A couple of firsts for the Mets tonight as they beat the Phillies 5-0 and moved a game over 500. Jose Reyes hit his first home run of the season and Hisanori Takahashi won his first game as a starter. The firsts are good news for all Mets fans. Reyes has responded well since being put back in the leadoff spot and another question about the rotation looks answered.
The winning streak is now at four games as the Mets blanked the Phillies again. Tonight it was another pitcher who didn’t start the season in the rotation that kept the Phillies from scoring. A day after R.A. Dickey pitched six scoreless innings, Takahashi (4-1) pitched even better. He allowed just five hits, struck out six and walked no one in six innings.
Reyes had his fourth straight multiple hit game and drove in a pair. Rod Barajas had the other three RBIs for the Mets, who stole four bases and now have seven in the two games. The Mets got to Phillies starter Joe Blanton (1-3) early with single runs in the second and third. A Barajas sac fly drove in the second inning run and then Reyes led off the third with his first home run of the season.
Thats all that Takahashi would need as the Phillies bats were silent again and they dropped their fourth straight game. After being shutout once all season, the Phillies have been shut out three times in four games, and were almost no-hit in Boston this weekend. They got just seven hits and advanced someone as far as third base just twice in the game.
After getting a no decision in his first start against the Yankees, Takahashi pitched well again. He hasn’t allowed a run since joining the starting rotation and has solidified his place after Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey. In his two starts, he has pitched 12 innings and allowed 10 hits and walked just one.
The Mets raised their home record to 18-9, tied for the best in baseball and sit just three games back of the Phillies. In the final game of the series, Mike Pelfrey (6-1, 2.86 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets and will face Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92 ERA).