3
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Recap: New York made it eight out of 10, taking the three game series against Washington. Mike Pelfrey struggled, failing to get out of the fifth inning, but the Mets' bullpen was lights out, holding the Nationals scoreless over the final 4 1/3 innings. Offensively, the Mets - with a lineup that featured Joshua Satin and Mike Nickeas batting seventh and eighth, respectively - did most of their damage in a four-run sixth inning. Lucas Duda homered in the win.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell, who picked up the save, has allowed at least one baserunner in all five of his saves this season.
2011 record: 68-70
2010 record: 67-71

SEPT. 3: NATIONALS 8, METS 7 Game story
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SEPT. 3: NATIONALS 8, METS 7
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Recap: The Mets' offense bailed out Dillon Gee early, digging out of a 5-0 hole to take a 7-6 lead into the ninth inning. But Bobby Parnell, looking to lock down the save, gave up a bases-loaded broken bat single to Ryan Zimmerman that drove in two runs, giving the Nationals a walk-off victory. The blown save was Parnell's third of the season, and his record dropped to 3-5.
Key stat: Jason Bay broke a franchise-record 0-for-35 road slump with a home run.
2011 record: 67-70
2010 record: 67-70

SEPT. 2: METS 7, NATIONALS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 2: METS 7, NATIONALS 3
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Recap: David Wright's three-run bomb in the first kicked off a powerful day for the Mets' offense in an easy win over Washington. Nick Evans and Lucas Duda would also hit homers, bringing the team's total to three, easily enough offense for R.A. Dickey. Dickey, who was pitching on three days rest, registered his eighth straight quality start, and improved to 7-11 on the season.
Key stat: The win was the Mets' seventh in the team's last eight games.
2011 record: 67-69
2010 record: 66-70

SEPT. 1: METS 7, MARLINS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 1: METS 7, MARLINS 5
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Recap: Miguel Batista reached a personal milestone in his first game with the team, and the Mets capitalized on three Marlins errors to take three of four from Florida. Batista allowed two runs over six innings, earning the 100th win of his career. The Mets offense backed him by chasing opposing pitcher Clay Hensley after two innings, scoring four runs - two earned - in the third inning. D.J. Carrasco nearly blew the game, giving up three runs in the ninth, but Bobby Parnell came in to shut the door and record the save.
Key stat: The Mets are Batista's 10th different MLB team.
2011 record: 66-69
2010 record: 66-69

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AUG. 31: METS 3, MARLINS 2 Game story
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AUG. 31: METS 3, MARLINS 2
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Recap: Chris Capuano bounced back from a rough first to go five effective innings, and Lucas Duda's RBI single helped cap off a three-run comeback for the Mets in a win against Florida. The Marlins scored a pair of runs on a Jose Lopez single in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. The Mets would then slowly chip away, scoring one run in both the fourth and sixth innings. Duda's single in the seventh, which drove in Jose Reyes, would give the Mets the lead, and the bullpen held on for the win.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell picked up his third save in his last four appearances.
2011 record: 65-69
2010 record: 66-68

AUG. 30: MARLINS 6, METS 0 Game story
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AUG. 30: MARLINS 6, METS 0
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Recap: Javier Vazquez was on his game, and the Mets pitching staff couldn't silence the Marlins' bats in a shutout loss at Citi Field. Vazquez, who has been streaky in 2011, was hot, going seven shutout innings against the Mets lineup. The former Yankee struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits. Mike Pelfrey started for New York, and got the loss, giving up four runs over six innings. Pelfrey fell to 7-11 with the loss.
Key stat: The Mets' four-through-seven batters combined to go 0-for-16.
2011 record: 64-69
2010 record: 65-68

AUG. 29: METS 5, MARLINS 1 (GAME 2)
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AUG. 29: METS 5, MARLINS 1 (GAME 2)
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Recap: The fans welcomed back Jose Reyes during game two of the doubleheader with "Jo-se, Jo-se, Jo-se" chants. Ignited by the fans, Reyes was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Mets swept the doubleheader from the Marlins. Dillon Gee gave up six hits and one run in six innings of work before the bullpen only allowed one hit over the next three innings. With the win, Gee became the first Mets rookie to win 12 games since Ron Darling in 1984. David Wright was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Key stat: Mets starters had tossed 25 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs in the sixth inning.
2011 record: 64-68
2010 record: 65-67

AUG. 29: METS 2, MARLINS 1 (GAME 1)
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AUG. 29: METS 2, MARLINS 1 (GAME 1)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey earned his first win since July 25 in the first game of the Mets' doubleheader against the Marlins. The Mets took an early lead off Justin Turner's RBI single in the second and Josh Thole's RBI groundout in the third. Dickey would take care of the rest allowing seven hits in seven innings. Jason Isringhausen struck out the side in the eighth and Bobby Parnell got the save despite allowing Gaby Sanchez's homer.
Key stat: During Dickey's five-start winless streak (July 30-Aug. 21), he had a 2.93 ERA. The Mets had averaged 2.6 runs in those five games.
2011 record: 63-68
2010 record: 65-66

AUG. 26: METS 6, PHILLIES 0 Game story
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AUG. 26: METS 6, PHILLIES 0
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Recap: Chris Capuano pitched one of the best games in the MLB this season, leading the Mets to their second straight win over a division rival. Capuano pitched a complete game two hitter, walking none and striking out 13, cruising to his 10th win of the season. Offensively, the Mets got contributions from throughout the lineup, with four players finishing with multi-hit games and four players finishing with RBIs.
Key stat:Capuano hadn't pitched into the ninth inning coming into the start. His previous long outing was 7 2/3 innings against the Marlins on July 18.
2011 record: 62-68
2010 record: 65-65

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AUG. 24: METS 7, PHILLIES 4 Game story
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AUG. 24: METS 7, PHILLIES 4
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Recap: Nick Evans stayed red hot at the plate as the Mets avoided a sweep by taking the final game of a three-game set against Philadelphia. Evans, 5-for-6 with a home run, triple, two doubles and a single in his last six at bats overall, had a three-run homer in the first and then an RBI double in the fifth for the Mets. David Wright also homered, his 11th of the season. Mike Pelfrey picked up the win for New York, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings to improve to 7-10. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save.
Key stat: Citizens Bank Park had given Pelfrey the most trouble of any stadium of the league; entering the game, he had a 9.38 ERA at the park.
2011 record: 61-68
2010 record: 64-65

AUG. 23: PHILLIES 9, METS 4 Game story
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AUG. 23: PHILLIES 9, METS 4
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Recap: Jonathon Niese was bumped just four innings into his start, Vance Worley stayed hot for the Phillies, and the Mets' reeling continued. Niese surrendered eight runs in his four innings, raising his ERA to 4.40. He also strained his rib cage in the outing, and is likely headed for a stint on the disabled list. The Mets couldn't figure out Worley, who improved to 9-1 with seven innings of one-run ball. Lucas Duda did manage to go deep, his seventh homer of the year, but it was too little too late.
Key stat: Niese gave up 10 hits for the third time in his last four outings.
2011 record: 60-68
2010 record: 64-64

AUG. 22: PHILLIES 10, METS 0 Game story
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AUG. 22: PHILLIES 10, METS 0
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Recap: If things weren't bad enough for the Mets, losers of three straight, they had to face their NL East rivals. The matchup of Dillon Gee and Cliff Lee had the potential to be a pitchers duel. The Phillies abused Gee, who allowed seven hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings as his ERA jumped from 3.92 to 4.37. He also allowed six walks and served up home runs to John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence. Lee was brilliant in seven innings of working allowing three hits and striking out seven.
Key stat: It was the Mets 16th loss in their last 21 games.
2011 record: 60-67
2010 record: 63-64

AUG. 21: BREWERS 6, METS 2 Game story
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AUG. 21: BREWERS 6, METS 2
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Recap: It was the same old story for the Mets' bullpen: the Brewers scored four runs in the final two innings off a quartet of Mets relievers to take a 6-2 victory. Manny Acosta started the eighth inning by walking Nyjer Morgan and allowing a single to Ryan Braun. Lefthander Tim Byrdak then got Prince Fielder to ground a potential double-play ball to second baseman Justin Turner, but Ruben Tejada dropped the ball. Milwaukee extended its lead to 4-2 on Jerry Hairston Jr.'s two-out RBI single off Jason Isringhausen and scored two more runs in the ninth inning against Isringhausen and Pedro Beato.
Key stat: The Mets have lost nine of their last 11.
2011 record: 60-66
2010 record: 63-63

AUG. 20: BREWERS 11, METS 9 Game story
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AUG. 20: BREWERS 11, METS 9
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Recap: Angel Pagan's home run had finally injected some excitement into the slumping Mets, giving New York the lead in the eighth inning against former closer Francisco Rodriguez. A half inning later, though, that momentum was gone, as Jason Isringhausen failed to record an out, and Manny Acosta blew the save in another New York loss. Pagan's home run had given the Mets a 9-7 lead after trailing 7-1 earlier, but the Brewers came back to score four in the final frame to finish off the win.
Key stat: Isringhausen started off each of the four batters he faced with a ball.
2011 record: 60-65
2010 record: 63-62

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AUG. 19: BREWERS 6, METS 1 Game story
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AUG. 19: BREWERS 6, METS 1
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Recap: The Brewers bats came out hot after a nearly three hour rain delay at Citi Field, chasing Mike Pelfrey after five innings in a win over New York. Francisco Rodriguez didn't get a chance to make an appearance in his first trip back to Queens since being traded to Milwaukee, with the game well in hand by the ninth inning. Shaun Marcum picked up the win, allowing one run over seven innings for the Brewers.
Key stat: The Mets two-through-five hitters combined to go 0-for-14.
2011 record: 60-64
2010 record: 62-62

AUG. 17: METS 7, PADRES 3 Game story
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AUG. 17: METS 7, PADRES 3
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Recap: After a bumpy first inning, Dillon Gee settled down and allowed five hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings. David Wright smacked a three-run homer in the third inning and then flashed some defense with a diving stop in the fourth inning with a runner on second and two outs. Ryota Igarashi gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but eventually stopped the bleeding and secured the win for the Mets.
Key stat: Gee is the first Mets starter since Mike Pelfrey on July 5 to allow fewer than two runs in a game.
2011 record: 60-63
2010 record: 62-61

AUG. 16: PADRES 6, METS 1 Game story
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AUG. 16: PADRES 6, METS 1
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Recap: Jonathon Niese pitched six innings, but allowed a season-high 10 hits for the second time in three starts. The Padres scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Hudson and Hundley, who also tripled and scored in the fourth. Mike Pelfrey made a relief appearance eighth inning and allowed a leadoff triple to Nick Hundley and RBI single by Alberto Gonzalez. More importantly, his elbow felt good after he was hit with a line drive a few days earlier. The Mets had four total hits in the loss.
Key stat: Ruben Tejada’s RBI double in the fourth extended the Mets’ streak to 14 consecutive games with at least one double.
2011 record: 59-63
2010 record: 61-61

AUG. 15: METS 5, PADRES 4 (10) Game
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AUG. 15: METS 5, PADRES 4 (10)
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Recap: Jason Isringhausen joined John Franco and Billy Wagner as the third closer to reach No. 300 in a Mets uniform, but he had to wait until the 10th inning to make history. The save came after Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice in the top of the inning.The Mets' offense pounded out 12 hits, including solo homers by Lucas Duda and Josh Thole. It's Duda's second homer in as many days.
Key stat: It was the Mets third win at Petco Park in 13 games.
2011 record: 59-62
2010 record: 60-61

AUG. 14: DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3 Game story
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AUG. 14: DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3
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Recap: A lack of timely hitting, combined with Chris Capuano's usual middle-inning troubles, sent the Mets spiraling to their fifth straight loss and 11th in 14 games. the Mets finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The one bright spot for the Mets was the 2-for-3 day Lucas Duda had, who gave the Mets the lead twice.
Key stat: The Mets are four games under .500 (58-62) for the first time since June 4, when they were 27-31.
2011 record: 58-62
2010 record: 60-60

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AUG. 13: DIAMONDBACKS 6, METS 4 Game story
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AUG. 13: DIAMONDBACKS 6, METS 4
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey drew some unwanted attention before his start by reportedly saying it was "unrealistic" to think the Mets had a chance to contend. Pelfrey was on the verge of erasing some of that negativity with a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning before a line drive hit his elbow. The Mets' bullpen blew the lead when D.J. Carrasco gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Roberts.
Key stat: Mike Baxter was 2-for-4 with an RBI and raised his season average to .364..
2011 record: 58-61
2010 record: 59-60

AUG. 12: DIAMONDBACKS 4, METS 3 Game story
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AUG. 12: DIAMONDBACKS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Arizona jumped out to a quick lead against Dillon Gee, and a late Mets comeback fell short in New York's third straight loss. Justin Upton went deep in the first, and the D-Backs added three more runs on a pair of doubles in the second to take an early 4-0 lead. The Mets scored a run apiece in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough in the loss. Former Yankee Ian Kennedy picked up the win, improving to 15-3 on the year.
Key stat: Gee has allowed three or more runs in eight of his last nine starts.
2011 record: 58-60
2010 record: 59-59

AUG. 11: PADRES 3, METS 2 Game story
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AUG. 11: PADRES 3, METS 2
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Recap: Cameron Maybin took it upon himself to lift the Padres past the Mets, hitting a home run and stealing two bases to pace San Diego's second consecutive road win against New York. Maybin's home run and both of his steals came with Jonathon Niese on the mound; Niese held much of the rest of San Diego in check, though, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. The Mets managed just three hits against five Padres pitchers.
Key stat: The loss was the Mets' 32nd at Citi Field last year. They lost 34 home games all of 2010.
2011 record: 58-59
2010 record: 58-59

AUG. 10: PADRES 9, METS 5 Game story
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AUG. 10: PADRES 9, METS 5
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Recap: R.A. Dickey struggled out of the gate, and the bullpen didn't fare much better in a loss to San Diego. The Padres plated five runs in the first three innings of the game, and then touched up Mets relievers for four runs in the final three innings in the easy win. The two teams combined for 27 hits in the game, and had 33 at bats with runners in scoring position. Josh Thole had four hits for the Mets, and Ruben Tejada added a pair of doubles and a base hit.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell, who gave up three runs in one inning, has surrendered runs in eight of his last 14 appearances.
2011 record: 58-58
2010 record: 58-58

AUG. 9: METS 5, PADRES 4 Game story
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AUG. 9: METS 5, PADRES 4
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Recap: An eighth-inning comeback lifted the Mets to their second straight win over the Padres. Trailing 4-2, Angel Pagan led off the inning with a solo home run. Five of the next seven Mets proceeded to reach base, pushing across an additional two runs off San Diego relievers Chad Qualls and Josh Spence. Chris Capuano got the start, but was chased in the seventh, having given up four runs. Manny Acosta, D.J. Carrasco (who picked up the win) and Jason Isringhausen then shut down San Diego for three innings.
Key stat: Isringhausen picked up the save. It was the 299th of his career.
2011 record: 58-57
2010 record: 58-57

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AUG. 8: METS 9, PADRES 8 Game story
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AUG. 8: METS 9, PADRES 8
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Recap: On the day the Mets lost their two most consistent hitters, Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy, the offense came out swinging against the Padres. The Mets jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings on solo homers by Angel Pagan, Jason Bay and David Wright. The Mets bullpen gave it all back surrendering three runs in the sixth and four runs in the eighth inning. Trailing by two runs, Lucas Duda capped off the three-run ninth with a two-run single to centerfield for the walk-off win.
Key stat: Bay's homer was the 200th of his career. He is one of three Canadians, along with Matt Stairs (265) and Larry Walker (383), to reach the plateau.
2011 record: 57-57
2010 record: 57-57

AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7 Game story
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AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7
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Recap: The Mets wrapped up a key three-game series with a bizarre loss, dropping them back below .500. Jose Reyes was pulled from the game with hamstring stiffness, and Daniel Murphy was injured on a played at second base, forcing David Wright to move over to shortstop. In fact, at the end of the game, the Mets' infield defense consisted of Lucas Duda at first, Justin Turner at second, Wright at shortstop and Nick Evans at third. Chipper Jones drove in the game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth inning off Bobby Parnell, who took the loss and dropped to 3-4 on the year.
Key stat: While Wright played shortstop in high school, he had never played the position before in the majors.
2011 record: 56-57
2010 record: 56-57

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