David Wright made his return to the New York Mets' lineup after missing 59 games with a stress fracture in his lower back and he contributed right away, recording two RBI doubles in the Mets' 7-6 win over the Florida Marlins. The Marlins would never lead but tied the game three separate times.
The third baseman drive in the first run of the game in the first inning, stroking a double to right field to bring home Justin Turner. The Amazin's would score three times in the first inning, then allowed the Marlins to score for three consecutive innings and knot the game up at 3.
Mr. Trade Rumors himself, Carlos Beltran, broke the tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single of his own, bringing home Jose Reyes. But in the sixth inning, Gabby Sanchez would homer to tie the game at 4. After Logan Morrison's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game (at 5) for the third time, Wright broke the tie with another double to deep right field, plating Turner again. Daniel Murphy would double home Wright to give the Mets a two-run cushion, that would turn into a one-run advantage after a broken-bat bloop single by Greg Dobbs in the eighth inning off Bobby Parnell. Jason Isringhausen, who's been brilliant lately in the midst of his own trade rumors, slammed the door shut with a strikeout in the ninth inning and his second save.
Every starter (besides Mike Pelfrey) had a hit in the game. Four Mets had two hits on the day: Reyes, Wright, Murphy and Lucas Duda. Wright finished 2-for-5 with those two doubles, two RBI and two strikeouts.
Pelfrey managed to give up four earned runs in six innings, walking four and striking out three on five hits, but as a fan, you still hold your breath when he pitches. Home runs continue to be a major problem for him, as he gave up two more tonight (Mike Stanton and Sanchez) and has allowed 18 already this season. The past three full seasons he's given up 12, 18, and 12 for the entire year.
One could only wonder what a full season of Reyes, Wright and Beltran could've done to opposing pitchers. Wright struggled earlier this season but the trio definitely had the potential to be one of the best groups this season.
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|New York Mets||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||2||0||7||12||1|
|WP: Bobby Parnell (3 - 1)
SV: Jason Isringhausen (2)
LP: Edward Mujica (8 - 3)