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Friday, August 31, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Second Series, In Philly, Niese, Wright's Sacrifice, Turner, Familia, Binghamton

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets won their second consecutive series, taking two of three from the Phillies. Their five-game winning streak in Philadelphia was snapped with Wednesday's loss. It was the longest single-season win streak by the Mets in Philadelphia since they won five straight in 1972.

The Mets finished the Philadelphia portion of the season series with a 7-2 record at Citizens Bank Park. That fell one win shy of matching their most in a season in the City of Brotherly Love. In 1972, the Mets went 8-1 at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies' former home.

Yesterday Mets Pitcher Jon Niese was charged with three runs in six innings while trying to overcome the flu.

"Right now I pretty much just have a cough," Niese said. "I'm just hacking up some stuff. I really didn't feel like I had much energy out there today. I just battled through it. I had to execute pitches when I needed to. You know going in that you're not going to have it, but it's one of those things where you've got to get it done."

David Wright's sacrifice fly in Tuesday's win gave him 58 for his career, tying Ed Kranepool's club record.

It was the seventh time in his career that Wright tied a game with a sacrifice fly, tying Lee Mazzilli for the most-game-tying sacrifice flies in Mets history. He already has the most go-ahead sacrifice flies with 18, one more Kranepool.

Justin Turner was hit in the head with a pitch from Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning but professed being OK.

"I'm OK. Don't worry about it," Turner said. "... I got up and ran to first. I'm fine. The one that hit me in the elbow hurt more than that, about a week ago."

Jeurys Familia matched a season high with nine strikeouts as Buffalo beat Rochester, 10-3.

Binghamton has signed on as the Mets' Double-A affiliate for another four years.

They have been partners since Binghamton joined the Eastern League in 1992, after being relocated from Williamsport, Pa.

The Mets are likely to switch Triple-A affiliates, though. Buffalo appears inclined to align with the Blue Jays, leaving the Mets potentially headed for Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League.

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