C Travis d'Arnaud delivered his first walk-off hit Sunday, when his two-out RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the Mets to a 1-0 win over the Marlins. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, both in his final two at-bats. It was the fourth two-hit game in 22 big league starts for d'Arnaud, who entered Sunday just 4-for-36 in 10 games this month. Overall, he is hitting .169 with one homer and four RBIs in 77 at-bats since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 16.
3B Wilmer Flores made his second straight start Sunday, when he went 1-for-4 in the Mets' 1-0, 12-inning win over the Marlins. Flores was lifted for pinch-runner Omar Quintanilla after he singled in the 10t inning. Flores has been battling injuries to both his ankles and played in just three of the Mets' 14 games between Aug. 31 and the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. He has just three hits in his last 34 at-bats dating back to Aug. 24 and is hitting .214 overall with one homer and 12 RBIs in 84 at-bats since he was promoted to the Mets on Aug. 6.
RHP Zack Wheeler oppose his original organization for the second time when he takes the mound for the Mets on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Giants at Citi Field. Wheeler was selected by the Giants in the first round of the 2009 draft and dealt to the Mets in exchange for Carlos Beltran in July 2010. He enjoyed his finest big league start yet in his first start against the Giants on July 10, when he earned the win after allowing one run on three hits over seven innings in the Mets' 7-2 victory. Wheeler will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak Tuesday, though he allowed only four runs (three earned) over 12 innings in dropping his first two starts of September. He was the losing pitcher last Wednesday, when he allowed one run on eight hits over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals, 3-0. The start Tuesday will likely be the penultimate one of the season for Wheeler, who has thrown 163 2/3 innings between the Mets and Triple-A Las Vegas this year and is going to be shut down at or around 180 innings.
RHP Jeurys Familia was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. He has been on the DL since May 9 with right biceps tendinitis.
RHP Vic Black earned his first major league win Sunday when he threw a perfect top of the 12th inning before the Mets scored in the bottom of the frame to edge the Marlins 1-0. It was the third straight day in which Black pitched for the Mets, who acquired him from the Pirates on Aug. 29 and are hopeful he can emerge as a late-inning reliever. Black has thrown 2 1/3 scoreless innings over the last three days, a stretch in which he's allowed two hits and walked none while striking out three. It is the second time he's pitched in three consecutive days while with the Mets. He allowed a run over 1 2/3 innings in three games from Sept. 2-4. Black has a 3.68 ERA in 7 1/3 innings with the Mets and a 4.35 ERA in 11 1/3 big league innings this year between the Mets and Pirates.
RHP Frank Francisco was unavailable to pitch Sunday afternoon, a day after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Marlins' Logan Morrison in the first game of a doubleheader. Francisco left immediately and was in obvious pain, but X-rays showed just a bruise. Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday morning that Francisco will likely be out three or four days. Francisco had his entire right hand and lower arm wrapped as he sat in the locker room prior to Sundays' game. Francisco, who missed the first 139 games of the season recovering from offseason surgery on his right elbow, is 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA in four games for the Mets.
RHP Bobby Parnell was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday. He has been on the DL since July 31 with a herniated disc in his neck and underwent surgery this past Tuesday.
RHP Dillon Gee continued to pitch well Sunday, when he threw 7 1/3 shutout innings in the Mets' 1-0, 12-inning win over the Marlins. Gee allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight. He has allowed two runs or less in 15 of his last 20 starts, a stretch in which he has compiled a 2.42 ERA and lowered his overall ERA from 6.34 to 3.47. Gee, the only member of the Mets' Opening Day rotation who has not required a trip to the disabled list, has already set career highs in starts (30), innings (187) and strikeouts (137) and is all but assured of posting his lowest ERA over a full season. In addition, with two starts remaining, he is two wins shy of tying his career high in victories (13).