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In the season finale, Miguel Batista and Mike Baxter were the ones who led the Mets to a win.  Batista started and completed the shutout, and Baxter crushed a 2-run homer to give the Mets a final record of 77-85.

The main story of the game, however, was Jose Reyes.  In what was possibly his final game as a Met, he led off with a bunt single, which pushed his NL-leading average to .337.  In a move that drew the ire of the Citi Field crowd, Terry Collins pulled him right after.  The fans had every right to be upset there — it’s understandable that they wanted to protect Reyes’ lead for the batting title, but the fans deserved more than that.  The guy has been an integral part of the team since being called up in 2003, and just submitted his finest season yet.  That kind of tenure needed a fitting salute — the fans should have had the chance to go crazy for him the whole game, and then probably end it with one last standing ovation.  But it was his call – Reyes asked to be pulled, so the batting title’s more important to him.

Congrats to Pete Flynn, retiring after 50 years as a groundskeeper (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a 13 inning marathon Tuesday night. Chris Capuano pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen couldn’t secure a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning. The Mets offense had chances in the ninth and thirteenth innings to walk-off, but couldn’t push the envelope. In the end, the deciding run scored on a squeeze play in the top of the thirteenth. With one game remaining in the 2011 season, the Mets fall to 76-85. 

Reyes jogged around the bases twice on Tuesday night.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday night. Chris Schwinden pitched five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Mets offense rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. With a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, Tim Byrdak and Josh Stinson gave up three runs to put them down by two. The Mets fell short a run as their record goes to 76-84 on the season.

When Reyes' uniform is dirty, you know he had a huge game.

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The Phils wrapped this game up early — after 4 innings, it was 9-0.  Hunter Pence drove in 3 of those runs, including a 2-run homer in the first that got the ball rolling.  For the 13th time this season, Mike Pelfrey took the loss.  He was only able to stick around for the first 3 innings, allowing 5 runs.  Fittingly (assuming this is his last appearance of the season, and let’s hope it is), D.J. Carrasco got shelled as well – the final 4 Philly runs came in his 1 inning of work.  He likely won’t be around next year; Pelfrey probably will.  Roy Halladay himself had a typical game, tossing 6 shutout innings for the win.  

Denied. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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The New York Mets took both games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. R.A. Dickey pitched Game One and had a no-hitter heading into the seventh inning. David Wright hit a tie-breaking double in the eighth inning to lead the Mets to a 2-1 victory. Dillon Gee took the mound in Game Two and pitched six strong innings allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. The Mets put up five runs in the third inning, paving the way to a 6-3 win in the night cap. They have now won three in a row as they look to finish the season strong. 

Valentino Pascucci admires his first major league home run in seven years.

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The Mets/Phillies game has been rained out tonight.  The makeup will be played as part of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is scheduled for 1:10 PM on WPIX. Game two will be broadcasted on SNY at 7:10 PM. 

Game OneNYM R.A. Dickey (8-13) 3.35 ERA vs. PHI Cole Hamels (14-9) 2.80 ERA 

Game TwoNYM Dillon Gee (12-6) 4.48 ERA vs. PHI Joe Blanton (1-2) 5.30 ERA 

The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes.  With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card.  The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.

Later, Cap (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Wednesday night. Chris Schwinden quickly put the Mets in a hole 3-0 through the first two innings. The offense battled back to score four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead. Schwinden settled down to pitch six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. However, the bullpen let up three runs in the seventh inning to put them behind again. Willie Harris narrowed the deficit to one run in the top of the ninth, but the Mets couldn’t push another run across. They have lost nine of their last eleven games and fall to 73-82 on the season. 

Bullpen couldn't secure Schwinden's first career win.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 on Tuesday night. Mike Pelfrey pitched six innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and no walks while striking out two. The Mets had a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the bullpen let up six runs all with two outs. With the loss, they fall to 73-81 on the season and have sole possession of fourth place in the National League East division.

Pelf had a better night at the plate than on the mound.

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee gave up the first run of the game in the third inning on a Chipper Jones (no surprise there) double. However, the Mets bats took charge in the fourth inning putting up a four spot. Gee quickly gave away the lead when he allowed three more runs to cross in the bottom of the inning. His final line was 4 1/3 innings yielding four runs on eight hits and five walks along with four strikeouts. With the game tied in the seventh, Freddie Freeman put the Braves up a run with an RBI single. The Mets responded again with two runs in their following turn at bat for a 6-5 lead. Bobby Parnell bridged the lead to Manny Acosta, who recorded his second save of the season en route to a series win against the Braves. 

Ruben Tejada deserves the game ball for his performance today at the plate.

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