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Sunday, June 15, 2014
Workhorse Torres saves pen, earns win

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- When did Carlos Torres know his services might be needed for a starter-type workload Sunday?

“About two hours before the game I walk in here and I hear throwing up and I see who it is coming out,” Torres said.

Daisuke Matsuzaka ended up starting the game, but extreme stomach discomfort prompted him to depart after just one inning.

Torres followed by limiting the Padres to one run in four innings en route to a 3-1 Mets rubber-game victory. He logged season-highs with the innings count as well as by tossing 63 pitches.

The workhorse snapped a career-high four-game personal losing streak. That skid included giving up four runs in the 13th inning in his last appearance against the Brewers, which led him to punch himself repeatedly in the dugout afterward.

Torres has tossed an MLB-high 44 2/3 relief innings this season.

“He just wants the baseball,” manager Terry Collins said. “And I will tell you ... there’s no doubt in my mind tomorrow he’ll tell me he’s got an inning in him. There’s no doubt. Because that’s the way he is.”

Asked if he was getting tired, Torres acknowledged he must have been because he walked Will Venable with two outs in his fourth inning of relief. His previous season-high had been 38 pitches.

“But it’s one of those things you don’t really notice,” he added. “The coaches notice for you.”