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Angels 4, Mets 3: Mets Struggle With RISP, Drop Series Opener

One little hit was all the New York Mets needed to make this interleague tilt a new game, and possibly get the first win on their homestand. Down one run to the Los Angeles Angels, the Mets couldn't have cued it up any better for a ninth-inning comeback. Jose Reyes reached base via a walk, then he stole second. Justin Turner also walked right after him. However, neither Carlos Beltran, Daniel Murphy or Angel Pagan could get the big hit as all were silenced by Jordan Walden with a strikeout and the Mets dropped this one 4-3.

This was the type of game when that just gives all Mets fans a reality check: this isn't going to be an easy rest of the way and the Mets will be a maddeningly inconsistent team despite all the good signs lately.

Chris Capuano pitched OK, tossing six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out five. Justin Turner's throwing error on a Peter Bourjos grounder also cost the Mets tonight. Joel Pineiro allowed just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings for the Angels, but the Mets helped out all four Angels' pitchers tonight because they were 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. They just couldn't get a base knock in this situation all night, despite the many opportunities.

Both Angel Pagan (two RBI) and Ronny Paulino (one RBI) had two hits apiece. Paulino would've had three if not for a spectacular grab by center fielder Bourjos in the sixth inning.

Final - 6.17.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Angels 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 10 2
New York Mets 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 1
WP: Joel Pineiro (3 - 3)
SV: Jordan Walden (16)
LP: Chris Capuano (5 - 7)

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