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Matz effective as Mets begin July with a win

Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, manager Mickey Callaway says, of how deep the Mets fall down the standings or how short they fall of their goals, “I don’t think you ever shift your focus from trying to win.” Even as the Mets stuttered through the worst June in franchise history, their record-breaking start to the season long since faded, that much never wavered.

So when the Mets closed out their least successful first half in a quarter century on Sunday, they at least took solace in the fact that they did so with a win. Steven Matz pitched effectively into the sixth inning at Marlins Park, Asdrubal Cabrera matched last year’s season total with his 14th home run and the Mets tacked on offense late in a 5-2 win over Miami, avoiding a series sweep.

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