• For the third time this season, Manuel separated Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the lineup, with the right-handed-hitting Michael Young in the No. 3 spot.
"[The Mets] have three lefties in the 'pen and I have a feeling we are going to be seeing them," said the manager. "I like to have a right-handed hitter in between them, I think that's really important. Now, if we want to go out and start banging lefties, I might line them all up and let them go."
• When the Pirates rallied from behind to win the final two games of the series this week in Philadelphia, it was only the second time in 60 years that a Phillies opponent had come from behind in the seventh inning or later to win consecutive contests. The Mets did it May 8-9 of last season.
Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.