If this is the way the New York Mets are going to win games this season, they're going to cause a lot of anxiety for the fans in the process.
Jon Niese allowed two runs in the first inning, but the Mets eventually came back and took the 3-2 lead on a Josh Thole RBI single in the ninth inning. Francisco Rodriguez then proceeded to blow the save, yet the Mets didn't back down, as they strung together three straight hits in the top of the 10th inning to eventually put a three spot on the board -- and hang onto a 6-4 victory.
Jose Reyes began the 10th inning with his first hit of the season, then Angel Pagan reached on a bunt single. David Wright singled home Reyes -- and after two strikeouts, Willie Harris came to the plate against Matt Dunn, who was throwing mid-90s fastballs (and fanned three), and doubled home Wright and Pagan. Blaine Boyer came into the 10th inning for the save, and didn't make things easy, allowing a run on two hits in the process, but he was able to get the job done, regardless.
But, for once, let's not glorify really the only negative (blown save) in the game. After an uncomfortable first inning for Niese, where he allowed two runs, he settled in and pitched very well: seven innings on four hits, a walk and three strikeouts. He was removed after only 87 pitches, but it looked like he could go more. Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless, two-strikeout eighth inning. Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Wright went 3-for-5 with a homerun, two runs and two RBI and Thole had three hits.
The Mets will look to win their first series of the season tomorrow afternoon.
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|WP: Francisco Rodriguez (1 - 0)
SV: Blaine Boyer (1)
LP: Ryan Webb (0 - 1)