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NY caught Miami in the standings with an extra-innings win last night.

Yoenis Cespedes' lingering quad issues left the NY offense at less than full capacity Sunday but the slugger made the start on Monday and delivered three hits, including the walk-off solo blast in the 10th inning that pull the Mets into a tie with Miami at 67-64.

Yoenis Cespedes homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night in the first game of a pivotal series between National League playoff contenders.

The Mets pulled even with Miami for second place in the NL East.

Cespedes hit a home run directly to a fan dressed in a full, one-piece, Simba costume. "I don't want to go back to the DL".

The Mets have moved into contention with only one member of their projected late-season rotation - right-hander Noah Syndergaard - performing up to expectations, or performing at all. Matt Harvey is out for the season following surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome, Steven Matz is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder and Zack Wheeler is unlikely to pitch this season because of a slow recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Back-to-back walks put two on in the first before Montero struck out J.T. Realmuto to end the inning, and he induced a groundout from Fernandez to leave the bases loaded in the third.

The American League-leading Rangers won the first of six straight games at home against the two teams chasing them in the AL West and dropped the Mariners into third place, a game behind Houston and 9ᄑ back of Texas. Gimenez fouled off two bunt attempts before poking a single through the right side with Almonte moving to second.

But with that time away from the game because of the suspension, and because he turned 33 on June 11, some speculated that the four-time All-Star's best days were likely behind him. "We've got to come up with some big hits".

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Granderson tacked on a two-run shot off reliever Dustin McGowan in the seventh for a 7-2 game.

"It helps having a little bit of pressure", Lugo told reporters after the game.

It was an exhilarating victory for the Mets, who appeared to be at a major disadvantage on the mound in the opener of a four-game set.

The schedule gets easier, with exception of games with the division leading Washington Nationals this weekend at Citi Field, and three more at the Nationals in a few weeks. Miami has scored just two runs during a three-game losing streak and is 3-6 in its last nine games, a stretch in which it has only been outscored 21-20.

Red Sox 9, Rays 4Rick Porcello became the majors' first 18-game victor and the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 in Fenway Park, going seven solid innings in Boston's victory over Tampa Bay.

After Yelich's homer -the first for the Marlins in eight games - the bats were relatively silent until Realmuto homered in the ninth and the Marlins added one more run on Dee Gordon's two-out single.

And just to make it three from three, it was a walk-off homer, meaning his shot scored the winning run for the Mets. "Never really allowed me to get into a rhythm", he said. "It's not going to work that way".

Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki hits a single as New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, left, looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Citi Field in New York. RHP Jacob deGrom will take Matz's spot. Marlins LHP Adam Conley (finger), who has been on the disabled list since August 14, was cleared by doctors to begin throwing.

Lugo's night started on the wrong foot when he surrendered a two-out, two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the first, but he rebounded from the homer to stymie the Marlins.

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