Mets Overcome 7-0 Deficit, Defeat Pirates, 9-8

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Mets 9, Pirates 8: New York Overcomes 7-0 Deficit

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Ruben Tejada went 1-for-3 with three RBI including a go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lift New York over Pittsburgh, 9-8, as the Mets avoided getting swept in the finale of a three- game series.

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a double and three-run home run to go along with his four RBI and Daniel Murphy added an RBI on a pinch-hit single as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

New York starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in five full frames, but was saved by the bullpen and offense. Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez combined for four innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk. Isringhausen (1-0) picked up the win and Rodriguez his 16th save of the season.

Xavier Paul went 4-for-5 with a triple, one RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases, Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base and Neil Walker added a two-run home run and three RBI for the Pirates, who have lost three of their last five games.

Jose Veras (1-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering two runs in the eighth. The 29-year-old Dominican native walked four batters, including a walk with the bases loaded which gave up the deciding run.

Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

It was 7-0 going into the Mets' portion of the third, but the team began their comeback in that frame.

With two outs, Jose Reyes singled to left field, then moved to second on a Justin Turner base hit. With runners on first and second Beltran belted a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence, to cut Pittsburgh's lead to four.

The Mets tied the game with a four-run sixth inning. Beltran started things off with a double and Jason Bay followed with a walk. Nick Evans then walked with two outs to load the bases and Tejada singled to right-center that scored both Beltran and Bay. Murphy, who pinch-hit for Byrdak, laced a single to left to score Evans and moved Tejada to third. Tejada then scored on a passed ball by Brown.

The Mets added two more in the eighth inning, to take the lead for good. Ronny Paulino led off with a single and was replaced in favor of pinch-runner Willie Harris, who advanced to second on a balk and then to third on a wild pitch. Veras eventually walked pinch-hitter Josh Thole. Tejada knocked in Harris with a sacrifice fly, and Thole went to second. Veras intentionally walked Murphy before walking Reyes to load the bases. After getting Turner to foul out, Veras walked Beltran, allowing Thole to score for a 9-7 lead.

The Pirates showed signs of life in the ninth after Paul tripled to right field off Rodriguez. Walker knocked in Paul with two outs on a single, but Rodriguez got Lyle Overbay to pop out on the first pitch to seal the win for New York.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Paul beat out a leadoff bunt, and then stole second base. A Josh Harrison single moved Paul to third before McCutchen knocked him in with a base hit, also moving Harrison to third.

Following his RBI base hit McCutchen stole second and Harrison scored when Walker grounded out to second base and McCutchen crossed the plate on a Matt Diaz blooper that dropped in between centerfielder Beltran and the outstretched arms of second baseman Tejada.

The Pirates kept their foot on the gas in the second inning, adding three more runs. Paul reached base on a one-out base hit, and then stole second base again. McCutchen then roped a hanging slider to left-center field to score Paul. Walker blasted a two-run homer to right field to take a 6-0 lead.

Pittsburgh struck again in the third as Dusty Brown, who drew a two-out walk, moved to second on a Maholm single and scored on a Paul base hit.

Final - 6.2.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 14 1
New York Mets 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 2 X 9 9 0
WP: Jason Isringhausen (1 - 0)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (16)
LP: Jose Veras (1 - 2)

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Mets Vs. Pirates: Reyes Returns As Mets Look To Split Series

The New York Mets have played a pretty terrible series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Two nights in a row they've wasted solid outings from their starters. Last night Chris Capuano's start went for naught after a nightmare seventh inning with some poor defense a relief efforts.

The Mets need a spark. They've won two of their last seven games. They are on the brink of losing a series to the Pirates. Jose Reyes returns to the lineup this afternoon after spending several days on the bereavement list and maybe that's what will get this team going again. Not for nothing, but despite the feel good stories of the Pirates' starters, the Mets should have more runs over the past two games than four.

Today Mike Pelfrey will take the mound against Paul Maholm. Pelfrey is 3-4 on the year with a 5.00 ERA and 1.46 WHIP, but is slowly finding consistency and coming off a very good start against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he allowed two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six. Maholm is 2-7 on the year but has a very respectable 3.18 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He's coming off a complete game shutout of the Chicago Cubs in which he allowed three hits and fanned four.

After this series the Atlanta Braves will come to Citi Field. It would be nice if the Mets find a way to split the series with the Pirates first.

Next Game

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ New York Mets

Thursday, Jun 2, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Paul Maholm vs Mike Pelfrey

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.


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Pirates 9, Mets 3: Nightmare Seventh Inning Dooms Bumbling Mets

For the second night in a row, the New York Mets wasted a solid effort by a starting pitcher against the Pittsburgh Pirates, this time on their way to a 9-3 loss at Citi Field Wednesday night.

Chris Capuano was had cruised through six innings when the wheels came off in the seventh.  However, it wasn't the all the starter's fault, but rather a continued lack of execution by his defense behind him.

The downward spiral began when Capuano couldn't locate first base when covering on Andrew McCutchen's ground ball to Daniel MurphyNeil Walker followed that with a bunt single to Willie Harris at third and Matt Diaz hit a weak dribbler to the left of the mound that Capuano had trouble picking up to load the bases.

Chris Snyder got the scoring started with a shot in the hole that Ruben Tejada fielded and threw to third base for a force, but Willie Harris for some reason went for a tag instead of just stepping on the bag and the Pirates still had the bases loaded with no outs.  Lyle Overbay ended Capuano's night with a sinking liner to center that Angel Pagan was unable to grab, bringing in the tying run.

Manager Terry Collins called on Pedro Beato to try and stop the bleeding, but the inning continued to gt away from the Mets.  Xavier Paul lined a ball to right that Jason Bay couldn't quite get to, scoring Pittsburgh's third run and keeping the bases loaded.  Jose Tabata then grounded a ball to Harris, who instead of coming home attempted the 5-4-3 double play, but only got the out at second.

The Pirates rounded out their scoring in the seventh with an shot in the hole that Tejada smothered, but had no play.  Pittsburgh added four "insurance" runs off the Mets bullpen in the eighth inning, but the damage was done in that seventh inning.

After the game, Collins was understandably confused and angry with his bumbling team.

"I'm running out of ideas here.  Are we playing hard?  Absolutely. It's about execution."

The Mets will try to execute their way to a series split with the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.  Mike Pelfrey (3-4) will face off against Paul Maholm (2-7) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm.

New York will have Jose Reyes back in the lineup following time off in the Dominican Republic due to the death of his grandmother.  He will take the roster spot of Taylor Buchholz who will head to the DL.

Final - 6.1.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 9 14 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 10 0
WP: Kevin Correia (8 - 4)
LP: Chris Capuano (3 - 6)

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Pirates 5, Mets 1: R.A. Dickey Brilliant Early, Falters Late

The New York Mets were on their way to a third straight victory with starter R.A. Dickey cruising towards a complete game victory, until the wheels quickly came off for the home team.  The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of their chances and came away with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

The loss represented the third time on the season-long homestand that the Mets had a lead after seven innings but couldn't hold on for the victory. 

Ronny Cedeno led off the eighth inning innocently enough with a single to left, but retired the next two batters to go seven and 2/3 innings without giving up a run.  Then he grazed Jose Tabata with a pitch to put runners on first and second and Josh Harrison capped his major league debut with a single to right that scored Cedeno to tie the game at one.

After Andrew McCutchen walked, Neil Walker hit a two-run single to end Dickey's night and put the Pirates up for good.

The New York offense couldn't muster much all night, scoring their only run of the night off James McDonald on an infield single by Jason Bay.  The final 10 Mets went down in order as Evan Meek, Jose Veras and Joel Hanrahan needed just 33 pitches to wrap up the final three innings.

These two teams will face off again Wednesday night at 7:10pm when Chris Capuano (3-5) takes on Kevin Correia (7-4).

Final - 5.31.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 5 7 0
New York Mets 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
WP: Evan Meek (1 - 1)
LP: R.A. Dickey (2 - 6)

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Mets Vs. Pirates: Hobbled Dickey Starts For New York

R.A. Dickey may have a partially torn fascia in his right foot, but that's not going to stop him from starting tonight as the New York Mets take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and right-hander James McDonald.

Three games left against a team that's played much better than expected this season, but one that is certainly not a vaunted team in the National League, the Mets have a chance to seriously reach the .500 mark this series as they're only three back. New York is on a nine-game homerless streak.

McDonald has allowed three runs combined in his past two outings, with 10 strikeouts over the 12 2/3 innings pitched. He's 3-3 on the year with a 5.23 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, but the 26-year-old is another good arm in the Pirates' rotation with some potential.

The Mets will have to most likely have to play out this series without one of the favorite's for NL MVP at this point, Jose Reyes. Reyes' grandmother died and he went back to the Dominican Republic. He's expected to miss three to seven days. Ruben Tejada will fill in at short stop, with Justin Turner at third base and Willie Harris at third.

Next Game

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ New York Mets

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

James McDonald vs R.A. Dickey

Clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.


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