Mets Beat Indians
Who is this guy and what has he done with David Wright? Since June first the Mets third baseman is hitting .426 (20-47) with 4 homeruns and 16 RBIs in 12 games and has helped the Mets to a 10-2 record. Over those 12 games Wright has had five 3-hit games, before June he had just two games with that many hits.
The Mets extended the winning streak to five with a 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians. Johan Santana won for the first time in four starts by going seven innings, but he needed the help of a big inning by the Mets to get the win.
The Mets scored five runs in the fifth, turning a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead by hitting just two balls out of the infield. Jeff Francoeur singled to lead off the inning, then Alex Cora reached on a bunt single when no one covered first. Lead off hitter Jose Reyes also bunted, and when Indians starter Justin Masterson threw wildly to first, Francoeur scored and the other runners moved up to second and third.
After Angel Pagan grounded out, Wright hit a grounder up the middle that Jason Donald fielded on the grass behind second. When the throw was late to first Cora -and Reyes who ran through the stop sign from third base coach Chip Hale- scored.
With the score tied at four, even Ike David tried to get in on the act. He bunted to the empty side of the infield, who were pulled over in a shift, but the ball rolled just foul. The Indians probably wish the ball stayed fair as three pitches later Davis homered to center and gave the Mets a 6-4 lead.
They tacked on another run in the seventh to go up 7-4 and it was a good thing as Francisco Rodriguez gave up a two-out, two-run pinch hit homer to Shelley Duncan before getting the final out in his 14th save.
Santana wasn’t his normal self. He allowed seven hits, four runs and walked two, but like in the most recent start by Mike Pelfrey, he was bailed out by the offense. Since the most recent lineup juggle, the Mets have put up 29 runs in five games. The biggest beneficiary has been Wright, who is now hitting third. Since being moved into the 3-hole, the Mets are now 5-0 and Wright has three three-hit games and driven in 11 runs.
In his first start since his one-hitter, Jon Niese (3-2, 3.61 ERA) takes on Mitch Talbot (7-4, 3.59 ERA) as he tries to extend the Mets winning streak to six games.
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