Jeurys Familia grabs share of franchise saves record on final day of season

NEW YORK -- With the New York Mets mired in a five-game losing streak entering the final day of the regular season, Jeurys Familia had been sitting at 42 saves since Sept. 24.

Finally, in the last possible inning, the Mets provided him a save opportunity with a solo homer by Curtis Granderson in the eighth. And Familia converted the save to complete a 1-0 win against the Washington Nationals. Familia matched Armando Benitez's 2001 total for the most saves in a single season in franchise history.

The full top-10 list:

Familia, 43, 2015

Benitez, 43, 2001

Benitez, 41, 2000

Billy Wagner, 40, 2006

John Franco, 38, 1998

Franco, 36, 1997

Francisco Rodriguez, 35, 2009

Wagner, 34, 2007

Benitez, 33, 2002

Franco, 33, 1990

The achievement is particularly notable because Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell were due to be ahead of Familia in the pecking order entering the season. But Mejia twice was suspended for positive PED tests and Parnell was ineffective as he returned from Tommy John surgery.

Familia converted his 43 saves in 48 chances. He produced a 1.85 ERA.

"You always go back to the games in the case of a closer where they cough up a big game," manager Terry Collins said. "You go back to the San Diego game [on July 30]. He bounced back after that, had another rough start, and then ran off a string where he was unhittable. So that showed me that mentally he's fine. He realizes that, hey, look, you're going to have good days and bad days."