Gem Morrison: Front-row catch outstanding

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Gem Morrison: Front-row catch outstanding

A lot of things can get in the way of even the best efforts to catch a baseball: the sun, the Turf Monster, a failure to communicate. At the top of that list, though, is the stadium itself. If a ball's out of play, it's out of play, right? How could a fielder manage to shift space and time?

Easy: Simply locate the barricade, and proceed to stop, drop and roll into the laps of unsuspecting Dodgers fans -- just like Logan Morrison did during Tampa Bay's 3-1 win over L.A. on Wednesday.

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Trade Deadline: Lucroy talks intensifying?

Trade Deadline: Lucroy talks intensifying?

Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Monday at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Lucroy talks intensifying
Trade talks are heating up surrounding one of the biggest fish left in the trade market, Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Wednesday.

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Jim Callis

Bregman No. 1 on midseason Top 100 Prospects list

Astros' top 2015 Draft pick followed by Moncada, Crawford, Giolito, Swanson

Bregman No. 1 on midseason Top 100 Prospects list

A great year keeps getting better and better for Astros rookie Alex Bregman.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 Draft opened the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he hit .297 with 14 homers in 62 games, and was leading the Texas League in on-base percentage (.415) and slugging (.559) before he was promoted to Triple-A Fresno in late June. He homered five times in his first eight Triple-A games before taking a weekend off to go collect three hits -- two for extra bases -- at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Saves history not in the Cards for Familia

Saves history not in the Cards for Familia

NEW YORK -- Their star pitcher had been bested. All their momentum had vanished. To beat the Mets in spite of all that on Wednesday night, the Cardinals would need to topple All-Star closer Jeurys Familia, which no team had done in the regular season in nearly a year.

It happened quickly and decisively, reducing Familia's saves streak to rubble. With two runs in the ninth, the Cardinals stole a 5-4 game and a series victory from the Mets, winning two of three in a matchup of prime National League Wild Card contenders. The win vaulted the Cardinals past the Mets in the standings and within one game of the Marlins, who currently hold the league's second Wild Card spot.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York who covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Manfred to youth: Follow baseball to college

Manfred to youth: Follow baseball to college

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Nolan Brown hopes to one day attend college near his hometown of Long Beach, Calif. But the 16-year-old might not be able to do so without baseball.

"For me, I'm trying to go to college and graduate from college. Baseball is a big part of that," he said. "I'm trying to use baseball to help me get through college."

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs power up with 3 HRs to surge past White Sox

Cubs power up with 3 HRs to surge past White Sox

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon's doorman won't have to take any grief from his White Sox friends, at least for one day. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer, Javier Baez smacked a tiebreaking two-run blast in the seventh and Addison Russell added his first career grand slam in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman had an impressive debut to lift the Cubs to an 8-1 Interleague victory over the White Sox on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Ranaudo gave White Sox fans something to cheer about in the fifth when he collected his first career hit and home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel. Ranaudo threw five no-hit innings, which Bryant ended with his blast with one out in the sixth.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Strasburg silences Tribe, improves to 14-1

Strasburg silences Tribe, improves to 14-1

CLEVELAND -- In the aftermath of a second consecutive blown save, the Nationals needed a strong showing from starter Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander delivered, stifling the Indians in a 4-1 win Wednesday afternoon to split the two-game Interleague set at Progressive Field.

Strasburg (14-1) spun seven scoreless frames and allowed just three hits, including two by Jose Ramirez. Strasburg whiffed seven and walked just two, bouncing back from his previous outing, in which he allowed six runs on seven hits.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Sale returns for Crosstown Classic finale on MLB.TV

Dee Gordon rejoins Marlins; deGrom takes the hill

Sale returns for Crosstown Classic finale on MLB.TV

The White Sox and Cubs conclude the Crosstown Classic on the North side of Chicago today, when Chris Sale joins this Interleague rivalry.

Sale, who was scratched from his start Saturday after a clubhouse incident and subsequently suspended five games for insubordination, will return to the mound in the finale, starting opposite the Cubs' John Lackey in the fourth and final meeting between these Windy City clubs. This Wrigley Field matchup and the rest of the day's nine-game slate is available for streaming live on MLB.TV.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

Angels manager argues Royals baserunner interfered on throw to first

Scioscia protests game after lengthy dispute

KANSAS CITY -- The official rule book sat on the desk of Mike Scioscia's office from Kauffman Stadium late Wednesday night, half open and lying flat moments after the Angels filed a protest for a game they lost, 7-5.

Shortly after Scioscia's media scrum, the umpire responsible for his gripe, Phil Cuzzi, met with the Angels' manager behind closed doors for about a half-hour, hashing out a critical seventh-inning play that featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker that might have cost the Angels a sweep.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Cubs, A's in discussions for Reddick

Chicago considering deal for A's Reddick, among others

Cubs, A's in discussions for Reddick

Now that the Chicago Cubs have addressed their bullpen with the acquisitions of Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery, they've shifted focus to another area of need: the outfield.

The Cubs have had talks with the Oakland A's about right fielder Josh Reddick, according to sources. Along with Cincinnati's Jay Bruce and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, Reddick is on a short list of prominent outfield bats who could be dealt prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rasmus, McCullers power Astros past Yanks

Rasmus, McCullers power Astros past Yanks

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 slump at an opportune time.

Rasmus, whose seven-game hitless streak tied his career high, cranked a two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday night off Masahiro Tanaka to back a strong start from Lance McCullers Jr. and send the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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After striking out for a third time, Miguel Sano got very angry at his bat

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After striking out for a third time, Miguel Sano got very angry at his bat

During the Twins' 9-7 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night, Miguel Sano struck out three times. As expected, Sano was not happy about striking out three times. And when a man with such immense strength is not happy about something, events such as the below tend to ensue.

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2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. Of the 316 players selected during the first 10 rounds, only two of them did not sign:

41. Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP
217. Astros: Tyler Buffett, RHP

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Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

Miggy's HR propels Tigers to Fenway sweep

BOSTON -- Before the Tigers took Wednesday's series finale, 4-3, at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were the only team in the Major Leagues that had gone all of 2016 without being swept. Miguel Cabrera mauled the go-ahead home run in the ninth to make sure the Red Sox joined the ranks of the swept. It was his 21st homer of the year and his 12th go-ahead shot in the ninth inning or later over the last 10 seasons, most in the Major Leagues.

"It became electric in the dugout instantaneously," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was tough to get the ball out to right today. The wind was kind of blowing in from left field, Miggy hit it low enough and hard that he was able to cut it through the wind. But most stuff hit that way was getting knocked down."

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Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Tigers on Wednesday.

Aaron Leibowitz is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

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Off field, Heaney finds balance in meditation

Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Angels southpaw at peace while on mend

Off field, Heaney finds balance in meditation

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney isn't necessarily superstitious, but he is strict about his routine, as most tend to be in his walk of life. Just before walking onto the field for one of his starts, he'll sit on the chair in front of his locker and tie the laces of his cleats, first the one on the right and then the one on the left. Then Heaney will close his eyes, take a deep breath and start to visualize how he's going to attack the opposing lineup.

"It only takes a minute, two minutes," Heaney said. "To other people, it looks like I'm just sitting in my chair lacing up my cleats. But for me, it's something that I've always done. I don't know if you call it meditation, but it's definitely positive visualization."

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins unveil 2017 All-Star Game logo

Next year's Midsummer Classic to be played at Marlins Park in Miami

Marlins unveil 2017 All-Star Game logo

MIAMI -- It's sleek and stylish and befitting the venue that it now is prominently displayed.

Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins on Wednesday morning unveiled the logo for the 2017 All-Star Game, and with its bright colors it matches perfectly with the rest of the décor at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aroldis leaves Cubs in awe with perfect debut

New closer strikes out two of three White Sox in non-save situation

Aroldis leaves Cubs in awe with perfect debut

CHICAGO -- The 41,166 fans at Wrigley Field weren't the only ones eager to see the radar-gun readings from Aroldis Chapman in his Cubs debut. The Cubs' players and manager Joe Maddon were peeking, too.

Chapman didn't disappoint, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to preserve the Cubs' 8-1 Interleague win over the White Sox on Wednesday night. It may not have been a save situation, but everyone in the lower seating bowl of the ballpark was on their feet as soon as the left-hander entered.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ranaudo the first AL pitcher to homer in 2016

Righty also the first White Sox hurler to go deep vs. Cubs in Interleague Play

Ranaudo the first AL pitcher to homer in 2016

CHICAGO -- Eight runs scored by the Cubs over the last three innings Wednesday night at Wrigley Field gave the North Siders their first victory in three games against the White Sox this season.

But in the 8-1 defeat, Anthony Ranaudo's White Sox debut stood as one of night's main stories.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wild Card-holding Fish overwhelm Phils

Wild Card-holding Fish overwhelm Phils

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton sparked a big day for the Marlins with a spectacular catch and his 22nd home run as Adam Conley continued his dominance at home in the Marlins' 11-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Stanton robbed Tommy Joseph to end the top of the first with a leaping grab at the wall in right field, then capped a three-run bottom of the first with a homer to left-center. The Marlins cruised from there, collecting 16 hits, including three from Don Kelly, who had two triples and two RBIs.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Wednesday.

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Rosales extends Padres' HR streak to 25 games

Rosales, Wallace, Dickerson go deep in Padres' 25th straight game

Rosales extends Padres' HR streak to 25 games

TORONTO -- It's been over a month since the Padres played a baseball game in which they didn't leave the yard.

And as they've approached baseball's all-time record home run streak, the Padres have found power sources throughout their entire roster. That was never more evident than Wednesday in their 8-4 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hot bats help Cole Train go distance vs. M's

Hot bats help Cole Train go distance vs. M's

PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole watched Josh Harrison start a double play from his back, following Kyle Seager's ground ball from Harrison to shortstop Jordy Mercer to first baseman David Freese. Cole raised both arms above his head and walked off the mound, calmly celebrating his first professional complete game after leading the Pirates to a 10-1 win over the Mariners at PNC Park on Wednesday night.

"It was good. It was a really good feeling," Cole said. "Especially to end it on such a cool play, that was really nice."
 

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Bruce's homer spoils Bumgarner's strong start

Bruce's homer spoils Bumgarner's strong start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been excellent this season, but he can't do it all on his own. Despite his eight innings with two runs allowed, it was still enough to be overcome by the Reds, who left town with a 2-1 victory and two of three games in the series. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 games since the All-Star break but clings to a 2 1/2-game lead in the National League West.

"It's disappointing when you have your starter throw like that," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Just couldn't get it going offensively. That's a tough one."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Street well aware he's a trade target

Angels closer focusing on improving numbers

Street well aware he's a trade target

KANSAS CITY -- Most players will claim, whether it's true or not, that they do not read the things that are written about them.

Not Huston Street.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis homers twice as A's rally in Texas

Davis homers twice as A's rally in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Khris Davis and Coco Crisp each belted two-run homers off Rangers reliever Matt Bush in the eighth inning to send the A's to a 6-4 win in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The A's, who totaled three homers for the second straight night, have won all four of their series since the All-Star break, while the American League West-leading Rangers have won just one.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mondesi's first career hit helps KC halt Halos

Mondesi's first career hit helps KC halt Halos

KANSAS CITY -- Royals rookie Raul Mondesi has another reason to remember his first Major League hit -- it helped win a game on his 21st birthday.

Mondesi's bunt single helped trigger a four-run seventh that rallied the Royals to a 7-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday night, snapping their four-game losing streak. The Angels played the game under protest because of what manager Mike Scioscia believed was a misinterpretation of the rules on Mondesi's eventual hit.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Strained hamstrings straining Astros' bench

Strained hamstrings straining Astros' bench

HOUSTON -- The Astros have lost two players in the past two games to strained right hamstrings, and now their roster is becoming strained.

One day after infielder Luis Valbuena strained his hamstring running to first base, center fielder Carlos Gomez suffered the same injury sliding into second base in the second inning of Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Both players are listed as day to day.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman erupts as Braves hold off Twins

Freeman erupts as Braves hold off Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins wanted to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of their dramatic victory over Atlanta in the 1991 World Series, but Freddie Freeman and the Braves decided to crash the party with a 9-7 victory.

Freeman tied career highs with four hits and five RBIs as the Braves chased Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the second inning. Atlanta took an early 7-0 lead before holding off a furious Minnesota comeback for a 9-7 victory at Target Field on Wednesday night, winning both games in a short Interleague series.

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Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Wednesday.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Hundley, Dahl power Rockies, Gray over O's

Hundley, Dahl power Rockies, Gray over O's

BALTIMORE -- Rockies rookie Jon Gray pitched a dominant seven innings to lead a red-hot Colorado team to Wednesday's 3-1 series win over the American League East-leading Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Fresh off a series sweep against Atlanta, the Rockies have now won six of their past seven games.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Rangers land Harrell from Braves for prospect

Atlanta also sends reliever Alvarez to Texas in deal for infielder Demeritte

Rangers land Harrell from Braves for prospect

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

The Rangers may not be done in their search for starting pitching, as they continue to scout the Rays and other teams with available starters before Monday's Trade Deadline.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Approaching history, Familia sees streak end

Mets closer blows first regular-season save in 53 chances

Approaching history, Familia sees streak end

NEW YORK -- A Mets team starved for magic received a hatful of it in the seventh inning on Wednesday night at Citi Field, when Yoenis Cespedes parked a go-ahead, two-run homer off the second deck in left-center field to turn a seemingly inevitable loss into a probable win.

"Suddenly, the whole game got set up in our favor," manager Terry Collins said afterward, lamenting what happened next in a 5-4 Mets defeat. "You've got the eighth and the ninth innings set up pretty good, you think. Then the Cardinals show you why they're a good team."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.