Mike Pelfrey got the win tonight, giving up 3 runs in his 6.2 innings of work, as well as knocking in the game-winning 2-run double. The Mets now improve to 16-20 on the year.
Jose Reyes got things started with a double to lead off the game, and then Daniel Murphy followed with a single to set up the inning against Rockies starter Jason Hammel. Ike Davis singled both of them in to grant Pelfrey a quick 2-0 lead. Pelfrey, however, gave it back in the 2nd inning on solo shots to certified Met-killer Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith.
With the score tied at 2 in the 4th inning, the Mets were able to piece together a 2-out rally. After Ronny Paulino and Jason Pridie reached base, Pelfrey stroked a double to right-center to plate both of them and put the Mets ahead, 4-2. In the 7th inning, there was a 51-minute rain delay, which forced Pelfrey to exit with 2 outs and a 2-2 count on Dexter Fowler. Relievers Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak, and Francisco Rodriguez took care of the game once it resumed.
The win was costly, however, as Ike Davis suffered a calf strain on a collision with David Wright on a pop-up in the 4th inning.
-Pelfrey: Put together his second solid start in a row and got his first road win. It still may not be a great sign when he allows 3 home runs and it counts as one of his better outings of the year, but it’s progress.
-The Bullpen: Completely slammed the door after the rain delay, allowing just one baserunner and striking out 4 in their combined 2.1 innings of work. Even K-Rod pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
-Daniel Murphy: 2-4 on the night with a run scored. Also had a nice diving stop on a ground ball to first base (he moved there from 2nd base when Davis had to leave the game).
-The 4th Inning Collision: With Wright and Davis both calling for the ball and running full speed, someone else had to direct traffic out there. The injuries sustained could have been worse and hopefully Ike’s isn’t serious.
-David Wright: 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. He’s really struggling at the plate, and the announcers mentioned that he’s been battling a sore neck for a while. If that’s the case, he should probably get some time off because the Mets will have trouble scoring runs if he continues to hit .234.
-Rain: Rain delays suck. Although it was pretty funny watching the poor guy who got stuck under the tarp and then had to crawl his way out.
On Deck: The Mets look to take the series with tomorrow’s rubber game. The first pitch is at 3:10 PM.
NYM Niese (1-4, 4.71 ERA) vs. COL Jimenez (0-2, 5.88 ERA)