New York Mets manager Terry Colllins is doused with champagne and beer in the clubhouse after the Mets secured a wild card playoff spot by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 in a baseball game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The New York Mets clinched a playoff spot Saturday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 to secure the top National League wild card.
The defending NL champions will host San Francisco or St. Louis on Wednesday night at Citi Field, with the winner advancing to face the Chicago Cubs.
James Loney hit a two-run homer to back 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (15-8), and Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-high 51st save. T.J. Rivera, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had an RBI single.
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The only other time the Mets made the postseason in consecutive years was 1999-2000. New York won the NL East last season and went all the way to the World Series before losing to Kansas City.