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Mets in NL wild-card race despite 33-37 record after first sweep of Padres in 16 years

NEW YORK — Mets players lined up in the infield to exchange hugs, high-fives and handshakes after New York's first series sweep of San Diego in 16 years.

Two weeks after a low point in what seemed like a lost season, the Mets headed to Texas bunched among nine teams chasing the NL's final two wild cards, all within two games of each other.

"I thought we always were in the postseason race. It's just some people had us out," Francisco Lindor said after an anxiety-inducing 11-6 victory Sunday. "But in my mind, I feel like we got the team.