Chris Capuano picked up his 6th win of the season, improving to 6-7 on the season, and made the A’s bats look as ugly as the weather for the better part of the game. Terry Collins removed Capuano as a precautionary measure, but not before leaving with a lead that the Mets would hold, and take the series. They improved to 37-38 on the season, 5.5 games out of the wild card.

New York Mets' Chris Capuano delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Citi Field in New York.

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Jose Reyes picked up another two RBIs and added another multi-hit game, his 37th of the season, which leads Major League Baseball. He’s picking up his play again after going through a 2-20 slide. Daniel Murphy also added three hits as the return to Citi Field has helped Murphy get his bat going again after an awful road trip.

The story of today’s game, however, has to be Chris Capuano. He’s pitched tremendously in June, and is 3-1 in his last four starts, allowing only four runs in his last 25 innings pitched. His record improves to 6-7 on the season after at one point sitting at 3-6.

Capuano went six innings today, striking out seven and walking none. If Capuano has to miss any time, it will be detrimental to the Mets rotation and team as a whole. Capuano spoke with reporters after the game and said he felt the injury in the bullpen before the game but obviously pitched fine. Hopefully he won’t miss a start.

The Mets will look to once again climb to the .500 mark as they head to Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers.

 

NYM Mike Pelfrey 4-5 vs.  TEX Matt Harrison 5-6