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Albers helps White Sox outlast Mets in 13

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NEW YORK -- In improbable fashion, White Sox relief pitcher Matt Albers belted a double into the left-center-field gap off Mets reliever Logan Verrett and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jose Abreu to provide the go-ahead run in Chicago's 2-1 13-inning victory over New York on Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the victory, the White Sox won their first series since sweeping the Twins on May 6-8. Meanwhile, the Mets have lost four of their last six games.

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NEW YORK -- In improbable fashion, White Sox relief pitcher Matt Albers belted a double into the left-center-field gap off Mets reliever Logan Verrett and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jose Abreu to provide the go-ahead run in Chicago's 2-1 13-inning victory over New York on Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the victory, the White Sox won their first series since sweeping the Twins on May 6-8. Meanwhile, the Mets have lost four of their last six games.

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Mets unable to capitalize on scoring chances

"We battled the whole game, made key plays, pitchers came up big, shutting everybody out every time," White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier said. "We were focused and determined.

"I told everybody, 'Keep battling. We have an off-day. Keep going.' And thanks to Matt, it worked out pretty good."

Video: CWS@NYM: Abreu plates Albers with a clutch sac fly

Jacob deGrom and Miguel Gonzalez each walked away with no-decisions, but both pitched well enough to earn a victory. deGrom struck out 10 -- his 10th career double-digit strikeout game -- over seven innings, but made one mistake to Frazier, who led off the seventh with his Major League-leading 17th home run.

"I felt good out there today," deGrom said. "I had command of all my pitches. We kept them off balance for the most part, except for that one mistake on that changeup to Frazier."

Gonzalez allowed just one run himself -- an RBI single by Mets catcher Rene Rivera -- on three hits and five walks over five innings while striking out four.

Video: CWS@NYM: Frazier belts game-tying solo shot in 7th

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Unlikely producer: Rivera is mostly known for his defense behind the plate, but on Wednesday he provided the only offense for New York with his RBI single in the second. Rivera entered Wednesday's contest batting .148, with just a .100 average (1-for-10) with runners in scoring position.

Video: CWS@NYM: Rivera opens scoring with an RBI single

Limit the damage: deGrom allowed Frazier to hit his second home run in as many days, but the White Sox threatened to add more later in the inning. Brett Lawrie hit a sharp ground ball with one away and legged out a double and then J.B. Shuck walked, but deGrom was able to get Tyler Saladino to line out before striking out Alex Avila with a 3-2 curveball to get out of the jam.

"When you get to 110 pitches and you still make a big pitch to get out of an inning, that shows you that this kid battles," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Video: CWS@NYM: deGrom whiffs 10 over seven strong frames

Shutting them down: With the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, White Sox right-hander Zach Putnam was called upon to replace Dan Jennings and face Rivera. Putnam threw the first pitch out of the zone but came back to strike out Rivera on the next three pitches and end the threat.

Video: CWS@NYM: Putnam fans Rivera to escape jam in the 6th

Keeping it close: Gonzalez has a 0-7 record over 14 starts since his last victory on July 25, 2015, with the Orioles. But once again, the right-hander gave the White Sox a chance on Wednesday. He allowed one run on three hits over five innings and worked around three leadoff walks by inducing three double plays.

Video: CWS@NYM: Gonzalez fans four over five solid frames

QUOTABLE
"I was trying to get him to put the ball in play anywhere because I saw his first couple of hacks, and in his first take he was backing out of the box. I was very surprised that he hit a ball that well."
-- Verrett, on Albers' double

"I was telling guys to take some pitches. But no, I haven't done that in a while -- hit and gone back out. I was trying to lock it back in and get some outs." -- Albers, who is now 3-for-35 lifetime as a hitter

Video: Must C Clutch: Albers clutch with bat, legs and arm

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Mets became the second team in recorded history to draw 13 walks and score one or fewer runs. The only other time that occurred was back in 1953. The White Sox became the sixth team since 1913 to have their pitchers combine for 12-plus walks, allow one run or less and win the game, according to STATS.

FUN WITH NUMBERS
The eight scoreless innings thrown by the White Sox bullpen was the most thrown since 8 1/3-scoreless thrown at home against Texas in 1995. The White Sox turned five double plays in a game for the first time since July 23, 2013, when they turned six.

REPLAY REVIEW
Melky Cabrera had a bead on a James Loney foul ball drifting toward the stands down the left-field line with one out and one on in the sixth inning and leapt toward the wall to try and make the catch. Cabrera failed to come up with the ball but immediately pointed to the crowd to indicate there was fan interference. The call on the field was that there was none, but the White Sox used a manager's challenge. After a two-minute and 40-second review, the call was reversed and Loney was ruled out.

Video: CWS@NYM: Foul call is overturned due to interference

BULLPEN CONFUSION
After Hansel Robles suffered a right ankle sprain in the 12th inning, left-hander Jerry Blevins was initially called on to replace him. Blevins ran all the way out to the mound before being told to return to the 'pen because Collins decided he wanted to use Verrett.

Video: CWS@NYM: Robles leaves the game with apparent injury

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24 ERA) makes his 11th start of the season as the White Sox return to American League Central action following a scheduled off-day for Friday's opener in Detroit at 6:10 p.m. CT. Six of Rodon's 10 starts this season have been quality.

Mets: New York will get the day off on Thursday before kicking off a three-game series in Miami on Friday at 7:10 ET. Noah Syndergaard will get the start after being ejected for throwing behind Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley in his last start. The right-hander has yet to lose against a National League East opponent.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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.