The Mets continued their winning ways, behind a superb start by Chris Capuano. Capuano hurled six shutout innings, giving-up just five hits, no walks, while striking-out seven batters. Even though Mets hitters did not collect one extra-base hit, they were still able to do four runs worth of damage. Jose Reyes smacked two singles, and chipped-in two RBI. Dan Murphy was responsible for the other Mets RBI, and recorded three base hits of his own. Aside from a Jemile Weeks orchestrated run in the eighth inning, the Mets bullpen was solid. Francisco Rodriguez shut the door on the A’s in the ninth for his 20th save. The Mets are back at the familiar one game below .500 mark.
METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:
- Chris Capuano arguably had his finest outing of 2011. The lefty pitched six scoreless innings, only giving-up five hits, no walks, while striking-out seven batters. It was his sixth win.
- Despite the earned-run, Pedro Beato looked solid last night. Beato pitched two innings, surrendering no hits, but one costly walk to Jemile Weeks, who then stole two bases, and scored on a Scott Sizemore sacrifice fly. Since June 14, Beato has posted an improved 1.35 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 1.66 K/BB.
- Unlike his performance earlier in the series, Francisco Rodriguez looked flawless while recording his 20th save.
- Jose Reyes again was a spark plug for the Mets. The shortstop went 2-4, with two RBI, and a run-scored.
- Dan Murphy, who started at third base, went 3-4 with a RBI.
- Josh Thole recorded a hit, two walks, and a run-scored.