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Mets punt Sunday’s game against the Braves, win anyway

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The Mets appeared to be punting Sunday’s series finale against the Braves at Turner Field, as Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud, and David Wright were all held out of the starting lineup for some well-deserved rest. Then they kicked away a 4-3 lead, allowing a run in the seventh and three more in the eighth, falling behind 7-4.

But the Mets, one of the better second-half storylines, didn’t die. With two outs in the top of the ninth, second baseman Daniel Murphy tied the game back up at 7-7, blasting a three-run home run to right-center field off of reliever Ryan Kelly.

Then the Braves, one of the most disappointing teams of the second half, did what they did best: they lost. In the top of the 10th, reliever Edwin Jackson got two quick outs, but allowed a walk and a single. Kevin Plawecki then ripped a ground ball to Hector Olivera, who appeared to have the final out of the inning wrapped up… but he threw wide to second base. The safe call was upheld upon review and the Mets took an 8-7 lead. Jackson then walked Juan Lagares to load the bases, and followed up with a walk to Curtis Granderson to force in a run. Danny Burawa relieved Jackson, but walked the first batter he faced to force in yet another run. Mets reliever Addison Reed entered the game in the bottom half of the 10th and had a harmless frame to get the save.

The Mets now have 82 wins on the season, officially securing their first winning season since 2008. They remain 9.5 games ahead of the Nationals for first place in the NL East.

Here’s video of Olivera’s throw, which was reviewed in the 10th:

Hunter Pence exits game with apparent injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.