For the first six innings, neither the New York Mets nor the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a run. For the first 14 batters, the Mets didn't get a single hit off of starter Kevin Correia. It seemed like it was going to be one of those games, a pitcher's duel where one mistake would be all that mattered.
Then Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. With the way both teams were hitting, it appeared that it would be the only run in this game. Instead the Mets blew it open in the eighth inning, scoring four runs, then adding a few more in the ninth to win 7-0.
Chris Capuano was sensational on the mound, working seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and striking out five. Correia was also very good in this one, but it came undone in the seventh. He finished with 7 2/3 innings, seven hits and four earned runs.
The Mets were able to distance their lead in the eighth inning with six consecutive two-out hits. Justin Turner sent a high-and-outside pitch from Correia to the right-field wall, driving home Willie Harris for the first run. Carlos Beltran singled home Jose Reyes and Turner in the next at-bat. Murphy singled, then Angel Pagan dropped a pitch to left field, plating two.
The Amazin's got two more runs in the ninth inning on a Scott Hairston pinch-hit home run and a Reyes line-drive home run of his own. Reyes went 3-for-5 in the game with two runs. Murphy and Pagan each had two hits in the game.
The Mets have now won six of their past eight games and will look to take three of four from the Pirates tomorrow night.
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|WP: Chris Capuano (5 - 6)
LP: Kevin Correia (8 - 5)