And then there was one. The Mets are one win away (or a Cardinals loss) from clinching a Wild Card slot after beating the Phillies Friday night in Philadelphia.
The Phillies scored a run off of Robert Gsellman in the second inning to take an early lead.
But the Met mounted a two-out rally in the fourth to take the lead. Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson each singled. Jay Bruce followed with a single to tie the game and T.J. Rivera singled to bring home another run.
Bruce led off the seventh with a homer to left to make it a 3-1 game. It was the third straight game a resurgent Bruce has homered.
Gsellman turned in another solid performance, going six innings, allowing one run on seven hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
The Mets got a couple of big insurance runs, thanks to some poor defense by the Phillies. Alejandro De Aza led off with a single. Jose Reyes followed with a single that went under the glove of right fielder Aaron Altherr. De Aza went to third on the error. Cespedes then hit a pop up to first. The wind (which knocked down home runs all night) caught it and Ryan Howard could not recover. The ball ended up bouncing right off first base (never saw that before). Reyes was forced at second but the run scored to make it 4-1. Granderson walked to move Cespedes to second. Then it was Bruce again, singling home a run to make it 5-1.
That was the final score. The magic number could become zero if the Cardinals, who are playing the Pirates now, lose. The Mets can also clinch home field for the Wild Card game if the Giants lose, too. Keep it here for an update (or just go anywhere on the Internet for the scores!).