The New York Mets edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Saturday night. Good pitching and clutch hitting helped secure the Mets first series win on the road since last July.

AP Photo/Rob Carr

Initial Reaction:

It was a battle of southpaws as Hisanori Takahashi took the mound against rookie Brian Matusz. Both pitchers were on their game, but in the end Takahashi prevailed. He was very efficient with his pitches, and was able to keep runners on base from scoring.

Reyes and Francoeur found a surge of power, as both of them took Matusz deep. It is nice to see the Mets blast some homeruns away from CitiField, because we all know it IS easier.

Positives From The Game:

Jose Reyes: He was the only player to have multiple hits, including his third homerun of the season, and was only one of four Mets players to record a hit. Even though he made a few blunders in the field and on the base paths, Reyes has a five-game hitting streak, in which he is 10 for 20. He also sacrificed Ruben Tejada over to second base in the sixth inning, who would later come across home plate as the deciding run.

Hisanori Takahashi: The Japanese pitcher bounced back tonight after two previously disappointing outings. After allowing 11 runs in his last two starts, Takahashi pitched seven innings of one-run ball, while allowing six hits and a lone walk.

Bullpen: Feliciano and K-Rod secured the win for Takahashi. Both pitchers have sub-2.00 ERAs– fantastic numbers for a reliever.

Negatives From The Game:

Jason Bay: Bay has not gotten a hit since June 6th against the Marlins, and only has one hit in his last 26 at bats. His average is now .272, but the worst part of it is his inability to power the long ball. He was 0-4 in tonight’s game in which he faced a southpaw. It looks like Bay has hit one of his slumps…

Interesting Facts:

  • In 2004, David Wright replaced Ty Wigginton as the everyday third baseman for the Mets. Today, Wright hustled out a double play ball in the sixth inning, which in the process drove in Ruben Tejada. A bad throw by Julio Lugo kept Wigginton from getting his foot on the first base bag in time.
  • Jeff Francoeur has 24 hits since his hot streak began on May 25th. He’s raised his batting average from .211 to .267 in that span.
  • Mets pitchers have only allowed 2 walks during their three-game winning streak. That’s how you win ball games!

What’s Next?: The New York Mets take on the Baltimore Orioles in the final game of the three-game set at Camden Yards Sunday afternoon. Game Time 1:35 PM.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (8-1) 2.23 ERA vs. BAL Kevin Millwood (0-7) 4.64 ERA