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Vargas returns to form as Mets win 4th straight

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NEW YORK -- Of all the statistics capable of explaining the Mets' inconsistencies this season, perhaps none is more telling than this: Entering Monday's play, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA. All other Mets starters were 3-11 with a 6.37 mark.

Reluctant to criticize, even manager Mickey Callaway has admitted that the Mets won't improve if others don't contribute. He may as well have been speaking directly to Jason Vargas, whose two-year, $16 million contract came with expectations that he would be a stabilizing force for the back half of the rotation.

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NEW YORK -- Of all the statistics capable of explaining the Mets' inconsistencies this season, perhaps none is more telling than this: Entering Monday's play, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA. All other Mets starters were 3-11 with a 6.37 mark.

Reluctant to criticize, even manager Mickey Callaway has admitted that the Mets won't improve if others don't contribute. He may as well have been speaking directly to Jason Vargas, whose two-year, $16 million contract came with expectations that he would be a stabilizing force for the back half of the rotation.

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Through his first three starts, Vargas was anything but, posting a 13.86 ERA that prompted the Mets to skip his next outing, arrange a simulated game and pray it would be enough for Vargas to right itself.

One start may not provide definitive proof that it worked, particularly against the league's bottom-ranked offense. But Vargas gave the Mets easily his best start of the season in Monday night's 2-0 win over the Marlins -- their fourth straight -- striking out seven over five innings at Citi Field.

"That was much more Vargas-like," Callaway said. "Obviously I've been watching him for quite some time, and that's what I remember."

Video: MIA@NYM: Callaway talks Vargas' command in 2-0 win

Perfect his first time through the batting order, Vargas did not allow a baserunner until Martin Prado led off the fourth with a single. He permitted another hit and a walk in the fifth, stranding both runners on base, before the Mets removed him for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

"I thought his changeup had good depth to it," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't do a lot."

At the time of Vargas' departure, the Mets led, 1-0, thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's third-inning RBI double. That was all Marlins starter Elieser Hernandez allowed in five innings, but the Mets added an unearned insurance run on Wilmer Flores' pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh.

Video: MIA@NYM: Flores smacks pinch-hit RBI single to right

It added up to a breezy victory for the Mets, who had not won consecutive games in over a month until their current four-game streak. Syndergaard and deGrom, whom the Mets recently split up in their rotation, started two of the four, each winning in dominant fashion. But to build a streak, Callaway knew, the Mets would need value from elsewhere in their rotation.

Enter Vargas, who broke a bone in his glove hand in Spring Training, missing the first month of the regular season and struggling enough upon his return that his rotation spot came into question. Spending the gap between starts trying to add life to his pitches, Vargas returned to the mound armed with better command and sharper stuff; he generated eight swings and misses on 37 changeups, throwing 53 percent offspeed pitches.

In the process, Vargas lowered his ERA from 13.86 to 9.87.

"It wasn't necessarily something that had never happened before," Vargas said of his struggles. "I could definitely look at the bigger picture and understand that I've done this a lot of times. You have questions in your mind each time when you go out what's going to happen, because no matter how good your stuff is or how bad it is, anything can happen that night. But it was really nice to get off to an early rhythm."

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Almost immediately after Vargas exited, things threatened to unravel for the Mets. After retiring the first two batters of the sixth inning, Paul Sewald allowed a walk and a hit, then lefty specialist Jerry Blevins walked Justin Bour to load the bases. The Mets' third pitcher of the inning, AJ Ramos, ran the count on pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich to 2-0 -- the first ball coming on a cross-up with catcher Devin Mesoraco -- before roaring back to strike out his former teammate and end the inning.

"I was in control of that whole situation," Ramos said. "I didn't feel like I was under pressure. I think when you have a good feel for the zone, you know where the ball's going, you're just trying to figure out a way to get him out. I was able to do that tonight."

Video: MIA@NYM: Ramos K's Dietrich to leaves the bases full

SOUND SMART
With a different teammate on the basepaths, Cabrera's third-inning double might not have resulted in an RBI. As it was, Amed Rosario blazed from first to home in 9.02 seconds, the fastest such time of any Mets player in the four years Statcast™ has been recording data. Rosario reached a top speed of 29.4 feet per second -- an elite number -- on the play.

"He can be a superstar," Cabrera said. "He has the talents to be a very good player."

Video: MIA@NYM: Amed sprints 29.4 ft/sec to score from first

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Both reliever Seth Lugo's scoreless streak, which reached a career-best 14 innings, and the Mets' shutout bid came into jeopardy when Starlin Castro hit a two-out triple in the eighth. The next batter, Brian Anderson, sent a 104.7-mph liner screaming into left field, where Brandon Nimmo laid out to snare it. The ball had a 45-percent catch probability, according to Statcast™.

"I thought I wasn't going to have to dive for it, but then it had a little topspin to it, and that's what made me go to the ground," Nimmo said. "I'm just glad whenever it goes in there and stays in the glove. But it's nice to have a diving catch every now and then, too."

Video: MIA@NYM: Nimmo makes a great diving grab in the 8th

FROM THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Crouched behind the plate in the fourth, Mesoraco took an Anderson backswing off his left elbow. He didn't think much of it at the time, but he discussed the issue on-field with assistant trainer Joe Golia when his arm began swelling up several innings later -- the result, Mesoraco believes, of a burst fluid sac in the elbow. Mesoraco stayed in the game and later underwent X-rays, which were negative. He is day to day with a bruise.

"Other than stiff, it's fine," Mesoraco. "No issues. Should be good."

Video: MIA@NYM: Mesoraco gets arm looked at, stays in game

HE SAID IT
"That's the reason we signed him, because we felt like we're going to know what we get with him. He's going to go out there and throw strikes. He's going to compete. He's going to keep you in the game, even if it's only for five innings." -- Callaway, on Vargas

UP NEXT
Another Mets pitcher who could use a change of fortune is Zack Wheeler, who has allowed 15 runs in his last three starts. Wheeler will take on left-hander Caleb Smith when the Mets and Marlins return to Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Mets allowing Reyes to work through slide

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NEW YORK -- Although Jose Reyes endured a poor start to last season, by mid-May he was already making up for it, well on his way to a productive campaign. This year, that rebound has not occurred. Reyes is in an 0-for-8 slide and is 2-for-22 in May. Combined with his 0-for-20 skid to open the season, Reyes is batting just .132 with a .367 OPS.

Yet team officials have indicated no urgent desire to cut ties with Reyes, 34, who signed a $2 million deal to return to the Mets this offseason. When asked specifically if Reyes should be worried about his roster spot, manager Mickey Callaway offered modest support, though he twice mentioned that the decision is above his pay grade.

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NEW YORK -- Although Jose Reyes endured a poor start to last season, by mid-May he was already making up for it, well on his way to a productive campaign. This year, that rebound has not occurred. Reyes is in an 0-for-8 slide and is 2-for-22 in May. Combined with his 0-for-20 skid to open the season, Reyes is batting just .132 with a .367 OPS.

Yet team officials have indicated no urgent desire to cut ties with Reyes, 34, who signed a $2 million deal to return to the Mets this offseason. When asked specifically if Reyes should be worried about his roster spot, manager Mickey Callaway offered modest support, though he twice mentioned that the decision is above his pay grade.

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"That's not, probably, my decision to make," Callaway said. "We signed Reyes to do a job. I have to continue to put him out there to allow him to do that job. I think there's more baseball left in Jose. But I don't really make all those roster decisions. I obviously have feedback. As far as I'm concerned, Jose's a big part of this team. I'll continue to go out there and allow him to try to have some success."

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Reyes should be safe for at least this week, with injuries creating holes on the Mets' roster. When Todd Frazier returns from the disabled list, the Mets may have to look harder at the issue, deciding whether it is worth keeping Reyes over 10th-ranked prospect Luis Guillorme.

Twice in two days, Guillorme has drawn starts instead of Reyes, who went 0-for-4 the last time Callaway put him in the lineup. Guillorme is also considered one of the best infield defenders in the entire Mets organization, making him a potentially valuable bench piece even after Frazier returns.

Slow progress
For the first time since straining his left hamstring earlier this month, Frazier took batting practice, though he still has not attempted to run at full speed. Frazier will need to do so before he begins a Minor League rehab assignment, meaning his return is not imminent.

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is making slower progress, despite the Mets' indecision about putting him on the DL in the first place. Cespedes is still just receiving treatment, without attempting baseball activities.

Cespedes (mild strain of right hip flexor) has not discussed the severity of his injury since first sustaining it on May 6; team PR staffers have said Cespedes was unavailable to speak on more than a half-dozen occasions since that time, though he remains in New York with the club.

When asked what progress Cespedes has made, Callaway said: "I'm not sure at this point."

Veteran interest
The Mets appear to have at least some interest in signing veteran slugger Jose Bautista, according to multiple industry sources. Bautista, whom the Braves released last weekend, hit just .143 with a .593 OPS in 12 games for Atlanta. He knocked 23 home runs last year for the Blue Jays, but batted just .203. The last of Bautista's six consecutive All-Star appearances came in 2015.

A career .249 hitter with 333 home runs, Bautista has played first base, third base and right field in recent years.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Cabrera's pinch HR helps Mets sweep D-backs

Rosario goes back-to-back with second baseman for multi-homer game
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NEW YORK -- In the National League, Asdrubal Cabrera says, "there's never a day off." Even when Cabrera arrived at Citi Field on Sunday and saw his name not listed on the lineup card for just the third time in 42 games, Cabrera knew there was a good chance he would play. By the middle innings, with the Mets locked in a tie game, Cabrera began warming for an opportunity he considered inevitable.

All season, the Mets have relied on Cabrera, their most consistent hitter, as others have slumped or succumbed to injuries. They did so again on Sunday, when Cabrera's pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh lifted the Mets to a 4-1 win over the D-backs.

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NEW YORK -- In the National League, Asdrubal Cabrera says, "there's never a day off." Even when Cabrera arrived at Citi Field on Sunday and saw his name not listed on the lineup card for just the third time in 42 games, Cabrera knew there was a good chance he would play. By the middle innings, with the Mets locked in a tie game, Cabrera began warming for an opportunity he considered inevitable.

All season, the Mets have relied on Cabrera, their most consistent hitter, as others have slumped or succumbed to injuries. They did so again on Sunday, when Cabrera's pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh lifted the Mets to a 4-1 win over the D-backs.

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Amed Rosario also notched his first two homers this season for the Mets, who capped their first series sweep of at least three games at Citi Field since 2016.

Video: ARI@NYM: Rosario belts his 1st home run of 2018

"Those are the things that we were missing," manager Mickey Callaway said. "Today's game, for six or seven innings, looked like the games that we've been playing for the last six weeks. … We just hadn't been getting those timely hits that we need to win games. We've been getting those [kinds of hits] the last few days."

For the first five innings, the Mets accomplished little against Clay Buchholz, whom the D-backs recently signed to a Minor League deal. In his season debut, the former Red Sox All-Star kept the Mets scoreless, until Rosario led off the sixth with his first home run since last August.

Video: ARI@NYM: Rosario launches 2nd HR to go back-to-back

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo did not let Buchholz face another batter, turning the game over to a bullpen that held the Mets scoreless until Cabrera came to the plate with a man on base and two outs in the seventh. Facing Jorge De La Rosa, Cabrera lifted a 2-2 cutter over the left-field fence for his seventh homer.

"We've got to keep fighting," said Cabrera, whose .321 average ranks fifth in the National League. "We've got to come every day to do our best to win the games."

Following Cabrera's home run with his second long ball of the game, Rosario helped make a winner out of Noah Syndergaard, who struck out seven over seven innings. The only blemish against Syndergaard came in the second inning, when the D-backs turned two hits and a groundout into a run-scoring rally.

Video: ARI@NYM: Syndergaard throws 7 innings of 1-run ball

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said. "We had kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bruce cuts down run at home: Arizona's best chance to extend its lead came after Jeff Mathis reached on an error to lead off the fifth inning, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, David Peralta, laced a single to right field, where Jay Bruce scooped it up and fired a 91.3-mph strike to home plate, according to Statcast™ data. The throw gave plenty of time for catcher Tomas Nido to apply the tag, cutting down what would have been the game's second run.

Video: ARI@NYM: Bruce's strong throw gets Mathis at home

Un-Familia closer: Disinclined to use closer Jeurys Familia for a third straight day, Callaway instead allowed Robert Gsellman to return to the mound for the ninth inning after retiring the final two batters of the eighth. Facing the heart of Arizona's batting order, including perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt, Gsellman struck out the side on 15 pitches.

Video: ARI@NYM: Gsellman K's Dyson for his 1st career save

SOUND SMART
Rosario (22 years, 181 days old) became the youngest Mets player to homer at least twice in a game since Lastings Milledge (22 years, 177 days) on Sept. 29, 2007. He also became the fourth Met to homer twice from the ninth spot in the lineup, joining Curtis Granderson, Syndergaard and Walt Terrell.

HE SAID IT
"It's amazing that we won all three. This team has confidence." -- Rosario

UP NEXT
The Mets skipped Jason Vargas' last turn through the rotation, trying to shake him out of the season-opening funk that saw him go 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA in three outings. He'll return to the Citi Field mound to open a three-game series Monday against the Marlins, who will counter with right-hander Elieser Hernandez in the 7:10 p.m. ET game.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Rosario launches first two homers of season

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NEW YORK -- For most of this season, the Mets have penciled in Amed Rosario at the bottom of their lineup, hitting him ninth in a role that manager Mickey Callaway has described as "training wheels" for the former top prospect.

It hasn't always yielded the results the team hoped. Rosario entered Sunday's game in an 0-for-11 funk, with just three extra-base hits in his last 21 games. But he broke out with solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings of the Mets' 4-1 win over the D-backs, his first home runs since last August.

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NEW YORK -- For most of this season, the Mets have penciled in Amed Rosario at the bottom of their lineup, hitting him ninth in a role that manager Mickey Callaway has described as "training wheels" for the former top prospect.

It hasn't always yielded the results the team hoped. Rosario entered Sunday's game in an 0-for-11 funk, with just three extra-base hits in his last 21 games. But he broke out with solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings of the Mets' 4-1 win over the D-backs, his first home runs since last August.

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"For me, it was amazing," Rosario said. "I'm feeling great."

Looking for a fastball when he came to the plate to lead off the sixth inning, Rosario adjusted on the fly when D-backs starter Clay Buchholz threw him a curve, hitting it a projected 396 feet to left, according to Statcast™. An inning later, he followed Asdrubal Cabrera's go-ahead homer with a long ball of his own, capping the first multi-homer game of his career.

Video: ARI@NYM: Rosario belts his 1st home run of 2018

In its own niche, that was historic; at 22 years, 181 days old, Rosario became the youngest Mets player with a multi-homer game since Lastings Milledge in 2007. The other Mets to accomplish the feat at that age or younger were Jose Reyes, David Wright, Gregg Jefferies, Darryl Strawberry, Ed Kranepool and Ron Swoboda.

"I feel really good about him," Cabrera said. "He's the kid who comes every day to try to learn and to try to get better."

Considering Rosario has been in the Majors for almost a year, it is easy to forget that he remains one of the 10 youngest players in Major League Baseball. (For comparison's sake, fourth-ranked Mets prospect Peter Alonso, who has garnered rave reviews at Double-A Binghamton, is 11 months older than him.) Early in Rosario's tenure, the Mets have done their best to shelter him: batting him ninth, surrounding him with veteran influences such as Cabrera and Reyes and offering him extra work and tutelage. Before most games, Rosario comes out to the field early for one-on-one sessions with a member of the training staff, or for early batting practice with hitting coach Pat Roessler.

The inconsistent results have been notable more because of what fellow youngsters Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Gleyber Torres and others have accomplished in short times as big leaguers. Rosario has been slower to find success at the Major League level.

But it doesn't mean he's doomed to never find it.

"Obviously, Rosie's still a very young player, and needs further development," Callaway said. "We know he has the raw potential, but he'll continue to develop. I think something like this today, two homers, can really kind of get him into a spot where he gets a lot of confidence going, and kind of rides that for a while."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Mets trying Smith out in right field

First baseman could provide valuable OF depth after Lagares injury
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NEW YORK -- Shortly after the Mets learned last week that Juan Lagares will miss the rest of this season due to a torn toe ligament in his left foot, team officials gathered to discuss their options. Beyond the Mets' top three healthy outfielders, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, their depth chart consisted of Phillip Evans and Wilmer Flores -- both infielders by trade despite their recent dabblings in the outfield. At Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets do not boast any high-level outfield prospects.

As manager Mickey Callaway put it: "We don't have many outfielders."

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NEW YORK -- Shortly after the Mets learned last week that Juan Lagares will miss the rest of this season due to a torn toe ligament in his left foot, team officials gathered to discuss their options. Beyond the Mets' top three healthy outfielders, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, their depth chart consisted of Phillip Evans and Wilmer Flores -- both infielders by trade despite their recent dabblings in the outfield. At Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets do not boast any high-level outfield prospects.

As manager Mickey Callaway put it: "We don't have many outfielders."

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So the Mets did something about it, using first baseman Dominic Smith in right field at Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday for the first time in his professional career. Smith, who has spent most of this season in the Minors, collected an outfield assist, and will continue playing there one to two times per week.

"When Lagares got hurt, we had to start thinking outside the box," Callaway said. "There aren't outfielders just running around that are really good to be able to come and add depth in our organization. So this is one way to help that."

The move also gives the Mets options should fourth-ranked prospect Peter Alonso continue to take the Minor Leagues by storm. Also a first baseman, Alonso is hitting .355 with 11 home runs in 40 games at Double-A Binghamton. His 1.145 OPS leads the Eastern League. But Smith, a former top prospect himself, is currently blocking Alonso's climb up the organizational ladder.

That could change if Smith proves adept in right field. The Mets have been aggressive in recent years about exposing players to other positions at a young age, though Smith, 22, had previously been immune to that. Callaway alluded to the fact that Smith, who has struggled with his weight since the Mets drafted him 11th overall in 2013, has lost 35 pounds since the end of last season.

"The way he's been moving around, the way he's been working, he's a really good athlete," Callaway said. "He does a great job of really catching the ball at first base. So we were all just talking about it the other day, with the injuries he's had, it makes some sense for him to go out in right field and get some reps so he can be an option at times."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Hernandez impressed by Mets' ballboy

A barrage of homers led the Mets to a 4-1 win over the D-backs on Sunday afternoon, but SNY broadcaster/Twitter celebrity Keith Hernandez might have been most impressed by the work of the team's left-field ballboy.

Peterson completes 7 IP in 3rd straight outing

Indians' Bieber matches career-high 8 IP in first Triple-A win
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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It took Shane Bieber four starts, but the Indians' No. 8 prospect finally recorded his first Triple-A win.

Bieber allowed three hits and struck out eight as he matched his career high by working eight scoreless innings to lead Triple-A Columbus past Charlotte, 2-1. The right-hander induced 12 ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 66 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

Bieber earned an early promotion to Columbus after a dominant five-start showing with Double-A Akron to begin the season. Logging 31 innings, the 22-year-old went 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA and a 30-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's been equally impressive since joining the Clippers, for whom he's pitched to a 1.32 ERA with 24 strikeouts and two walks in 27 1/3 innings.

Watch: Bieber's stellar outing

Altogether, Bieber owns a 1.23 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in nine starts between the two levels. He's compiled 54 strikeouts against three walks in 58 1/3 innings, giving him a 237-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 255 2/3 professional innings.

Yu Chang, Cleveland's No. 6 prospect, hit a two-run home run in the third inning to provide Bieber with an early lead. The 22-year-old infielder is slashing .252/.329/.402 on the season, with three home runs and 10 doubles through 37 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday:

No. 2 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) hit a two-run walk-off home run, capping a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate in Double-A New Hampshire's victory over Binghamton in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The homer was the 19-year-old phenom's eighth of the season, and he added an RBI single in the nightcap, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. Through 39 games, Guerrero is leading the Eastern League in average (tied-.421), OPS (1.169), hits (64), doubles (16), RBIs (45) and total bases (106).

Watch: Vlad Jr.'s two-run walk-off homer

No. 48 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers' No. 3) went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as Double-A Tulsa fell to Arkansas, 11-9. The 19-year-old switch-hitter has hit all five of his home runs from the left side of the plate. He's hitting .287 over 32 games this season and owns a .361 average during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Watch: Ruiz rips homer

No. 57 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels' No. 1) hit his fifth home run in his past six games, accounting for Class A Burlington's lone run in a 2-1 loss against Wisconsin. The 18-year-old outfielder is off to a fast start in his first full season, slashing .326/.398/.611 with six homers and 29 RBIs over 25 games in the Midwest League.

Video: Top Prospects: Jo Adell, OF, Angels

Cubs' No. 30 prospect Jason Vosler hit a solo homer and later added a two-run shot to record his first multi-homer game of the year for Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old third baseman posted a pair of two-homer games as well as one three-homer game with Tennessee in 2017, hitting a career-best 21 homers in 129 games.

D-backs' No. 3 prospect Jasrado Chisholm is up to seven home runs in his first full season after connecting on his third homer in two games for Class A Kane County. He's slashing .277/.352/.580 with 18 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs through 28 games. Right-hander Jhoan Duran (No. 16) was sharp on the mound in a no-decision, tossing a season-high five scoreless innings of one-hit ball with one walk and four strikeouts.

Video: Top Prospects: Jasrado Chisholm, SS, D-backs

Marlins' No. 11 prospect Edward Cabrera went the distance for Class A Greensboro, firing a four-hit shutout against Lakewood in Game 1 of a doubleheader. It was the first career complete game and shutout for the 20-year-old flamethrower, as he allowed four hits and struck out five while firing 52 of his 80 pitches for strikes in the career-long outing.

Mets' No. 2 prospect David Peterson was a tough-luck loser for Class A Columbia despite posting his third straight seven-inning start. The 2017 first-rounder allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out seven and generating another nine outs on the ground. Peterson owns a 1.91 ERA through 37 2/3 innings in his first full season.

Video: Top Prospects: David Peterson, LHP, Mets

Orioles' No. 6 prospect Cedric Mullins was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Double-A Bowie with a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance. Two of those hits were for extra bases, as Mullins tallied his sixth home run, a two-run shot, and 11th double. The 23-year-old outfielder has hit safely in six straight games, during which he's raised his overall average from .254 to .282.

Video: Top Prospects: Cedric Mullins, OF, Orioles

• One level down, Orioles' No. 13 prospect Michael Baumann allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings as he tossed his first career complete game in his Class A Advanced Frederick debut. Pitching Game 1 of a doubleheader, the 22-year-old righty issued one walk and struck out a pair while throwing 63 of 94 pitches for strikes. He's been dominant to begin his career, going 10-2 with a 1.34 ERA, a .176 opponents average and 92 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings (19 games/18 starts) across four levels.

Padres' No. 8 prospect Logan Allen racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as he improved to 6-1 in nine starts for Double-A San Antonio. The 20-year-old southpaw gave up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 102 pitches (72 strikes) in the outing. He's completed at least six innings in five straight starts.

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

Pirates' No. 13 prospect Oneil Cruz hit solo homers in both ends of Class A West Virginia's doubleheader loss against Lexington. Acquired from the Dodgers at last year's Trade Deadline, the 19-year-old shortstop has shown big-time power in his first full season with the Pirates, totaling seven home runs over 38 games in the Midwest League.

White Sox No. 6 prospect Zack Collins connected on a pair of solo homers as part of a 3-for-4 game, his first three-hit performance this season, in Double-A Birmingham's loss to Montgomery. The 23-year-old catcher has produced an .876 OPS and seven home runs in 38 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Zack Collins, C, White Sox

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Mesoraco, Flores rally Mets to walk-off victory

Catcher hits tying 2-run HR in 8th; Wilmer wins it with sac fly in 9th
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NEW YORK -- The Mets finally have a winning streak. The Force is with them.

Wilmer Flores lofted a sacrifice fly to left field with none out in the ninth to give the Mets a 5-4 walk-off victory over the D-backs on Saturday before 39,515 on Star Wars Night at Citi Field. It is the first time the club has won consecutive games since an April 13 victory over the Brewers gave the Mets an 11-1 start and a nine-game winning streak.

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NEW YORK -- The Mets finally have a winning streak. The Force is with them.

Wilmer Flores lofted a sacrifice fly to left field with none out in the ninth to give the Mets a 5-4 walk-off victory over the D-backs on Saturday before 39,515 on Star Wars Night at Citi Field. It is the first time the club has won consecutive games since an April 13 victory over the Brewers gave the Mets an 11-1 start and a nine-game winning streak.

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"Right before we came up in the ninth we made it clear that we hadn't won, in over a month, back-to-back games," manager Mickey Callaway said. "So that was big for us."

Brandon Nimmo opened the ninth against reliever Andrew Chafin with a double off the fence in right-center, and Asdrubal Cabrera's perfect bunt down the third-base line went for a single to put runners at the corners and set the table for Flores, who said he'd heard Callaway's reminder.

It was Flores' second walk-off RBI this season and eighth of his career.

Video: ARI@NYM: Flores on walk-off sac fly, comeback win

"I'm not thinking about the walk-off. I am thinking about how to bring the run in, what the pitcher's throwing," Flores said. "You can't think about the walk-off. I think like it's the first inning or the fifth inning."

Devin Mesoraco tied the score at 4 in the eighth inning by taking Arizona reliever Archie Bradley over the left-field fence for a two-run home run. Mesoraco was an All-Star in 2014 before years of injuries reduced him to a backup role this season, but he has become rejuvenated since the Mets acquired him in the May 8 trade for Matt Harvey.

Video: ARI@NYM: Mesoraco drives a game-tying 2-run homer

"I wasn't playing and it makes things a lot tougher," Mesoraco said. "Coming to a new team when you've been somewhere your whole career [where] maybe you got comfortable? You're hearing different voices. We have a good club, a better club than what was there in Cincinnati. It definitely pumps you up. I want to play games that are important. We have a capable group here, so to help them out is great."

The late-inning heroics took starter Steven Matz off the hook for allowing four runs over just four innings, including a three-run fourth that put Arizona up, 4-2, after Michael Conforto's second-inning homer gave the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Video: ARI@NYM: Conforto launches a 2-run homer to right

Paul Goldschmidt tied the game at 2 with a leadoff homer in the fourth. But Matz, who has struggled dealing with in-game adversity, looked irked when a 3-2 pitch to Jarrod Dyson was called ball four for a two-out walk.

Dyson successfully stole second base on a pickoff attempt, and the Mets challenged the bang-bang play, but the umpires ruled that the call on the field would stand after a replay review. Dyson then also stole third before John Ryan Murphy hit a full-count changeup for a two-run homer and a 4-2 lead.

Video: ARI@NYM: Dyson swipes second base and the call stands

It was the second time in the game that the Mets had opted to pitch to No. 8 hitter Murphy with two outs instead of going after pitcher Patrick Corbin. In the second, Murphy laced a run-scoring single for a 1-0 lead.

"I made a couple bad pitches and they made me pay for it," Matz said. "The two-out walk to a lefty there is unacceptable. [Then] I've got the pitcher on deck and I made a mistake. I can't let that happen."

"He probably went with the wrong pitches in that case," Callaway said. "You don't throw changeups to pitch around guys. You throw a fastball because you know you can get it where you want to."

Video: ARI@NYM: Callaway on walk-off win, Matz's outing

SOUND SMART
Flores' eighth walk-off RBI in his Mets career ties him with Kevin McReynolds for second on the franchise list. He trails only David Wright, who has nine.

Video: ARI@NYM: Flores smacks a walk-off sacrifice fly

HE SAID IT
"If you're a starting pitcher, you have to be able to get that eight-hole hitter out and be able to pitch around him when that's called for." -- Callaway, on Matz giving up two run-scoring hits to Murphy with two outs

UP NEXT
Asdrubal Cabrera will be looking to again dominate Arizona starter Clay Buchholz in the series finale against the D-backs on Sunday. Cabrera is 8-for-16 with two home runs and two doubles in 19 career plate appearances against the right-hander, who signed a Minor League deal with the D-backs earlier this month. Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets, who are going for a three-game sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Frazier needs rehab assignment before return

Flexen, Nido recalled; Baumann optioned to Triple-A; Lobaton DFA'd
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NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said on Saturday that he will need to go on a Minor League rehab assignment before he is ready to return from the 10-day disabled list, and he isn't sure when he will be ready to start one. Frazier has been on the shelf since May 8 with a strained left hamstring.

"If I gave you a timestamp, I'd be lying to you. We're taking it day by day," Frazier said before the Mets faced the D-backs at Citi Field. "It's just one of those things that I've never had it before. It's a mild strain and it takes some time to heal. So we want to be 100 percent. I'd rather lose two more weeks -- if that's the case -- than two more months, if you know what I mean."

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NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said on Saturday that he will need to go on a Minor League rehab assignment before he is ready to return from the 10-day disabled list, and he isn't sure when he will be ready to start one. Frazier has been on the shelf since May 8 with a strained left hamstring.

"If I gave you a timestamp, I'd be lying to you. We're taking it day by day," Frazier said before the Mets faced the D-backs at Citi Field. "It's just one of those things that I've never had it before. It's a mild strain and it takes some time to heal. So we want to be 100 percent. I'd rather lose two more weeks -- if that's the case -- than two more months, if you know what I mean."

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He added that the rehab assignment is not going to be at Triple-A Las Vegas, but "somewhere closer for sure."

Frazier has done all manner of baseball activities but still feels it when he runs.

"Just running," he said. "I hit today and felt really good. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do: hitting, fielding. I haven't fielded in a couple of days, but that doesn't bother me at all either."

Jose Reyes has had several hamstring injuries during his career and has spoken with Frazier about the pitfalls of rushing back. Frazier said pushing it "could be detrimental."

"We were running earlier and he told me, 'I don't know if that's a good idea just yet,'" Frazier said, "and he was right."

Frazier first felt something in his hamstring a month ago while running the bases. He said it was "about three weeks" that he tried to play with it, but when he went to field a ground ball in Cincinnati on May 7 it grabbed.

"It's a slow process and it's frustrating because I want to get out there," he said. "But it's one of those things where you have to take your time."

Roster moves
The Mets on Saturday recalled right-hander Chris Flexen and catcher Tomas Nido from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioned lefty Buddy Baumann to Las Vegas and designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment. Manager Mickey Callaway said the club made the move because "we wanted to get another look at Nido" and the organization likes the idea of exposing him to recently acquired Devin Mesoraco.

"We have a catcher in Mesoraco who prepares the right way. He does a tremendous job of it," Callaway said. "When you're in Triple-A, it's really tough to simulate what you have to go through in the big leagues. We sat down with Nido today, and he's going to really pay attention to what Mesoraco is doing and learn how to prepare the right way."

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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deGrom ties career high with 13 K's in Mets win

Ace shows no loss of effectiveness after DL stint, one-inning previous start
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NEW YORK -- In a sense, Jacob deGrom said recently, the most frustrating part of May was that he had pitched so well. Before the Mets removed deGrom from a May 2 start due to a hyperextended right elbow, he felt untouchable. When they skipped deGrom's next start out of caution, he believed he was healthy enough to pitch. When the Mets again took deGrom out early last Sunday in Philadelphia due to a 45-pitch first inning, he was working on a 19 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

Despite those interruptions, deGrom lost nothing in the way of effectiveness. He matched his career high with 13 strikeouts Friday in a 3-1 win over the D-backs at Citi Field, allowing one run in seven innings in his first unabbreviated start of the month.

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NEW YORK -- In a sense, Jacob deGrom said recently, the most frustrating part of May was that he had pitched so well. Before the Mets removed deGrom from a May 2 start due to a hyperextended right elbow, he felt untouchable. When they skipped deGrom's next start out of caution, he believed he was healthy enough to pitch. When the Mets again took deGrom out early last Sunday in Philadelphia due to a 45-pitch first inning, he was working on a 19 1/3-inning scoreless streak.

Despite those interruptions, deGrom lost nothing in the way of effectiveness. He matched his career high with 13 strikeouts Friday in a 3-1 win over the D-backs at Citi Field, allowing one run in seven innings in his first unabbreviated start of the month.

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"He has about six putaway pitches," catcher Devin Mesoraco said. "He's got so many weapons that they can't really look for one. And he had them all going today."

Video: ARI@NYM: deGrom, Conforto on leading Mets to a win

Taking the mound for just the second time in 16 days, deGrom was sharp from the jump, retiring the first six batters he faced. He did not begin piling up strikeouts until his second time through the order; given a second crack at the D-backs, deGrom whiffed seven of nine. Arizona's first run did not cross home until Jake Lamb doubled to right field with one out in the sixth, plating Steven Souza Jr.

That snapped deGrom's career-best scoreless streak at 24 1/3 innings, though it did little to slow the Mets' cruise toward victory. Michael Conforto provided plenty of early offense for the Mets, matching a career best with four hits -- including a pair of RBI knocks against D-backs starter Zack Godley.

Conforto heating up just what Mets' OF needs

Video: ARI@NYM: Conforto picks up 4 hits, 2 RBIs vs. D-backs

With Conforto's offense providing them cushion, Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia combined on the final six outs for the Mets. But it was deGrom who shined brightest, racking up the Mets' longest scoreless-innings streak since Bartolo Colon in 2015. Because deGrom had thrown just 91 total pitches since his last full outing on April 27, starting only twice in that time, the Mets harbored some uncertainty that he would be able to last deep into this one.

At 94 pitches after the sixth inning, deGrom returned to the dugout, where manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland asked if he had more to give. Ready to pull deGrom from the game at that point, Callaway said, he changed his mind when he saw how badly deGrom "wanted it."

"You always have that concern when guys' schedules and routines get a little off-kilter," Callaway said. "But he showed up today and he wasn't too worried about it, obviously."

"I was able to throw strikes," deGrom said. "I felt comfortable throwing any pitch in any count tonight."

Video: ARI@NYM: Familia locks down a save with a 1-2-3 9th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Mets took advantage of a Daniel Descalso error to score two unearned runs in the first inning. After Brandon Nimmo walked to open the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a potential double-play ball to shortstop. But Descalso could not hang onto Ketel Marte's toss to second base, giving the Mets runners on the corners with no outs. The next batter, Wilmer Flores, plated New York's first run with a groundout. Two batters later, Conforto singled up the middle for the first of his four hits.

Video: ARI@NYM: Nimmo makes it to third after an error

SOUND SMART
deGrom became the first Mets pitcher to strike out at least 13 and walk none since Chris Capuano in 2011. The only other players to do it are Tom Seaver (twice), Dwight Gooden (twice), Sid Fernandez (twice) and David Cone (once).

Video: ARI@NYM: deGrom ties a career high with his 13th K

HE SAID IT
"I told them, 'Whether it's fair or not, our season's going to go how you guys go.' That's just the reality of this game. … They've got to get the job done for us to be a good team." -- Callaway, on deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, whom the Mets recently split up in their rotation

Video: ARI@NYM: Callaway on deGrom's great start vs. D-backs

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
An opportunity to tack on some offense unfolded in the eighth inning for the Mets, who loaded the bases with two outs on a pair of hits and a walk. Amed Rosario lofted a pop fly to shallow right field, where Descalso settled under it and appeared to make the catch, only for the ball to pop out of his glove a second later. Originally ruling Rosario safe, umpires conferred and changed the call, prompting Callaway to challenge. A 44-second replay review was all umpires needed to confirm the inning-ending catch.

Video: ARI@NYM: Descalso makes catch, call confirmed

UP NEXT
Although Steven Matz's 3.86 ERA indicates he's been effective in seven starts, his underlying statistics suggest some luck has played a role. Matz will look for some consistency when he starts the Mets' Saturday rematch against the D-backs, opposite a fellow lefty, Patrick Corbin. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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Conforto heating up just what Mets' OF needs

Star outfielder records second career 4-hit game in Friday's win
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NEW YORK -- The signs of Michael Conforto's renaissance began surfacing early this month for the Mets, who finally started receiving some production from their All-Star outfielder. But the sample size remained small. Manager Mickey Callaway feared that this week, with two off-days and two consecutive games against left-handed pitchers, might disjoint Conforto's quest for consistency.

Turns out those worries were unfounded. Back to facing right-handed pitching on Friday, Conforto matched his career high with four hits in a 3-1 win over the D-backs, singling home two of New York's runs.

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NEW YORK -- The signs of Michael Conforto's renaissance began surfacing early this month for the Mets, who finally started receiving some production from their All-Star outfielder. But the sample size remained small. Manager Mickey Callaway feared that this week, with two off-days and two consecutive games against left-handed pitchers, might disjoint Conforto's quest for consistency.

Turns out those worries were unfounded. Back to facing right-handed pitching on Friday, Conforto matched his career high with four hits in a 3-1 win over the D-backs, singling home two of New York's runs.

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"That was big," Callaway said. "I think that all of us kind of saw this coming. You can't ever predict he's going to get four hits or have a career high, things like that. But you could see him coming out of it."

It isn't the first time. When Conforto shot out to a hot start in April after skipping the season's first week to complete his rehab from shoulder surgery, it seemed as if that injury would have no lingering effects. But from April 13-May 6, Conforto fell into an 8-for-58 (.138) slump. Callaway chalked it up to Conforto's lack of at-bats during Spring Training, calling the early season his extended spring.

Video: ARI@NYM: deGrom, Conforto on leading Mets to a win

Whatever the reason behind his slump, Conforto was frustrated, bemoaning a lack of timing at the plate. Only on the team's last road trip did he begin showing signs of life, collecting two hits, including a homer, May 7 against the Reds, then two more, including another long ball, on May 11 in Philadelphia. Four of Conforto's six hardest-hit balls this season have come since the start of that trip, according to Statcast™ data, including the 107.7-mph single he hit in the fifth inning Friday off Arizona starter Zack Godley.

That one went to right field. Conforto's first two hits went to left. His fourth, which tied a career high, didn't leave the infield, which is just fine for a player happy to take the batting average boost however it comes.

"When you come out of a slump, it's not all of a sudden you're going to show up and crush all the baseballs that are thrown at you," Conforto said. "It's kind of gradual as well. So over the past five or six games, I've felt good. … It's a process. I feel like I'm in a good place."

Video: ARI@NYM: Conforto knocks a 2-out RBI single to left

If nothing else, he won't have to worry about disjointed schedules anymore. With Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list and Juan Lagares likely done for the year, Conforto will start almost every day in center field for the foreseeable future, even against lefties.

Given that responsibility, the Mets can only hope that his hot streak lasts even longer than his cold snap did.

"We've got to step up," Conforto said. "The outfielders that we do have, we've got to step up and kind of take over for them. We have depth in the outfield, and it's coming in pretty clutch for us."

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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