The New York Mets edged the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-4 victory on Saturday night. On a night where both the Braves and Phillies lost, it was imperative for the Mets to gain some ground. Now, the Mets stand 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They’ll look to take their second straight series win tomorrow.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi took the mound against youngster Barry Enright in the middle game of the three-game set. Both pitched well, but the bullpen spelled them in the 7th inning. Bobby Parnell was a disaster, but the rest of the Mets relievers got the job done, and allowed the Mets offense to win the game.

The lineup was pretty dead in the beginning, but David Wright gave the Mets hope in the 7th inning, and then Carlos Beltran was able to get the ball deep enough in right field to score Jesus Feliciano in the 9th inning to win in walk-off fashion. It was nice to see a very rare feat this season for the Mets tonight.

Positives From The Game:

Takahashi: After a strong last outing, Hisanori Takahashi kept things rolling with six dominant innings. He allowed only one run on seven hits and two walks, and struck out 10 batters. However, he remains the biggest question mark in the rotation.

Angel In The Outfield: Angel Pagan went 3 for 4, with a double and a walk, and scored two runs. He is now tied with David Wright in runs scored with 57. He still has the highest batting average on the Mets at .313.

The Wright Way: David Wright is on a tear. After a 3 for 29 stretch, he has three straight multi-hit games, and has raised his average from .297 to .307 in that span. He hit his 28th double of the season in seventh inning, driving in two runners. Wright also singled in the first Mets run in the third inning.

Negatives From The Game:

Parnell: After Takahashi left the game, Bobby Parnell blew the win for him, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, without even recording an out. His ERA jumped from 0.96 to 2.41.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jesus Feliciano tripled for the first time in his career.
  • Mets drew as many walks as hits (7).
  • Angel Pagan ends July with 11 multi-hit games.
  • For the first time, Francisco Rodriguez did not blow the save before earning a win.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to take the rubber game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon at CitiField. Game Time 1:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (7-4) 3.43 ERA vs. ARI Rodrigo Lopez (5-9) 4.68 ERA