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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.
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.
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|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)
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.
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 Murphy. Neil 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."
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.
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|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)
Correia is 6-1 with a superb 2.35 earned run average in seven road assignments this season and continued his solid trend as the visitor in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Correia fired 7 1/3 shutout innings of four-hit ball to push his overall record to 7-4 in 12 games (11 starts) and lower his ERA to 3.44.
The right-hander has won two straight starts since a personal two-game slide and is 4-2 in his previous six decisions. He can become the majors’ first eight-game winner, but hasn’t had much success in his career against the Mets, going 1-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 10 games, four of which have been starts.
Pittsburgh improved to 3-2 on a seven-game road trip with Tuesday’s 5-1 victory behind a pair of runs batted in from Brandon Wood and Neil Walker. Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who got six innings of one-run ball from starter James McDonald in the no- decision. Evan Meek notched the win with a scoreless seventh inning.
The Pirates were 0-for-8 at Citi Field before last night’s win. Pittsburgh’s previous road win in this series was a 7-5 triumph on August 11, 2008 at Shea Stadium.
“We might have just been more stubborn than good tonight,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Sometimes that works. I wouldn’t encourage that for an entire season, but we just kept taking our hacks.”
New York failed to build on Monday’s 7-3 win and wasted a solid start from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who lasted 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs with 10 strikeouts.
“I definitely felt good with it,” Dickey said of his knuckleball. “I think definitely the warm weather helps. I continued to tell myself to stay the course, be consistent with that.”
Jason Bay drove in the lone run against his former team and both Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy ended with two hits for the Mets, who have lost seven of 10 games and fell to 2-3 on a 10-game homestand.
The Mets will host Atlanta for three games after this set with Pittsburgh and are slated to hand Chris Capuano the ball Wednesday night. Capuano allowed two runs — one earned — in six innings of a 6-4 loss to Philadelphia on Friday for a no-decision and is 3-5 with a 4.94 ERA in 11 games (9 starts) in 2011.
Capuano, a left-hander, has lost four of his last five decisions and will face the Pirates for the 16th time in his career. Over the first 15 games (13 starts) in this series, Capuano is just 3-6 with a 6.46 ERA.
New York won six of seven meetings with the Pirates a year ago.
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.
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.
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|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)
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.
The New York Mets weren't supposed to have a very good farm system -- with little-to-no pitching depth and no star talent hitters. One of their most successful pitchers this season, however -- as the Mets continue to be undefeated in his starts this year -- is Dillon Gee, a 25-year-old with just over 70 innings pitched. Gee wasn't highly touted coming up through the minors and not thought to be a very exciting talent, but he has been a diamond-in-the-rough find for the Mets. And he continues to write a very uplifting story.
On Memorial Day, this amazing story continued, with a seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance in which he allowed three runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in a 7-3 Mets victory. While he doesn't have big-time stuff, he knows how to pitch and as a result he puts the Mets in the position to win every night. He's now 5-0 on the season
Josh Thole's seventh-inning two-run double broke the 3-3 tie and put Gee in position to win the game, but in addition to Thole's big hit, five Mets had two or three hits in the game, while the bullpen didn't allow a single hit in the two combined innings in relief of Gee. The Mets broke out for 15 hits in the game ... and will need to take advantage of their opponent and keep the momentum rolling this whole series to stay within reach of the .500 mark.
|Final - 5.30.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|New York Mets||0||2||0||0||1||0||2||2||X||7||15||0|
|WP: Dillon Gee (5 - 0)
LP: Daniel McCutchen (1 - 1)
Even though the New York Mets got a much-needed win yesterday, they've still lost six of their last eight games and three straight series. Maybe a four-game set with the 24-27 Pittsburgh Pirates will be what this team needs to find its winning ways again.
The Pirates have lost four of their last six games, but remain more competitive than anybody could've imagined. Their biggest weakness is offense -- they rank 23rd or worse in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. However, the pitching has been a pleasant surprise; they rank 10th in ERA, 15th in quality starts and 16th in WHIP. Monday the Mets will face one of the biggest comeback stories of the year, Charlie Morton.
Morton, a 27-year-old former Atlanta Braves prospect, has been a revelation this season. With his Roy Halladay-like windup and very good sinker, he's 5-2 on the year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He doesn't have a lot of strikeouts (33 in 62 innings), but he gets a ton of groundballs and obviously keeps his fielders active all game.
The Mets will send out their own feel good story in Dillon Gee. The Mets have not lost a game that Gee has started this year, and he's 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.23 WHIP on the year.
I'd like to personally take this time to thank all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and thank those who have served or are currently serving. Happy Memorial Day to all our great soldiers.
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