NEW YORK -- To borrow Howie Rose’s signature phrase: Put 2013 in the books.
On Mike Piazza Day at Citi Field (and by proclamation in New York City), the Mets scored two runs in the eighth inning -- including the tiebreaker on a run-scoring trickler by Eric Young Jr. – and beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2, in Sunday’s season finale at Citi Field before. The announced crowd paid crowd: 41,891, the third sellout of the season.
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The Mets completed the season with a 74-88 record (33-48 at home).
The Mets secured at least a share of third place with the Philadelphia Phillies, snapping a string of four straight fourth-place finishes.
The final home attendance: 2,135,657, which likely will rank 21st in MLB. It marked a 4.8 percent decrease from 2012.
In his final 2012 start, Jonathon Niese allowed two runs in six innings. He received a no-decision when the Mets evened the score on an E-2 in the eighth. Niese finished 8-8 with a 3.71 ERA.
Both of the runs against Niese came in the fourth inning.
Actually, Niese appeared to get Sean Halton to ground into an inning-ending double play that inning with runners on the corners, which would have kept Milwaukee off the scoreboard. Instead, first-base ump C.B. Bucknor ruled Halton safe and the first of the two runs scored. Terry Collins argued to no avail. (Next year the manager will have replay challenges.)
Stolen-base champ: Young won the NL stolen base crown with 46. He entered the final day tied with Jean Segura, who was out of Milwaukee’s lineup nursing a cranky hamstring.
Young singled in his at-bat, stole second on the next pitch, then swiped third base, too. He tagged up and scored on David Wright’s shallow fly ball for the Mets’ opening run.
Although Young’s first eight steals this season came as a part-time player with the Colorado Rockies, he officially became the second player in Mets history to win an NL steals crown. Jose Reyes captured the NL honor in 2005, ’06 and ’07.
Golden arms: Young and Juan Lagares each threw out runners at the plate in the fourth inning. Lagares extended his franchise rookie record for outfield assists to 15. That finished four shy of the overall Mets outfield assist record -- 19 by Rusty Staub in 1974.
Sizzlin’: Daniel Murphy finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak.
What’s next: Golf, rest, whatever. The Mets’ next regular-season game is March 31 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Collins is due a press conference as soon as Monday to announce a two-year extension with a team option for 2016.