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July 14, 2013

Third straight win gives Bucs share of NL Central lead



Garrett Jones doubled and scored on Jordy Mercer's single. Clint Barmes followed with a double and a sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. Yet Torres survived when Tabata hit into a double play to end the threat.

"I was just taking it inning by inning and I thought pretty well until the fifth," Torres said. "That fifth inning was brutal. I lost my command and I left a lot of balls up. I guess maybe I ran out of gas a little."

Torres then handed it over to the bullpen, but New York's relievers — whose 1.76 ERA this month is the second-best mark in baseball — couldn't make it hold up.

NOTES: The Mets activated RHP Scott Atchison off the disabled list following the game and sent utility player Jordany Valdespin to Triple-A Las Vegas ... Atchison is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 19 appearances with New York this season ... The series concludes Sunday when Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole (4-2, 3.68 ERA) faces New York's Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60). Cole is starting in place of Jeff Locke, who is dealing with back stiffness that will force him to sit out next Tuesday's All-Star game ... New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins was held out again due to soreness in his right triceps. Collins says the decision on whether to put Hawkins on the disabled list won't be made until after the All-Star break.

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