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Mets use big 7th inning to bury Tribe

 

With both teams in the thick of the Wild Card race — albeit in different leagues — Tuesday night’s game between the Mets and Indians at Citi Field might have been expected to be a tight affair.

Through five innings, it certainly had the makings of that, as Steven Matz and Shane Bieber went toe to toe with nearly identical stat lines.

But the Mets’ offense was able to break through against Bieber in the sixth when Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking two-run homer after Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado dropped a fly ball earlier in the inning. J.D. Davis belted a two-run homer off Bieber in the second.

The Mets did most of their damage against the Indians’ bullpen, however, putting together a four-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach en route to a 9-2 victory.

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