Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

October-Mets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

October-Mets

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PHILADELPHIA - The Mets' season will not end Sunday.

The Mets guaranteed at least a spot in a play-in game by beating the Phillies, 5-1, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The magic number for a wild-card berth was one pending the result of the Pirates-Cardinals game later Friday night.

A St. Louis loss in that game would put the Mets in the playoffs.

Robert Gsellman (4-2) fired six innings of one-run ball while Jay Bruce added three RBI, including his third homer in as many games.

The Mets entered this weekend series in control of their own destiny thanks to an MLB-best 25-12 surge since Aug. 20. They were 60-62 entering that day after losing to the Giants the previous night and trailed the second wild-card spot by 5 1/2 games, but persevered through their injuries to make a run.

The offense started clicking as players returned from the disabled list, and two rookies asked to step into the rotation - Gsellman and Seth Lugo - provided continuous quality outings.

Manager Terry Collins said he would not have guessed the Mets would be in this position considering three starters in the opening day rotation are lost for the season.

"This game is pitching, and it tells you this organization has done a tremendous job of stockpiling some pretty good pitching," Collins said before the game. "We traded a bunch of them last year to get us to the World Series and yet we still had Gsellman and Lugo and guys who have come in this year and saved us, literally saved us with all the injuries we've had to our pitching."

Gsellman once again delivered Friday, continuing his mastery of a team he blanked over seven scoreless innings just five days prior. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven, and held the Phillies 0- for-4 with runners in scoring position to stymie both of their rallies against him.

Philadelphia had runners on second and third with no outs in the second, but Gsellman allowed just one run on a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. …

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