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Eric Young Jr. overruns bag to thwart ninth-inning rally

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets steps off

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets steps off the bag at third base and is tagged out by Kris Negron of the Cincinnati Reds in the top of the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park on Sept. 6, 2014 in Cincinnati. Credit: Getty Images / Michael Hickey

CINCINNATI - Though Eric Young Jr. came off the bag for only a split-second Saturday, it was enough to derail a ninth-inning rally in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Reds.

With Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman on the ropes, Young appeared to swipe third base on the front end of a daring double steal. The Mets apparently had runners on second and third with one out, the tying run 90 feet away.

But a 1-minute, 24-second video review showed that Young's momentum took him off the bag while third baseman Kristopher Negron alertly kept his glove on Young's thigh.

"I was moving fast," Young said, "and my feet got tangled up there a little bit and the third baseman did what he was supposed to do and kept the tag there the whole time."

Wilmer Flores walked, giving the Mets runners on first and second with two outs, but Chapman fanned pinch hitter Eric Campbell to end the game.

"It certainly took a little starch out," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Following the plan

The Mets recalled prospect Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas and he'll be used as both a starter and a reliever.

"I don't want to have to go to spring training and not have some knowledge about how he handles the pen, if he needs to get warmed up, if he can get ready fast," Collins said. "You want those answers now."

Montero, 23, is 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in seven big-league appearances (six starts). He's expected to join the team Sunday.

Full strength

Relievers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Edgin were available for the first time since getting cortisone injections in their throwing elbows Tuesday.

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