The Mets scored all of their runs in the final 3 innings to cruise to a shutout victory in Pittsburgh.  Chris Capuano took the win to improve to 5-6, and the Mets are now 32-33.

Capuano and Pirates starter Kevin Correia locked into a scoreless pitcher’s duel, with the Mets held hitless until the 5th inning.  But in the 7th, the Mets were finally able to get to Correia.  With one out in the inning, Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan singled to set up the struggling Jason Bay.  Bay did his job, hitting a sac fly to center, to plate the Mets’ first run.  This is where some confusion ensued — the sac fly actually turned into a double play.  At first, it appeared that Murphy was called out for leaving 3rd base before the ball was caught (he didn’t).  It was actually Pagan who was called out — he rounded second base, but didn’t touch it on his way back to first.  But the run scored, and the Mets had a 1-0 lead heading into the 8th.

Dealing. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Mets then blew the game open in the 8th.  Correia was able to get 2 quick outs, but then Willie Harris got things started with a pinch-hit single.  Jose Reyes continued his season-long tear with a single of his own, and then Justin Turner doubled off the right field wall to make it a 2-0 game.  Singles by Carlos Beltran, Murphy, and Pagan pushed the lead to 5-0.  In the 9th, solo shots by Scott Hairston and Reyes put a cap on the scoring.

3 Up:

-Chris Capuano: 7 shutout innings, only 3 hits allowed, and won his second game in a row.

-Defense: It was crisp all day (as it usually has to be for Cap to be successful) — no errors, turned 2 double plays, and Pagan had a nice jumping catch at the wall in the 7th inning.

-The Bench: A combined 2-2 with an RBI and 3 runs scored.

3 Down:

-Josh Thole: 0-4 on the day, and his average drops to .237.

-Ruben Tejada: An 0-4 day as well.  With him though, it’s just an off day in an otherwise great season so far.

-Can’t nitpick more here — it was a solid overall day for the Mets.

On Deck: The Mets and Pirates wrap up their 4-game set tomorrow, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.

NYM Pelfrey (3-4, 5.35 ERA) vs. PIT Maholm (2-7, 3.39 ERA).