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Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd, right, commits a fifth-inning (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd, right, commits a fifth-inning fielding error against the Kansas City Royals. (August 4 2013)

Mets vs. Royals

The Mets fell to the Kansas City Royals, 6-2, in the rubber game of a three-game series Sunday at Citi Field.

Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd, right, commits a fifth-inning
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Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd, right, commits a fifth-inning fielding error against the Kansas City Royals. (August 4 2013)

Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, right, sits in the
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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, right, sits in the dugout after the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (August 4, 2013)

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler Mets sits in the dugout after the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (August 4, 2013)

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Kansas City Royals hitter Mike Moustakas reacts after
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Kansas City Royals hitter Mike Moustakas reacts after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Mets. (August 4, 2013)

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler reacts after giving
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Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler reacts after giving up three runs during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals. (August 4, 2013)

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, right,
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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, right, celebrates with shortstop Alcides Escobar after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Mets. (August 4, 2013)

Kansas City Royals hitter Mike Moustakas runs home
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Kansas City Royals hitter Mike Moustakas runs home following a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Mets. (August 4, 2013)

Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a game
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Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 4, 2013)

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Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a game
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Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 4, 2013)

Mets third baseman Justin Turner reacts after striking
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Mets third baseman Justin Turner reacts after striking out in the bottom of the fourth. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals second baseman Miguel Tejada tries
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Kansas City Royals second baseman Miguel Tejada tries to put the tag on a sliding Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the seventh. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy with a single
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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy with a single in the bottom of the seventh. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. with the
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Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. with the long fly ball for the out to left field in the bottom of the eighth. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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Mets third baseman David Wright relaxes with teammates
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Mets third baseman David Wright relaxes with teammates during an inning change. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares is congratulated by teammates
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Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the bottom of the eighth. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Mets first baseman Josh Satin with the RBI
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Mets first baseman Josh Satin with the RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland is
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Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland is congratulated by Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras and Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Tim Collins as their team defeat the Mets. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez
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Kansas City Royals third base coach Eddie Rodriguez congratulates Kansas City Royals center fielder Justin Maxwell after he hit a solo homer in the top of the twelfth inning. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. reacts after
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Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. reacts after striking out in the bottom of the ninth. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Mets third baseman David Wright shares a laugh
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Mets third baseman David Wright shares a laugh with teammates in the dugout during the game. (August 3, 2013)

Mets third baseman Justin Turner is called out
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Mets third baseman Justin Turner is called out at second trying to stretch a single off the wall in left against the Kansas City Royals. (August 3, 2013)

Injured Mets third baseman David Wright talks with
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Injured Mets third baseman David Wright talks with teammates during the game against the Kansas City Royals. (August 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen delivers in
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen delivers in the bottom of the first against the Mets. (August 3, 2013)

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Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain hits
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Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain hits an RBI single in the top of the third against the Mets. (August 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras rounds third
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Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras rounds third after a solo homer off Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner (53) to tie the game in the top of the third. (August 3, 2013)

Teammates congratulate Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28)
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Teammates congratulate Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) after his solo home in the bottom of the second against Kansas City. (August 3, 2013)

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. hits a
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Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. hits a single to left in the bottom of the first against the Kansas City Royals. (August 3, 2013)

Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner delivers in the
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Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner delivers in the top of the first against the Kansas City Royals. (August 3, 2013)

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Jeremy Hefner of the Mets pitches against the
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Jeremy Hefner of the Mets pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 3, 2013)

David Wright of the Mets looks on from
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David Wright of the Mets looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 3, 2013)

Mets' David Wright watches from the dugout during
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Mets' David Wright watches from the dugout during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals. (August 3, 2013)

Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner delivers the ball to
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Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner delivers the ball to the Kansas City Royals during the first inning. (August 3, 2013)

Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen delivers the
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen delivers the ball to the Mets during the first inning. (August 3, 2013)

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Dillon Gee hands the ball ball to manager
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Dillon Gee hands the ball ball to manager Terry Collins as he leaves a game against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

Omar Quintanilla follows through on a fourth inning
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Omar Quintanilla follows through on a fourth inning base hit against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee hands the ball ball to manager
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Dillon Gee hands the ball ball to manager Terry Collins as he leaves a game against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

David Aardsma pitches in the ninth inning against
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David Aardsma pitches in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee walks to the dugout after the
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Dillon Gee walks to the dugout after the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

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Dillon Gee pitches in the seventh inning against
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Dillon Gee pitches in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

David Wright looks on against the Kansas City
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David Wright looks on against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee breaks his bat during his first
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Dillon Gee breaks his bat during his first at-bat against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee looks on from the dugout after
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Dillon Gee looks on from the dugout after leaving a game against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

David Wright breaks his bat as he grounds
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David Wright breaks his bat as he grounds out in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (August 2, 2013)

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Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals
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Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals tries to throw out Eric Young Jr. #22 of the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Citi Field on Friday, August 2 2013 in the Queens borough of New York City.(Photo by Jim McIsaac)

Wade Davis of the Kansas City Royals pitches
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Wade Davis of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Mets at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the
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Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the
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Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Wade Davis of the Kansas City Royals pitches
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Wade Davis of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Mets at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

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Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the
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Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the
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Dillon Gee of the Mets pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013)

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