The Mets came back . . . and back and back last night

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Not sure how to feel about this weird new universe in which things just always go the right way for the New York Mets, but I suppose we’ll get used to it.

Take last night for example. If I told you, even a couple of weeks ago, that the Mets would have only one run through seven innings and then find themselves behind three times, what odds would you have put on them winning the game? Pretty low, right? Twenty percent? Ten? It’s the Mets we’re talking about here. The old Mets, maybe. The new Mets win when they’re behind. They win in dramatic fashion. They just seem to do nothing but win.

Last night they came back from behind in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped by rookie Michael Conforto hitting a game-tying double in the ninth and then, three batters later, new hero Wilmer Flores hit the a go-ahead single. It was the Mets’ seventh straight victory. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team trailed and eithe tied or took the lead in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a nine-inning win since the Yankees did it in beating the Blue Jays on August 23, 2005.

Meanwhile, Washington snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Colorado Rockies, blowing a 4-0 lead that held until the seventh inning. That one was topped off by a Carlos Gonzalez three-run homer off of Drew Storen in the eighth inning.

Entering last weekend’s series against Washington, the Mets trailed by three games. Now they sports a two and a half game lead in the NL East. Can’t keep ’em down.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.