Mets a game back in the loss column for second in the NL East
The Mets dismissed any notion of an All-Star break hangover. After beginning the second half with a blowout loss to the Phillies, the Mets rebounded with consecutive wins to claim the three-game series, which they capped off with Sunday's 5-0 victory.
"We bounced back again," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's a resilient bunch that's playing well right now."
The Mets have tied or won seven of their last nine series. Though they remain 10 games back of a wild-card spot, the Mets (43-51) are only one game back in the loss column to the Phillies (49-50) and Nationals (48-50), who are second and third in the National League East.
The Mets begin a four-game series Monday against the East-leading Braves (55-43) at Citi Field.
The play stands
Utilityman Justin Turner is nearing a return to the roster. "He'll be here very soon," Collins said of Turner, who has been on the disabled list since July 2 with a left intercostal strain. The Mets will likely cut down to 12 pitchers to make room for Turner on the roster . . . Dwight Gooden approved of his likeness at Sunday's bobblehead giveaway. "I like it," Gooden said. "I think they did a good job with it." . . . David Wright and Marlon Byrd teamed up for the Mets' first back-to-back homers since Wright and Turner accomplished the feat Sept. 25, 2012 . . . Byrd has knocked in at least one run in five consecutive games. He has seven RBIs during that stretch . . . Phillies starter Cliff Lee made his 300th career start (135-82).