Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning.
He walked in a run, but avoided further damage, finishing the game for his fourth save.
Mejia is 2-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 61 relief appearances this season.
He is tied for the second-most appearances by a National League reliever this season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Thankfully, he got a nice play from Wilmer Flores in the field off a rocket, one-hopper hit to the shortstop’s feet. Flores did a nice job knocking the ball down, followed by a smooth, calm throw for the out.
I love how composed Familia is on the mound, even in rocky situations. Of course, as was the case with Armando Benitez, Familia’s sinker scares me in with runners on base, but he’s also young and learning how to handle these tight spots. In either case, it’s exciting to think of what the back-end of this bullpen can be in a year, with Familia, Jenry Mejia and Bobby Parnell, all healthy, all capable of being the team’s closer on any given night.
Terry Collins and Zack Wheeler discuss the Mets’ 8-5 win against the A’s on Wednesday afternoon >> Watch here
In the top of the third inning, Eric Campbell opens the scoring with a solo home run to put the Mets up 1-0 >> Watch here
Lucas Duda homers to deep center, scoring Daniel Murphy and David Wright to cap a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija >> Watch here
Curtis Granderson singles to left-center field in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Wilmer Flores to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-2 >> Watch here
The Mets (60-68) are off on Thursday.
They open a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) will get the the start for the Mets, opposed by Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) for the Dodgers. Haren is replacing Clayton Kershaw, who was moved up in the rotation and will not face the Mets this coming weekend.
In case you missed it…
Zack Wheeler turned in another solid start and the Mets’ offense exploded as they topped the A’s, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday New York Post and Daily News…
Jenrry Mejia was unavailable on Wednesday due to a back issue (separate from his hernia). In Mejia’s stead, Jeurys Familia notched a five-out save.
Bartolo Colon, whose mother recently passed away, will come off the bereavement list and make the start against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Dana Eveland received a cortisone shot in his left (pitching) elbow, and will be unavailable until at least Friday.
Wednesday’s minor league recaps…
Mets pitching prospect Matthew Bowman had another tremendous outing Wednesday in Las Vegas, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk. He lowered his era to 1.74 in five Triple-A starts.
Bowman has thrown seven or more innings in four of his last five starts and surrendered one earned run or fewer in his last four.
Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…
Bartolo Colon will return to the Mets on Sunday to pitch against the Dodgers in the finale of the three-game series in Los Angeles. It will be his first outing since his mother died Monday, when Colon missed his scheduled start (Rubin, Aug. 20).
Jon Niese pitches Friday and Jacob deGrom Saturday. The Mets will need to make two roster moves for deGrom and Colon to start. Colon will return to the Dominican Republic Monday for his mother’s funeral.
The Dodgers also adjusted their rotation, meaning the Mets won’t have to face Clayton Kershaw. Zach Greinke (elbow discomfort) was pushed to Saturday; Dan Haren goes Friday (Orange County Register, Aug. 20)
Terry Collins told reporters pitcher Jenrry Mejia was unavailable because of back issues and not the hernia that has bothered him the past few weeks.
Result: The Mets jumped out to an early lead and held on for an 8-5 win Wednesday afternoon.
Need to Know: Lucas Duda blasted a three-run home run to cap a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda’s 23 homers are tied for fourth in the National League. Zack Wheeler had his streak of nine consecutive quality starts snapped but moved over .500 (9-8) for the first time this season, allowing four runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and Eric Campbell each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and the Mets bullpen allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up his fourth save of the season.
Game Ball: Duda, who delivered the big blow that proved to be the difference in the game and continues to pad his career-high home run total.
Links: AP recap | Box
What’s Next: The Mets are off tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with the Dodgers. The Mets and Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) caught a break when the Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw was pushed up in the rotation because of Zach Greinke’s elbow discomfort. Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) will face Niese Friday.
Matt Cerrone takes the 7 train with Mets reliever Vic Black, where they talk about New York City, music, the Mets, and more in the latest installment of Riding Shotgun, presented by Verizon.
The Mets and A’s finish up their quick two-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
Pepsi Pre Game Live begins at 3 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m.
Follow along online with SNY GameDay.
Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49) starts for the Mets, while Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96) pitches for Oakland.
|1. Curtis Granderson – RF
||1. Coco Crisp – DH
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. John Jaso – C
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Stephen Vogt – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Brandon Moss – LF
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Josh Reddick – RF
|6. Matt den Dekker – CF
||6. Alberto Callaspo – 3B
|7. Eric Campbell – DH
||7. Sam Fuld – CF
|8. Wilmer Flores – SS
||8. Andy Parrino – SS
|9. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||9. Eric Sogard – 2B