Initially, things couldn’t get much worse. The Mets were down seven runs by the third inning, and only recorded one hit in two innings–but then something clicked. Maybe it was the Terry Collins press conference that lit a fire, but whatever it was, the team came roaring back.
The Mets scored three runs in the third inning and another four in the sixth, mostly thanks to the bats of Carlos Beltran and Ruben Tejada. The untrustworthy-of-late bullpen held it together, pitching three scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Francisco Rodriguez for his sixteenth save of 2011.
METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
- Carlos Beltran provided most of the Mets offense, with a double and three-run homerun. He finished the day with four total RBI.
- Ruben Tejada was a surprise source of RBI, driving-in three runners on a single.
- Mike Pelfrey pitched five innings, giving-up ten hits, seven earned-runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision (thanks to the Mets offense).
- Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, and Jason Isringhausen combined for three scoreless innings.
- Jason Isringhausen was handed the win, and it was his first as a Met since 1999.
- Francisco Rodriguez notched his sixteenth save, but he did surrender two hits and an earned-run in the process.