New York Mets: Rafael Furcal

Minors 4.14.14: B-Mets' Burgamy homers

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LAS VEGAS 5, FRESNO 2: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. Eric Campbell, who entered on a 10-game hitting streak, started at shortstop for the first time in his seven-year professional career. He went 0-for-4 to lose the streak. Wilmer Flores started at second base for the first time this season after exclusively playing shortstop through his first eight games. Chris Young played a full game in left field in the second game of a rehab assignment with the 51s. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and has now reached base in nine of 10 plate appearances in Triple-A. Las Vegas broke a 2-all tie with a three-run sixth against Jake Dunning. Flores had a tiebreaking RBI single. Allan Dykstra then walked and Zach Lutz was hit by a pitch to force in runs. Box

PORTLAND 9, BINGHAMTON 4: Portland scored six runs against Greg Peavey and Adam Kolarek in the sixth inning en route to a series-opening win. The Sea Dogs opened the scoring in the second inning against Peavey on Sean Coyle's two-run homer over the Maine Monster. Binghamton matched Coyle’s blast with a Monster shot of its own in the third. With two outs, Henry Owens issued a four-pitch walk to Kyle Johnson. Brian Burgamy then tied the score with his fourth homer of the road trip. Kevin Plawecki kept the inning alive with a double and Matt Clark gave Binghamton a 4-2 lead by crushing a drive over the right-center wall. Peavey followed by posting three perfect innings. He required only 25 pitches to retire the nine hitters. Mookie Betts’ double to lead off the sixth snapped a stretch of 10 straight batters retired by Peavey. After Peavey walked two to load the bases, Carlos Rivero made it a one-run game with a sac fly. Kolarek entered and former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch greeted the southpaw by lacing a two-run, go-ahead double. Blake Swihart, Coyle and Peter Hissey tacked onto the lead with run-producing singles. Peavey (0-1) allowed five runs on two hits while walking four in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out a Double-A career-high seven batters. Two of the runs charged to him scored after Kolarek entered. Box

JUPITER 12, ST. LUCIE 3: The Hammerheads pushed across nine runs on seven hits, three walks and one hit batter in the seventh, turning a 3-1 lead into a rout. Julian Hilario loaded the bases with no outs and walked in a run. He was replaced by Bret Mitchell, who gave up all of Hilario’s inherited runners and five of his own. After Matt Juengel drew a bases-loaded walk from Mitchell to make it 12-1, Jake Kuebler entered and recorded the final out. Earlier in the frame, Juengel laced a two-run double. Noah Perio added a two-run triple. Luis Cessa took the loss. He gave up two runs in five innings. Both runs scored on Viosergy Rosa’s single in the first. The Mets cut their deficit to 2-1 in the third on Aderlin Rodriguez's single. They nearly tied the score in the fourth on Maikis De La Cruz's double, but Rafael Furcal -- playing on a rehab assignment for the Marlins -- gunned down Phillip Evans on a relay throw to home to end the inning. Furcal went 1-for-1 with a single, two walks, a stolen base and a run scored. Trevor Williams earned his first win for the Hammerheads. He allowed 10 hits but only one run in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to six games. He has a hit in 10 of 11 games this season. Dilson Herrera doubled in the third to extend his hitting streak to six games. De La Cruz homered in the seventh to finish with a two-hit game. Rodriguez, T.J. Rivera and Robbie Shields also had multi-hit games for the Mets. Box

SAVANNAH 0, AUGUSTA 0 (suspended): Rain and poor conditions at Lake Olmstead Stadium forced Monday’s game to be suspended. It will be completed Tuesday. Neither Gnats right-hander Kevin McGowan nor GreenJackets left-hander Christian Jones had allowed a run when the game was halted. Leonardo Rojas had just hit a one-out double off McGowan in the bottom of the fifth when the umpires decided to postpone the game. Rojas’ double was the second hit allowed all game by McGowan. The first hit was Shawne Payne's leadoff single in the first. Jones was even sharper for Augusta, allowing no hits while fanning seven batters through five innings. Jones’ lone flaw was a walk to Gnats DH Jared King in the first inning. Box

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Furcal: Mets showing interest

November, 30, 2013
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With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Drew likely beyond the Mets' spending appetite, the Mets are expressing interest in Rafael Furcal, the free-agent shortstop told Enrique Rojas at ESPNDeportes.com.

"Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in Spanish. "Boston, the Marlins, Mets, Washington, Pirates and Colorado are interested, among others."

Furcal, 36, missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Furcal indicated his interests are playing for a contender and for playing time.

"At my age, if I have health, I can play regularly," Furcal said. "... I am a natural second baseman. If I have to move around to various positions in order to play for a contender, I would do it."

As for his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Furcal said: 'This week I will begin to throw some baseballs, and doctors will evaluate me in two weeks to increase the workload. Right now I'm focused on getting fully fit for spring training. I hope to have a chance to prove that I can play every day. In this part of my career I do not play for money."

UPDATE: Despite Furcal's statement, the Post's Joel Sherman cites an executive as saying the Mets are no longer interested because of physical concerns. Sandy Alderson this week started sounding like Ruben Tejada may be the Opening Day shortstop.

Series preview: Mets at Cardinals

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The Mets face Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright consecutively to close this week's series.
METS (14-20, fourth place/NL East) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (23-13, first place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-4, 4.63) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (5-1, 2.72), 7:05 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-4, 5.55) vs. LHP John Gast (0-0, -.--), 8:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-3, 8.59) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.58), 8:15 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-4, 5.93) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (5-2, 2.30), 1:45 p.m. ET

Cardinals short hops

Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright combined to retire 40 straight Colorado Rockies from the second batter of Friday’s game through the 13th batter Saturday. That matched the major league record for most consecutive batters retired in a series, initially set by the Texas Rangers against the Detroit Tigers on May 3-4, 1996.

The 22-year-old Miller, the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, allowed a game-opening single to Eric Young Jr., then retired 27 straight. The following day, Wainwright had a no-hit bid end after 7 1/3 innings on a Nolan Arenado single.

Despite missing an entire season, Wainwright is tied for the second-most shutouts in the majors since 2010 (six), trailing only Cliff Lee (seven). Miller, 22, made his major league debut last Sept. 5 against the Mets with two scoreless innings.


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John Gast makes his major league debut Tuesday in place of Jake Westbrook.


St. Louis starting pitchers had a 21-7 record and MLB-leading 2.11 ERA until Jaime Garcia modestly tarnished that by allowing five runs in six innings in a loss Sunday.

Jake Westbrook (2-1, 1.62 ERA), who had been scheduled to face the Mets, instead landed on the disabled list with right-elbow inflammation. Left-hander John Gast has been promoted from Triple-A Memphis and will start Tuesday in his major league debut in Westbrook’s place. Although not a top prospect like Michael Wacha (who is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in seven starts with Memphis), Gast is 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in six starts for that Pacific Coast League club this season.

Lance Lynn had a personal 10-game winning streak dating to last Sept. 9 snapped with a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It had been the longest active winning streak in the majors. Lynn (24-9 in his career) has never lost consecutive games.

Yadier Molina, who ranks fourth in the NL in batting at .343, lost an 11-game hitting streak Sunday. He has started all but one game this season. However, backup Tony Cruz is expected to get one start against the Mets. Cruz’s only start so far came April 19 at Philadelphia.

Pete Kozma showed enough during spring training to beat out ex-Met Ronny Cedeno for the shortstop job in place of the injured Rafael Furcal. Kozma, a 2012 postseason hero, provides steady defense (one error so far), albeit with unexceptional range or flair.

Furcal strained an elbow ligament near the end of the 2012 regular season and missed the postseason. After visiting James Andrews during spring training, Furcal concluded he would need Tommy John surgery and miss the entire season.

Kozma had the tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the Cards’ division series, which knocked the Washington Nationals out last October.

• Second baseman Matt Carpenter never played that position in the minors. He is a natural third baseman who also played first base and the outfield with St. Louis in 2012. Fellow lefty hitter Daniel Descalso, who competed for the job in spring training, also sees some action at the position when Carpenter slides over to third base in place of David Freese.

• Left fielder Matt Holliday left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury after tripping at first base, but returned to action Sunday.

Carlos Beltran went 0-for-4 Sunday as his average dipped to .298. Despite reduced mobility in right field at this stage of his career, Beltran entered the series finale against Colorado hitting .345 since April 15.

Jason Motte, who had an NL-leading 42 saves last season, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday after initially hoping to rehab and avoid the procedure. Edward Mujica is 9-for-9 in save chances.

The Cards’ bullpen still has the worst ERA in the NL, but it has dramatically improved with a shakeup that involved demoting left-hander Marc Rzepczynski on April 27 and right-hander Mitchell Boggs on May 3. Entering Sunday, when rookie Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs in relief, the Cards' bullpen had a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings since May 3.

Martinez’s fastball has averaged 96.4 mph since a promotion from Double-A Springfield 10 days ago. He is the No. 3-rated prospect in the St. Louis organization, according to Baseball America. He nearly exclusively started in the minors but is getting introduced to the majors as a reliever, which is tradition with the Cards. Pitching prospect Seth Maness, like Martinez, was promoted for bullpen use after primarily starting in the minors.

Chris Carpenter, whose career appeared in jeopardy because of nerve damage in his arm, may return this season. He threw a 75-pitch bullpen session Friday.

Toxicology report -- bad MLB contracts

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Vernon Wells, Juan Uribe and Chone Figgins (l to r) are among the bloated contracts around Major League Baseball.
The Mets’ first task this offseason regarding Jason Bay, and for that matter Johan Santana, likely should be to see if any team has trade interest. A swap appears unlikely, though, even discounting the no-trade clause each possesses.

After all, Bay is hitting .155 with eight homers in 187 at-bats. And he is owed $19 million next season including a 2014 buyout, making it a toxic contract.

Similarly, Santana -- despite the June 1 no-hitter -- finishes the season on the DL after allowing six-plus runs in each of his final five starts. Santana is owed $31 million next season including a ’14 buyout.

Still, if the Mets were to find another team with toxic contracts to swap, who is logical? With the help of reporters around baseball, here’s a look …

THEY’VE GOT POTENTIAL

Angels: “Oh, you've come to the right place,” our friend who covers the Angels says. “The Angels have the deadest of dead weight -- Vernon Wells. The Angels are paying Wells $21 million this year to be their fourth outfielder. They owe him $21 million more in 2013 and again in 2014.”

Blue Jays: Left fielder/first baseman Adam Lind (.240, 10 HR, 40 RBIs) is owed $5 million in 2013. With buyouts of option years, the minimum owed is $7 million. “He cleared waivers at one point this season and the Blue Jays would love to get rid of his contract -- even though it's unlikely that can happen,” a team observer said.

Braves: Second baseman Dan Uggla (.215, 19 HR, 73 RBIs) is owed $39 million over the next three seasons.

Cubs: Alfonso Soriano ($18 million apiece in 2013 and ’14) and Carlos Marmol ($9.8 million next season) are the remaining sizable contracts.

Dodgers: The Dodgers inherited Carl Crawford ($102.5 million through 2017) and Josh Beckett ($31.5 million through 2014) while acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, but both should contribute. The least-productive contract: Juan Uribe, who finally pinch hit Sunday after going unused for nearly a month. Uribe, with one year remaining, is still owed $8 million.

Mariners: Left fielder Chone Figgins (.183, 2 HR, 11 RBIs) is owed $8 million next season. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (.258, 4 HR, 14 RBIs) is owed $7.5 million in 2013 with a buyout of the following season. Says one observer: “Gutierrez has been hurt or sick for most of his deal and might produce if ever healthy. Figgins is literally dead weight.” Bay does live in the offseason in Seattle. And the combined $15.5 million owed to those two are close to Bay's $19 million.

Marlins: Heath Bell has two years, $18 million guaranteed remaining. He also has a $9 million option for 2015 based on games finished -- 55 the previous season or 100 combined in 2013 and '14. (The Mets have been down that route before.)

Pirates: Clint Barmes is signed for 2013 at $5.5 million. He's hitting .228/.266/.325 with eight homers.

Red Sox: John Lackey (12-12, 6.41 ERA) has two years left for a combined $30.5 million, with a 2015 club option at the major league minimum because of a preexisting elbow injury.

Twins: Nick Blackburn (4-9, 7.39 ERA) and middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- both relegated to the minors -- are under contract for 2013 and “practically sunken cost.” Blackburn is owed $5.5 million. Nishioka is owed $3.25 million including a 2014 buyout. The Twins likely would never trade Joe Mauer, despite him being owed $23 million annually through 2018.

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez to Flushing? Don't hold your breath. Still, A-Rod is owed $114 million over the next five seasons. Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia could emerge as bad contracts, with $90 million over four seasons and $119 million over five seasons owed, respectively.

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Series preview: Mets at Cardinals

September, 3, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Joe Kelly, Jaime Garcia and Adam Wainwright at Busch Stadium.
METS (64-70, third place/NL East) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (72-62, second place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (4-6, 3.61), 2:15 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (3-6, 4.52), 8:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90), 1:45 p.m. ET

Cardinals short hops

• St. Louis returns from a disappointing 4-6 trip despite opening the three-city excursion by taking two of three from division-leading Cincinnati. Cardinals batters went 40 straight innings without producing an RBI and were shut out three times, including consecutively in Pittsburgh in games started by James McDonald and Wandy Rodriguez.


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Carlos Beltran departed Sunday's game with a knee injury.


St. Louis nonetheless occupies the second wild-card slot in the National League, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers and 1 ahead of the Pirates. Yet despite leading the league in runs scored (646) and on-base percentage (.338), the Cards have been inconsistent. They hit for power and explode some games, but struggle with runners in scoring position and fail to score in others.

Rafael Furcal has been sidelined since Aug. 30 with a ligament tear in his right elbow. He is attempting to rehab rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. Daniel Descalso is manning shortstop in Furcal’s absence.

Carlos Beltran suffered a left-knee injury on a slide Sunday. He took the field the following half-inning hoping a ball was not hit to him, but ultimately left the game. Since July 2, Beltran is hitting only .206 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 199 at-bats.

• Top pitching prospect Shelby Miller is due to join the Cardinals with rosters expanded and may see action in the bullpen -- although it’s conceivable he could end up in the rotation given St. Louis starting pitchers’ recent collective struggles. Miller, 21, was the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of high school in Texas.

Yadier Molina absorbed a wicked plate collision that involved Josh Harrison delivering his shoulder into the catcher’s head last Tuesday in Pittsburgh. But Molina returned to the lineup two days later, in Washington.

Molina is putting up career-high offensive numbers: .322 with 17 homers and 62 RBIs. His average ranks fourth in the National League, trailing suspended leader Melky Cabrera (.346), Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (.344) and San Francisco’s Buster Posey (.329) and leading No. 5 David Wright (.314).

• First baseman Allen Craig (92 games) and third baseman David Freese (117 games) already have logged career-high game totals, so their production in September bears watching.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-1, at Citi Field, June 1-4 (AP game recaps)

Mets 8, Cardinals 0: Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in team history, helped by an umpire's missed call and an outstanding catch in left field by Mike Baxter. More

Mets 5, Cardinals 0: R.A. Dickey (8-1) gave up seven hits, struck out nine and walked none in his third career shutout and first since 2010. David Wright homered. More

Mets 6, Cardinals 1: Jon Niese struck out a career-high 10 in six scoreless innings before he was pulled as a precaution with an elevated heart rate. Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a homer and three RBIs. More

Cardinals 5, Mets 4: Allen Craig hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning against Jon Rauch. More

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 5, Mets 4

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WHAT IT MEANS: No-hitter to their credit? Yes. But the Mets ain’t perfect.

A half-inning after Scott Hairston’s pinch-hitting dramatics, Jon Rauch served up a tiebreaking two-run homer to Allen Craig in the eighth.

The Mets rallied back within a run on Andres Torres’ sacrifice fly a half-inning later. But David Wright then lined out to right field against Jason Motte to leave the tying run at third base and the Mets ultimately fell shy of a four-game sweep of St. Louis with a 5-4 loss in Monday’s matinee finale at Citi Field.

With Washington and Miami idle, the Mets missed a chance to take a half-game lead in the National League East. Instead, the Mets (31-24) head to D.C. for a midweek series trailing the Nats (30-22) and Marlins (31-23) by a half-game.

It nonetheless was a solid weekend for the Mets, who took three of four from St. Louis while enjoying Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter, R.A. Dickey’s follow-up shutout and John Franco’s induction into the team's Hall of Fame.

JOSE WHO? Wright has matched Jose Reyes for the franchise record for runs scored. The moment belonged to Hairston, though.

Pinch-hitting for Ike Davis against left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, Hairston delivered a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh that evened the score at 3. The shot plated Wright.

Wright now has 735 runs scored as a Met, matching Reyes for most in a career with the team. Darryl Strawberry (662), Howard Johnson (627) and Edgardo Alfonzo (614) round out the top five.

OH, GEE: Dillon Gee limited the Cardinals to one run entering the seventh inning, when his arm let him down.

With the score tied at 1, Gee walked Craig and surrendered a single to David Freese to place runners on corners to open the inning. Daniel Descalso then hit a soft comebacker to Gee, and Craig held at third base while Gee began to initiate a double play.

However, Gee skipped the throw and sent it into center field, allowing Craig to score.

After shortstop Omar Quintanilla could not handle a grounder that was ruled an infield hit, Freese later scored on Rafael Furcal’s fielder’s choice grounder as the Cards took a 3-1 lead.

DUDE ABIDES: Lucas Duda got the Mets on the scoreboard in the fourth with his team-leading ninth homer, a solo shot off Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse.

BEL-BOTTOM: Carlos Beltran had a quiet but eventful return to Citi Field. He left two in scoring position with seventh-inning strikeout and went 2-for-18 during the four-game series. It marked his first time opposing the Mets since last July’s trade to San Francisco that netted Zack Wheeler. Beltran's grounder Friday down the third-base line, actually fair, was ruled foul by ump Adrian Johnson and preserved Santana's no-hit bid.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets have a showdown with the Nats in D.C. Chris Young will make his first major league start since May 1, 2011 in Tuesday's series opener, opposite Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.80 ERA). The reconfigured rotation now has Jeremy Hefner opposing Edwin Jackson on Wednesday and Dickey opposing Chien-Ming Wang on Thursday.

Wright flashes glove in return

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David Wright went 1-for-2 at the plate and had a highlight-reel fielding play at third base in his first Grapefruit League game of spring training. He pronounced the effort a success.

Wright, who tore an abdominal muscle early in camp, worked the count full before singling up the middle in the first inning against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook. Wright grounded out to shortstop in his second at-bat.

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"You can do all the conditioning and working out that you want," Wright said. "But, then, playing in a game is different. When you have to get up, get down, get up, get down, trying to prepare for your at-bats the way you do, it's a little different. So I'm sure I'll be a little sore tomorrow.

"Kind of the smaller details of the game I had to think about, rather than just going out and reacting," he continued. "That's what the next week, or nine days or whatever, is for -- just kind of [getting] to where it's a reaction rather than having to think about it too much."

The highlight -- aside from Wright actually playing -- was a diving stop toward the third-base line on a hard grounder off the bat of Rafael Furcal in the second inning. Wright threw in time to first base. He also completed a routine play in the third inning, to his left.

"We need him. There's no question about it," Johan Santana said. "And he made a play right away. I tell him, 'Guard the line.' He did it, just like he always does. It was good to see him back."

Said Wright: "It's a reaction position. You're out there and you can try to think and prepare as much as you want. When it comes down to it, it's reacting to the ball off the bat. I got a pretty good jump on that one. So it was good to get tested. With Johan pitching, I usually see quite a few balls down there. It's good that I got some balls hit to me. And it's good that I got to see some pitches. I went full count the first at-bat. I think it was 2-2 the second at-bat. So I got to see some pitches, too."

Wright departed after logging four innings. He was replaced by Ronny Cedeno.

Terry Collins said Wright would sit out Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, but would definitely reenter the lineup by Wednesday and play two or three straight days -- once, potentially, in a minor league game. Collins wanted Wright to play Monday behind Santana, rather than wait a day for a home game, because the manager knew the southpaw induces a lot of groundballs to third base.

"I can't feel rushed, or I can't feel like I'm up against the clock, to go out there and start cramming innings in, because that's when you get hurt somewhere else," Wright said. "Not just the current thing going on, but also you go out there and start pushing yourself when your body is not ready for it, something else will get hurt."

As for the number of at-bats he needs to be sharp for the season, Wright said: "I don't know. I've always participated fully in spring training. Obviously I'm not going to get that many. But I don't think there's a magic number. I've mentioned before, I missed two months of the season last year, and had about a week of at-bats in minor league games, and felt like I was pretty caught up speed-wise."

Wright even downplayed his single.

"I don't think that's an indication of my timing," Wright said. "I'm going to need a lot of work on that -- or, more work on that."

Said Collins: "He's an integral part of this team, a huge part of this team, and it's great to have him back. He felt very comfortable out there. Actually, I was going to take him out after three, and he wanted to stay in there for the fourth inning of defense. That tells you all about his makeup and the way he approaches it. And that's why we need him in our lineup."

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Mets 5

September, 21, 2011
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WHAT IT MEANS: Pedro Beato had gone unused since last Thursday because Terry Collins said the rookie was suffering from “dead arm.”

Beato’s first action back on the mound went poorly for the Mets … and the Atlanta Braves.

Beato, trying to protect a one-run lead with two out and a pair of inherited runners on base, surrendered a three-run homer to David Freese and the Mets ultimately lost to St. Louis, 6-5.

Miguel Batista and Daniel Herrera were responsible for the runners on base.

The Mets lost their 82nd game, clinching a third straight losing season. St. Louis pulled within 1 games of the wild-card-leading Braves, who lost in Miami.

Willie Harris had a solo homer in the ninth to pull the Mets within a run. It was Harris' first homer since April 3, during the season-opening series at Florida.

ALMOST: In his third major league start, Chris Schwinden departed in position for his first win.

Schwinden exited with a 4-3 lead after tossing six innings. He allowed six hits, two walks (one intentional) and hit a batter while striking out five in a 92-pitch effort.

The Mets scored four unearned runs in the third inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit.

Angel Pagan’s two-out grounder went through Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal’s legs as Schwinden and Jose Reyes scored. Josh Satin, pinch-hitting for Lucas Duda, then delivered a two-run double to left-center against Jaime Garcia.

Schwinden, a 1-for-21 hitter in his minor league career, had notched his first major league hit earlier in the inning.

Duda became dizzy after hitting the right-field wall attempting to catch Freese’s two-run triple in the first inning.

Satin notched his first two career major league RBIs.

REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 and is now tied for the National League batting lead with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun at .330. Braun went 0-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets complete their 2011 road schedule as Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.47 ERA) opposes Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61) in Thursday’s 1:45 p.m. ET series finale. St. Louis will be bidding for its fourth home sweep of the Mets since 2003.

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David Wright
BA HR RBI R
.316 1 11 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 3
RBID. Wright 11
RE. Young Jr. 15
OPSL. Duda .817
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Niese 2.84
SOZ. Wheeler 21

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