- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Second place! Well, at least a share of it anyway.
New York Mets
The Mets posted a 79-83 record -- their most wins in four seasons under Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins.
The Amazin’s finished tied with the Atlanta Braves for second place in the NL East.
The Mets draft 15th next June.
With a final-day announced paid attendance of 34,897, the Mets had their first season uptick -- abeit barely -- since 2007 to ’08:
2009: 3,154,270 (Citi Field debut season)
2008: 4,042,047 (Shea Stadium final season)
Duda's two-run homer came in his final at-bat, in the eighth inning. He answered cheers with a curtain call. Ruben Tejada followed with a two-run homer as the Mets turned a 4-3 lead into a rout with a four-run frame.
Milestone: Bartolo Colon tossed six innings in the season finale, allowing him to cross the 200-inning threshold for the first time since 2005, when he won 21 games and the AL Cy Young with the Los Angeles Angels. Colon became the first major league pitcher to reach 200 innings at age 41 or older since Tom Glavine in 2007, also with the Mets.
Colon, who departed with a 4-3 lead, finished the season at 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA. He is under contract for next season, when he turns 42, at $11 million.
Outta here: Retiring Bobby Abreu went 1-for-2 with a walk in his final major league game. After Abreu singled in the fifth inning, the crowd gave him a standing ovation as Billy Joel’s “This Is The Time” blared over the PA system. Abreu waved his helmet to the crowd as Astros second baseman and fellow Venezuelan Jose Altuve patted him on the backside.
Abreu, 40, then was replaced by pinch runner Eric Young Jr.
Abreu finished his career with a .291 average, 288 homers, 1,363 RBIs and 400 steals in 8,480 at-bats spanning 18 major league seasons.
Finished strong: Matt den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, steal and run scored. He hit .339 (19-for-56) in September and finished the season on a career-high eight-game hitting streak.
Local boy makes good: Long Islander Nick Tropeano, a West Islip High and Stony Brook University product, allowed four runs in five innings before a large cheering section of family and friends in section 122. The damage included a two-run double by Duda that staked the Mets to a 4-2 lead in the fifth.
Batting champ: Altuve, initially out of the starting lineup before public pressure led to his late insertion, went 2-for-4 with an RBI to wrap up the first batting title in Astros history.
What’s next: The offseason!
The Mets open the 2015 season on April 6 against the Washington Nationals in D.C.
It may even be Matt Harvey Day.
305dDanny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com