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Mets rally to beat Reds 6-4, close in on NL East title

A late rally left the New York Mets oh-so-close to their first playoff appearance in nine years.

Daniel Murphy had three hits, including a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning, and the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Thursday night. The victory, combined with Washington's loss to Baltimore, reduced the Mets' magic number to three for clinching the NL East title.

"It's fun," said Murphy, who leads the team with 69 RBIs. "That's the easiest way to describe it. You don't need a lot of adjectives."

Or a lot of math, either.

New York can wrap up its sixth division crown during a four-game series at Great American Ball Park, where the...