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Mets keep winning games, losing players

New York Mets manager Terry Collins and a

New York Mets manager Terry Collins and a trainer check on catcher Travis d'Arnaud after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

In the first two weeks of the season, the Mets have lost three games. They also have lost four key players to injuries and/or suspension.

Yet they keep on winning. Eight in a row after Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Marlins.

In both respects, the hits keep coming.

The Mets have yet to lose a game in seven dates at Citi Field this year. But they left the ballpark with eighth-inning reliever Jerry Blevins' pitching arm in a sling and catcher Travis d'Arnaud wearing a cast on his right hand.

Both suffered fractures when struck by baseballs in the seventh inning.

"Well, it's not a good day," manager Terry Collins said after the Mets thrilled a crowd of 41,234 who ended the game chanting "Let's go, Mets!"

Let's go, indeed. To the Hospital for Special Surgery on Monday to find out how long Blevins and d'Arnaud will be sidelined. General manager Sandy Alderson said he had no immediate estimate.

Blevins suffered a fractured left forearm when he was hit by a shot off the bat of Dee Gordon. In an example of the pluckiness the Mets will need to continue to display, Blevins still got the out by throwing the ball to first with his glove.

In the bottom of the inning, d'Arnaud was hit by a pitch from A.J. Ramos.

Since Opening Day, the Mets already had lost closer Jenrry Mejia, first to a sore elbow and then to an 80-game suspension for a failed steroid test, and captain David Wright to a strained hamstring.

In spring training, they lost pitchers Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery and Vic Black to neck and shoulder soreness.

Black is hurting again. Alderson said his rehab has been halted because the soreness is back. An MRI tube awaits.

Still the Mets are 10-3 and the ballpark has become a party zone. It was the best of times, it was the . . .

"Tough news. Again," said backup catcher Anthony Recker, who will continue to be the backup to prospect Kevin Plawecki, who was called up to replace d'Arnaud.

D'Arnaud was playing some of the best ball of his young career. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI from the No. 2 hole and was batting .317. He leads the team in RBIs with 10.

D'Arnaud was calm after the game and talked up Plawecki. But he said he "cussed up a storm" when he found out his hand was broken.

All Blevins had done was retire every single batter he faced in five innings over seven appearances. "It's a pretty big letdown," he said.

It's a wonder Matt Harvey didn't trip over the first-base line on his way to the mound Sunday, break an ankle and then throw a no-hitter.

Turns out Harvey almost was scratched because of a severe sore throat and other symptoms. But he gutted out six innings-plus, helped by a seven-run fourth highlighted by a three-run double from Ruben Tejada.

The situation must be serious because Alderson left his signature quips at the door when he addressed the media. He announced the call-ups of Plawecki and righthander Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas and talked about overcoming the injuries.

"The record has been great," Alderson said. "Very happy with that, of course . . . The team has been very resilient. These aren't the first two guys we've lost."

They probably won't be the last, either. But how many more winning days like this can the Mets endure?

When asked what's next, Collins said: "I haven't gotten that far yet. I'm trying to absorb this."

Welcome to the club.

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