The Mets played eight and two thirds of non-inspirational baseball this afternoon in Flushing. That being said, the Mets found a way to score a run in the 9th inning against Mariano Rivera to earn a victory and avoid the sweep against the cross-town rivals.NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03:  Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets is mobbed by teamates after hitting a walk off game winning single in the tenth inning against the New York Yankees on July 3, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

What Happened:

We’ll pick the game up in the 9th inning. After the Mets plated a run in the first inning, they were unable to produce much of anything offensively until they were down to their last out. Jason Bay began the two out rally with a walk, went to third base on a Lucas Duda single to right field and scored on a Ronny Paulino pinch-hit single.

Commentator John Smoltz referred to Paulino’s at bat as, “coming to the 18th hole down three strokes” as he was 0-2 in the count. Paulino worked the single to tie the game. A Ramiro Pena error would’ve allowed the Mets to win the game, but an excellent throw by Brett Gardner threw out Lucas Duda at home.

This is a nice win for the Mets as they were able to get back to .500 at 42-42. Daniel Murphy had three hits on the day and Jason Bay had two, including the game winner in the bottom of the 10th. The two accounted for five of the nine hits the Mets had on the day.

R.A. Dickey was cruising through four innings before leaving the game with tightness in his left glute muscle (his butt). He’s day to day.

The Mets will now head to the west coast to face a team in worse financial shape than the Mets are. The Dodgers are in last place in the NL West, 10.5 games behind the Giants. The Mets will look to continue their recent success on the road.

NYM Chris Capuano 7-7 vs. LAD Ted Lilly 5-8