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Recap: Mets 2, Indians 1
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 6
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: September 08, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
  

CLEVELAND (AP) - If Daisuke Matsuzaka was pitching for his job Sunday, he probably passed the test.

While Matsuzaka wasn't in the game when Eric Young's RBI double in the ninth gave the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, the right-hander was impressive enough to likely buy some more time with the team.

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``He pitched an outstanding game,' New York manager Terry Collins said of Matsuzaka, who was charged with one run in 5 2-3 innings. ``Boy, I was really happy for him.'

Young's two-out double in the ninth scored the winning run as the Mets salvaged the finale of the series and ended the Indians' four-game winning streak.

Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down the right field line.

Frank Francisco (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save while Justin Turner hit a solo homer in the fourth. The Mets ended a trip that also had stops in Washington and Atlanta on a high note.

``We played good,' Collins said. ``We came into a tough road trip, three teams that are in the hunt. We're leaving 4-5 and very happy.'

A lot of eyes were on Matsuzaka, who pitched poorly in his first three starts with the Mets since being signed last month, leading to speculation that his days with the team were numbered. He lost his first three starts, allowing 15 earned runs and 19 hits in 12 1-3 innings.

``I was really happy for Dice-K because he needed this game bad,' Collins said. ``He's a competitive guy, one of the better competitors you'll ever be around, and for him to go out and, after a rough start, pitch a good game I think is really meaningful for him.'

``I think all my pitches were better than it's been, which made the big difference,' Matsuzaka said through a translator. ``I haven't been pitching very well for the past few weeks, and I know I need to make changes. I was able to do that today.'

Matsuzaka spent most of the season pitching for the Indians' Triple-A team in Columbus, Ohio before requesting his release last month. He took a one-hit shutout into the sixth before being driven out of the game. He retired the first two batters before Jason Kipnis singled and Carlos Santana walked. Jason Kubel's line drive back to the mound appeared to hit Matsuzaka in the chest and rolled away, loading the bases.

Collins went to the mound and pulled Matsuzaka for right-hander Vic Black, who hit Cabrera in the lower right leg with his second pitch to force in a run and tie the game.

``It hit him right in the chest,' Collins said of Kubel's liner. ``He said it hit him in the big muscle.'

Jason Giambi led off the ninth with a bloop single to left, his 2,000th career hit. With one out, pinch-runner Mike Aviles was thrown out attempting to steal second and ejected by umpire Gary Darling for arguing the call. Drew Stubbs struck out to end the game.

Turner hit a leadoff homer in the fourth off Indians starter Danny Salazar, the only run the rookie allowed in four innings.

The Indians entered Sunday trailing Tampa Bay by a game in the battle for the second wild card spot in the American League. Cleveland was trying for its first five-game winning streak since a season-best eight-game run July 24-Aug. 1, but was held to five hits - all singles - by five Mets pitchers.

NOTES: Mets' RHP Matt Harvey (elbow) will be examined by Dr. James Andrews to determine if he needs reconstruction surgery. Harvey was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 27 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. ... The game drew a crowd of only 13,317 fans. ... RHP Greg Burke has been recalled from Las Vegas for the sixth time this season.(asterisk) ... The Mets return home to start a four-game series with Washington on Monday. RHP Carlos Torres (3-3) meets LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-6).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Orioles at Indians
Mon, Sep 2 Final 7 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Orioles at Indians
Tue, Sep 3 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Orioles at Indians
Wed, Sep 4 Final 4 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Mets at Indians
Fri, Sep 6 Final 1 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 5
Mets at Indians
Sat, Sep 7 Final 4 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 6
Mets at Indians
Sun, Sep 8 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +210   +110   8.5 
 CLE  -250   -130   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  +225   +120   8.5 
 CLE  -270   -140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  47%   15%   19% 
 CLE  53%   85%   81% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Over: 13 
 CLE 9 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Sep 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Over: 9 
 CLE 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, Sep 8
 
    Red Sox at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
1:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Braves at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Tigers at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Astros at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Reds
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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