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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Cubs 3

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Facing Carlos Marmol was just what the Mets needed to avoid a sweep.

Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied back against Marmol to secure a 4-3 victory on Sunday at Citi Field.

Marlon Byrd led off the frame with a solo homer, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis won it with a walk-off three-run shot -- his first of the season.

The Mets (25-39) had lost three straight coming in.

Jeremy Hefner picked up a no-decision, allowing one earned run in five innings. He has compiled a 2.40 ERA in his last five starts, but has just one win to show for it.

LOL: It was quite the comedy of errors. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth, David Wright dove to snare a grounder off the bat of Alfonso Soriano. But Wright’s throw sailed over Daniel Murphy’s head, allowing Soriano to reach first and Starlin Castro to score from second.

Murphy then threw wide of John Buck, allowing Nate Schierholtz to score all the way from first and Soriano to get to third. Omar Quintanilla even threw wide to home after backing up the throw.

The three errant throws and two-error gaffe led to the Cubs taking a 3-0 lead. It should lead "SportsCenter’s" Not Top 10.

DEBUTANT: Carlos Torres, fresh off his Saturday promotion, made his Mets debut, entering in the sixth in relief of Hefner. The 30-year-old pitched a pair of scoreless innings.

WHAT'S NEXT: Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.84 ERA) vs. TBA on Monday night at Turner Field.