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Collins takes positives from Dodgers series

Terry Collins took a glass-half-full approach to Thursday’s 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, choosing to seize on the Mets winning three of four games in the series, all minus Jose Reyes, rather than the alternative. The pessimistic view is that Reyes is out for two more weeks at least, and Thursday night’s starter Clayton Kershaw began a stretch of seven games in which the Mets will see All-Stars Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco and then three Phillies aces immediately after the break.

“We’re very happy,” Collins said. “We came in, had a very, very good series without Jose. We’ve got to move forward and get ready for tomorrow night. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

“Clayton pitched very, very good tonight. The guys were saying his fastball was really on top of them. They just said it was really good. Jason Bay said it’s like hitting a stinking shot put. It’s heavy. It’s just one of those nights where they needed a start out of their ace and they got it.”