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Wilmer Flores gives Mets walk-off win with sacrifice fly

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores, right, celebrates with Eric

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores, right, celebrates with Eric Young Jr. after his sacrifice fly wins the game 3-2 against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Wilmer Flores capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning Monday night, hitting a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 3-2 walk-off win over the Rockies at Citi Field.

"I had the right idea," Flores said. "I was looking for a pitch up in the zone and I got it."

The Rockies went ahead 2-1 in the eighth when Nolan Arenado homered off Vic Black, who returned after spending time on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck. But LaTroy Hawkins blew the save in the ninth.

Travis d'Arnaud doubled and Curtis Granderson tripled to right-centerfield to drive in pinch runner Eric Young Jr. Flores' fly to center gave the Mets their sixth walk-off win of the season and first since July 7.

No Noah

Pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard enjoyed an "excellent season," general manager Sandy Alderson said. But a 40-man roster crunch and a lack of vacancies in the starting rotation ultimately stood in the way of a September call-up. "We didn't see any point in throwing him out of the bullpen," Alderson said.

Syndergaard, 22, logged 138 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas. Alderson said he should be capped at about 185 to 190 innings next season.

 

Extra bases

Daniel Murphy (calf strain) is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday. Dilson Herrera, 20, will mostly come off the bench . . . Alderson said Josh Satin and Bobby Abreu were rewarded with call-ups for their adherence to the organization's disciplined hitting approach . . . It remains unclear whether the Mets view Flores as the answer at shortstop moving forward. "He's a young player, so it will depend on what other possibilities exist,'' Alderson said. "But Wilmer's done a very nice job at shortstop. He's made all the routine plays. He's got the arm. He turns the double play. He's probably not Andrelton Simmons, but not many are.''

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