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Mets undefeated at home with seventh-straight win

USATSI_8527366_110579513_lowresThe Mets are now the only team in the majors undefeated at home.

Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings, and New York got home runs from Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores to beat the slumping Miami Marlins 5-4 Saturday night for its seventh consecutive victory.

Juan Lagares and Eric Campbell each had an RBI single to help the Mets (9-3) open their home schedule with six wins in a row, equaling the club record set in 1985. The overall winning streak is New York’s longest since an eight-game run in June 2010.

“We’re all having a blast,” d’Arnaud said. “Every day we show up to the park and it’s instant jokes and laughing and just having fun.”
The past four wins have come since captain David Wright went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The latest one was secured in a shaky ninth without closer Jeurys Familia.

New York’s fast start has caught on quickly with fans of a team that’s endured six consecutive losing seasons since moving into Citi Field. The attendance of 41,844 on Fireworks Night marked the Mets’ second sellout – and those two crowds over 40,000 matched last year’s total.

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Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard struggles badly with his control in his second start of the season. The 22-year-old lasted just 3 2/3 innings thanks in part to issuing five walks. He gave up two runs on two hits and mixed in five strikeouts. Both runs against him crossed the plate on a two-run homer from Domingo Santana in the 4th.

SS Matt Reynolds smacked two doubles and two singles, raising his batting average to .317. It was his first four-hit game since August 22, 2014 vs New Orleans.>>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video highlights from Saturday’s win against the Marlins

Mets reliever Alex Torres gets Christian Yelich to strike out for the final out of the Mets’ 5-4 win, earning his first career save. >> Watch here

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores belts a two-run home run to left field to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning Saturday night. >> Watch here

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud clubs a solo home run to deep left field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third inning. >> Watch here

To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.

Mets hold on, win 7th in a row behind deGrom

metscreen0418Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings as the Mets survived the bullpen’s shaky night and defeated the Marlins 5-4 Saturday at sold-out Citi Field for their seventh win in a row.

DeGrom (2-0, 0.93) scattered six hits and struck out eight with no walks and extended his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton after falling behind 3-0 with two on and two out in the sixth.

The Mets bullpen — without the resting Jerry Blevins and Jeurys Familia — nearly blew it. Dee Gordon (5-for-5) got all three of his RBI off Mets relievers. His double off Sean Gilmartin in the eighth scored a run. In the ninth, he singled off Carlos Torres to score Marcell Ozuna and Aidney Heccheveria, who singled and advanced on a wild pitch after Michael Morse led off with a home run.

Buddy Caryle replaced Gilmartin in the eighth and got the last two outs, including a strikeout of Stanton. Alex Torres replaced Carlos Torres after Gordon’s hit and struck out Christian Yelich to end it for his first save.

Wilmer Flores led the Mets’ offense with a two-run homer in the three-run sixth, which included Eric Campbell’s RBI single. . .The Mets have scored 12 runs in the sixth this season.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a solo homer in the third and Juan Lagares an RBI single in the second to score Campbell, who singled and stole second. . .d’Arnaud has eight RBI in 10 games.

Michael Cuddyer led off the sixth with a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He’s 10-for-24 with three doubles, a triple and homer during the streak. . .de Grom missed a chance to help himself when he grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fourth.

Gordon benefited from two reviews of first base calls. One upheld a safe call challenged by the Mets, one overturned an out call challenged by the Marlins.

Replay came into play again in the eighth, when the Mets lost a run after the Marlins successfully challenged after Lagares was called safe at first.

Stanton did not homer against the Mets for the first time in six games. His five-game streak tied Hank Aaron and Ryan Howard for the longest such streak against the Mets.

This is the Mets’ longest winning streak since they won eight in a row June 10-18 2010. . .The 9-3 start is best through 12 games since 2006 (10-2). . .The 6-0 home start ties the franchise record set in 1985.

The Mets will try to sweep the four-game series Sunday at 1:10 p.m. (SNY). Matt Harvey (2-0) faces Tom Koehler (1-1).

Tonight’s Game: Mets vs. Marlins, 7 p.m. on SNY

Screen Shot 2015-04-18 at 5.31.56 PMThe Mets (8-3) face the Miami Marlins (3-8) for their third game of a four-game series at Citi Field Saturday night.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46) starts for the Mets, while Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36) pitches for Miami.

deGrom earned his first win of the season over the Phillies in a 2-0 victory at home last week.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27 innings over four stats against the Marlins – even notching a career-high 13 strikeouts in his last start against them in September.

Lucas Duda has four hits in the Marlins series so far, and is 8 for 17 with five doubles and six RBIs in the last four games.

While Terry Collins said he’ll look to give Michael Cuddyer rest soon, he’s been strong at the plate also tallying four hits in the first two games of the Miami series. In the past six games, the 36-year-old is 9 for 21 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs. He is .359 career hitter in 23 games against the Marlins.

Cuddyer and Duda picking up Mets in Wright’s absence

USATSI_8524875_110579513_lowresMichael Cuddyer and Lucas Duda are picking up the slack with David Wright out.

Cuddyer has four hits in the first two games of this four-game series and is 9 for 21 (.429) with four extra-base hits and six RBIs in his last six games. The left fielder is a .359 career hitter in 23 games against Miami (3-8).

Duda also has four hits in this series, and is 8 for 17 (.471) with five doubles and six RBIs in the last four.

The Mets are looking to win their seventh in a row on Saturday night when they face Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36), who has lost his first two starts of a season.

The right-hander gave up three runs with five strikeouts in four-plus innings while enduring a pair of rain delays in a 3-2 loss at Atlanta on Monday. That was still an improvement after he was hammered for seven runs before being pulled with two outs in the opening inning of a 12-2 defeat to the Braves in his Marlins debut on April 7.

Latos has a 2.63 ERA in his last six starts against the Mets, but has an 0-3 record since he’s been backed by nine total runs. He has a 5.40 ERA in his last two at Citi Field.

Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

Latos has been so, so bad for the Marlins this year. They expected him to be their No. 2 pitcher, but his first two starts have been nothing short of disastrous.

In past years, pitchers like this would come in and keep the Mets off balance all night, somehow pitching a gem after a streak of poor performances. Let’s see how the Mets bats handle Latos tonight and if they can keep piling on to his rough start in 2015.

NL Rookie of the Year takes the ball as Mets shoot for seven in a row

USATSI_8518194_110579513_lowresNo David Wright, no problem for the New York Mets.

With their top offensive threat on the disabled list, the Mets aim for their longest winning streak in five years as Jacob deGrom looks to continue his success against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

New York (8-3) entered the season looking to be a factor in the playoff race, but the team is unexpectedly atop the NL East thanks to a six-game winning streak. The Mets won their third in a row without Wright on Friday, beating Miami 4-1 to pull within a game of their longest winning streak since taking eight in a row in June 2010.

Giving the ball to deGrom (1-1, 1.46 ERA) could draw New York closer to matching that run.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27 innings over four starts against the Marlins. He fanned a career-high 13 over seven innings in his last start against them in September.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has been impressive through his first two starts this season, but has only been backed by one run in each. That was enough Monday, when deGrom scattered seven hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 2-0 win over Philadelphia.

“He’s a special, special pitcher,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud told MLB’s official website. “He’s got great stuff, and most of all he’s got heart. He showed it (Monday), when he went out there and battled.”

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Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

Jeez, is it crazy to think that with deGrom on Saturday and Matt Harvey on Sunday, the Mets might be able to sweep this series from Miami and win eight games in a row? The way the Mets have been pitching and playing of late, it certainly seems possible.

Black rehab assignment transferred to Double-A Binghamton

RHP Vic Black has been reassigned to Double-A Binghamton to continue his rehab process. Adam Rubin of ESPN is reporting he should be activated to the major league roster within a week.

Black had been suffering from “shoulder weakness” late in spring training. He has since been rehabbing with the Mets High-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie. His fastball has been clocked between 93 and 96 MPH in his rehab appearances.

Black, 26, was acquired in 2013 from the Pirates along with second baseman Dilson Herrera in exchanges for C John Buck and OF Marlon Byrd.

In 41 appearances last season he posted a 2.60 ERA with the Mets. Black is expected to play a vital part in the bullpen as a middle reliever.