Their rotation ravaged, the Mets handed the ball to a rookie for his first major league start.
Their late-inning relievers run down, they allowed a 33-year-old left-handed specialist to face the big leagues' No. 2 home-run hitter with two outs in the ninth.
With veterans tired after an extra-inning win, backups filled many of the starting spots.
In yet another surprising September turn, Gabriel Ynoa struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings, Jerry Blevins fanned Brian Dozier to complete a four-out save and New York completed a three-game sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
Michael Conforto drove in two runs with a first-inning,...