9/3-No Sour Sixteen: Mets Break Home Losing Streak

After the final out of the second game of the double header had been recorded and the Mets home losing-streak had been laid to rest at 15 games, Bobby Valentine and the Mets had one of the most subdued celebrations a team can possibly have, grimly walking around the mound and giving each other high fives.

It was a bittersweet moment, because the Mets knew they should have swept the doubleheader, but a blown save by Armando Benitez, who gave up a home run to Met-killer Preston Wilson, allowed the Marlins to tie the game in the ninth and then pave the way for them to subsequently win the game in the 12th inning and extend the Shea-losing streak to 15 games.

Perhaps the Mets were just tired, since the final out of the second game was nearly seven hours after the first pitch of the first game had been thrown. Fatigue might have contributed to the low-key celebration.

The real reason the Mets didn't rush out celebrating was because they had no real reason to celebrate. Their season is effectively over, although they did stave off mathematical elimination from division contention for one more day. They also knew they had beaten a patchwork Marlins team in the second game, beating up a rookie pitcher who was making his first start in the minor leagues and several Marlins regulars were benched as well.

That being said, a win is a win, and the Mets can go into Shea Stadium on Wednesday knowing that they don't have to try to break the streak. Unless they feel like starting a new one.

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