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The Mets have won six straight against the Twins dating to 2010, including the first two in this series. Jose Reye and Asdrubal Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs early in the contest. The fact that we just hung in there enough to win enough games and keep us going and we saw the pieces start to come back, the energy level picked up in the clubhouse and they take the field now and we've got some big games at the right time.
The Mets swept the series, and thus the season series, with the Twins.
After appearing to be finished four weeks ago - the Mets were 60-62 and 5 1/2 games behind the second wild card Cardinals on August 19 - manager Terry Collins and his players are only concerned with qualifying for the wild card game.
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"I'm hopeful that we have positive discussions here", he said Sunday. Not quite as dramatic as his first-career homer, an extra-innings game-winner in Washington last week, Rivera's second career home run was a solo shot to left field that gave the Mets an insurance run.
Yoenis Cespedes was one of the few regulars in the Mets' lineup, and even he was gone after the sixth inning, felled by nausea and dizziness. Juan Lagares, coming off left thumb surgery, played center field in the ninth, his first appearance since July 28.
That helped preserve the win for righty Erik Goeddel (2-1), who allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three in 1⅓ innings after entering in the fifth, though he uncorked two wild pitches.
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"When you're called upon to get your chance to get in the lineup, make the most of it", Collins said.
Collins said LHP Steve Matz (left shoulder tightness) could take this rotation turn the next time it comes up, which would be his first appearance since August 14.
"I don't think there's any question he can play here, " Collins said.
In the top of 11th, red-hot hitting Byron Buxton stepped up to the plate and sent a baseball 388 feet to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.
Granderson's homer was the 201st by the Mets this season, breaking the team record set in 2006. Michael Conforto, getting his first start in nearly two weeks, came through with an opposite field two run single to get the Mets on the board.
"The inning before we took him out, he came up, said he just got sick", manager Terry Collins said.
New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera congratulates relief pitcher Jerry Blevins after the Mets defeated ...
Left-hander Josh Edgin (1-0) earned the win with a hitless 12th. He was limited to seven games after his left arm was broken by a line drive in April, then fractured again when he slipped off a curb in August. Santana retired the first 11 batters he faced and allowed four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He also escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh when he struck out pinch-hitter Michael Conforto.