For most of the season the Mets have countered a positive step with a negative step. After winning the first two games of this series they were on the verge of a split, but Chip Ambres delivered the game-winner and the Mets were saying this was a character builder.
-Damion Easley will be activated from the bereavement list Tuesday. The team might have to play short-handed for a game or two until he returns.
-Orlando Hernandez gave up four runs in six innings, a shade below a quality start. It was the fifth time in 16 starts Hernandez has given up four or more runs in a game.
-David Wright has nine RBI in his last five games.
-The Mets lead the National League with 29 road victories.
Jose Valentin will be examined by team physicians and fitted for a cast Monday in New York. … John Maine starts Tuesday against Pittsburgh.