NEW YORK — With each passing day, the Mets’ flirtation with postseason baseball becomes increasingly serious. As the Giants and Cardinals slugged things out amongst themselves this weekend in San Francisco, the Mets quietly took care of their own business at home, capping a three-game sweep of the Twins on Sunday with a 3-2 victory.

Gabriel Ynoa struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings in his first career start, Michael Conforto drove home two runs and T.J. Rivera homered for the Mets, while the Twins never made much of their persistent threats to score. The win temporarily moved the Mets a half-game in front of the Giants for the National League’s best record among Wild Card contenders, also ensuring they would retain at least a two-game lead over the Cardinals for the NL’s second Wild Card spot.

Reporting to Citi Field late following Saturday’s extra-innings walk-off victory, then taking the field without several of their regulars, the Mets relied upon Conforto, Rivera, Ynoa, Erik Goeddel and others in key spots. They plated all three of their runs against Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, who allowed seven hits and two walks over five innings.

Though the Twins twice loaded the bases in the second and fifth innings, they squeezed only one run out of those rallies. It was not until Kennys Vargas homered with one out in the eighth that the Twins scored again. The next batter, Robbie Grossman, collected his fourth hit of the afternoon, but finished without an RBI or a run scored.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Source: Mets News / Eyeing top Wild Card spot, Mets sweep Twins