WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets can feel good about themselves for at least a little while. While the health of shortstop Jose Reyes is still unknown at this time, while he awaits the results of an MRI, the Mets avoided a sweep by coming back to beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday. Jason Bay knocked in the game-winning run in the 10th inning. The Mets also have two All-Stars in Reyes and right fielder Carlos Beltran.
THE WINNER: After an error loaded the bases with two outs, Jason Bay lined a single to center to plate Scott Hairston and give the Mets the win. The Mets evened their record at 42-42.
THE RALLY: The Mets rallied against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie it at 2-2. With two outs, Jason Bay walked and Lucas Duda followed with a single to move Bay to third. Ronny Paulino pinch-hit for Josh Thole and singled between first and second to score Bay. The Mets had a chance to win it against Rivera, as Ruben Tejada's ball to short went through Ramiro Pena's legs, but Duda was thrown out at home by Brett Gardner .
PAIN IN THE BUTT: Starter R.A. Dickey left Sunday's game after feeling tightness in his left glute. The knuckleballer's left leg slipped during a pitch in the fourth inning and the Mets ended up pulling him for a pinch hitter in the fifth.
Dickey had pitched one of his best games of the season Sunday. He had a perfect game after three innings and a no-hitter following four, but ultimately lost both. After retiring the first 10 batters of the game, Dickey walked Granderson to end the perfect game.
In the fifth, Dickey yielded a lead-off double to Cano and an RBI single to Nick Swisher that tied the game at 1-1. The Yankees eventually loaded the bases with two outs, but Dickey retired Granderson on a grounder to second. In total, Dickey yielded just two hits, struck out three batters and walked two.
A LEAD?!?!: The Mets took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Carlos Beltran doubled to left and then Daniel Murphy lined a single past Alex Rodriguez at third base that scored Beltran and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.
BAD IZZY: Jason Isringhausen entered in the eighth inning and struggled against the top of the Yankees lineup, giving up the run that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez pitched scoreless ninth and 10th innings and now has 31 games finished on the year, on pace for 60 games finished. That would place him five above the mark needed for his $17.5 million option for next season to kick in. He also picked up the win.
UP NEXT: The Mets head to Los Angeles to start a four-game set against the Dodgers. Chris Capuano (7-7, 4.27) opposes Rubby De La Rosa (3-3, 4.41) on Monday at 9:10 p.m., Mike Pelfrey (4-7, 4.92) battles Ted Lilly (5-8, 4.97) on Tuesday at 10:10 p.m., Jon Niese (7-7, 3.72) faces Hiroki Kuroda (6-9, 2.90) Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. and Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47) will meet Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23) in the series finale Thursday at 10:10 p.m.