• Niese's luck turns around as Mets win series
  • The Mets spotted Jon Niese a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch and a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Niese responded by throwing 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball as the Mets beat the Braves, 4-2.

  • Herrera exits game with right quad strain
  • Dilson Herrera, who legged out an infield hit to third on the play, had to come out of the game in the sixth inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ruben Tejada, who stayed in the game defensively.

  • Mets striving for second-place finish
  • While it may not be discussed, a strong finish and a move up in the standings is very much on the Mets' minds.

  • Collins monitoring youngsters' workloads as season winds down
  • While Terry Collins wouldn't turn down a second-place finish for 2014, he said prior to Saturday's game with the Atlanta Braves that, on the whole, he's more concerned with some of his players finishing, period.

  • deGrom looks to complete sweep, bolster rookie campaign
  • Atlanta's Wild Card have dwindled and New York must win out just to finish above .500. But Ervin Santana is hoping to slow Mets hurler Jacob deGrom, who can bolster his NL Rookie of the Year campaign.

  • Four-hit game eases pressure on Murphy
  • After recording four hits already and having had just one other multihit game in September, it was hard for Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy to be too disappointed when his ninth-inning line drive found Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella's glove in New York's 5-0 win Friday night.

  • Wheeler drives shutout as Duda powers Mets
  • The New York Mets shut out the Atlanta Braves, 5-0, in the series opener Friday night at Turner Field as Zack Wheeler went six innings and Lucas Duda provided a decisive two-run homer in the sixth inning.

  • Mets hoping Lagares can return before curtain
  • The Mets continue to be without outfielder Juan Lagares after he sprained his right elbow in Tuesday's game, threatening to keep him out for the remainder of the season.

  • Nieuwenhuis rests after passing kidney stone
  • Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis sat out of Friday's lineup against the Braves at Turner Field after passing a kidney stone on Thursday.

  • Backman joins Mets' coaching staff in Atlanta
  • After playing a huge part in the development of many of the New York Mets' younger players, Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman is getting an up-close look at his young pupils over the final 10 days of the season, joining the coaching staff in Atlanta on Friday.

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