Scott Hairston broke a 2-2 tie in the 9th inning with a pinch-hit solo shot off Brian Wilson, and the Mets took the first game of this weekend series.  The Mets’ record now improves to 46-43.  They are now 11-5 over their last 16 games, and 5-1 since Jose Reyes went down.

R.A. Dickey found himself in yet another pitcher’s duel, this one with Ryan Vogelsong.  Down 1-0 in the 4th, Angel Pagan put the Mets ahead with a 2-run homer over the massive right field wall.  A Nate Schierholtz solo shot (into McCovery Cove) in the 6th knotted the game up until the 9th.

Save #23 was a pretty easy one (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This was a big win for the Mets.  Going into the 9th inning tied, facing one of the top closers in the league, against a team that has won close games all year (in their ballpark, no less), the Mets responded in a big way.  Instead of settling for just Hairston’s home run, they kept grinding out at-bats and tacked on more runs.  When you know you’re going to face Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in the last 2 games of the series, you definitely want to grab that first one.

3 Up:

Carlos Beltran: A 3-hit game, as well as a big one in the 9th — he knocked in a run to make it 4-2 and give K-Rod some breathing room.

-R.A. Dickey: 7 strong innings, as well as an infield hit.  Infield hits for pitchers are impressive as is, but with an injured glute?

Nick Evans: Got his first hit of the year, and at a great time — knocked in the final Mets run in the 9th.

3 Down:

Josh Thole: Didn’t collect a hit, grounded into a double play, and allowed a couple of passed balls.

Justin Turner: A grisly 0-5 night.  He is coming back to Earth — his average sits at .257 now.

-Outfield Defense: The outfielders on both sides looked a little lost today — Jason Bay misplayed a fly ball that led to a run, and Andres Torres dropped Angel Pagan’s 9th inning drive that opened the door for the insurance runs.

On Deck: Middle game, 9:05 PM.

NYM Capuano (8-7, 4.19 ERA) vs. SF Lincecum (6-7, 3.14 ERA)