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Herd falls; Batista called up

TOLEDO -- Age really is just a number for 40-year-old Miguel Batista, who convinced the New York Mets he has enough left in the tank to contribute at the big league level.

The Buffalo Bisons' right-hander and major-league veteran earned a promotion to the big club Friday as the Mets will likely have a need for a spot starter next week. Batista went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA for the Bisons in 10 games, including eight starts, since being signed by the Mets in early July. Batista started the season with St. Louis, going 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games. Reliever Jose De La Torre rejoined the Bisons to take Batista's place.

The Bisons received a fine pitching effort from Dylan Owen, who pitched shutout ball for 7 2/3 innings, but the Mud Hens mounted a two-out rally against reliever Justin Hampson (3-3) in a 1-0 triumph Friday before 10,300 at Fifth Third Field.

Former Met Timo Perez's single plated Will Rhymes, who reached after being plunked by a pitch, to hand the Bisons their 12th straight loss in Toledo.

Batista takes the spot of outfielder Scott Hairston, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Batista was slated to start for the Buffalo Bisons tonight as they wrap up a four-game set here against the Toledo Mud Hens (7 p.m., 1520 AM). The Herd had not announced a starter as of Friday.