In the first game after the trade of Carlos Beltran, the offense was able to score eight runs with 11 hits as the Mets won their third straight game in Cincinnati. They’ll go for the four game sweep tomorrow. New York is now 53-51 on the season.

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs watches a three-run home run hit by New York Mets' David Wright in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Cincinnati. New York won 8-2.

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¬†Mike Pelfrey pitched perhaps his finest game of the season tonight, with a complete game victory. He didn’t allow a single walk, striking out three and allowing only two runs. He picked up his sixth win of the season, improving to a paltry 6-9.

Offensively, the Mets were led by their resurgent leader, David Wright. Wright was 2-4 on the night, with four RBIs, including a three-run homer to center to put the game out of reach. Daniel Murphy continued to be a doubles machine, adding two more to give him 28 on the season. He had four hits total on the night and is now batting .319. If he ever learned how to play second base or right field, the Mets would have a potential all-star in Murphy.

In Lucas Duda’s first game in right field as Carlos Beltran’s replacement, he belted only his second home run of the season, but should see significant time in right field for the remainder of the season. Jose Reyes also added another multi-hit game with a double in the 9th inning after the game was out of reach.

With the Braves win, the Mets remain 7.5 games out of the wild card race, but with a chance for the sweep tomorrow, followed by a weekend series in Washington, New York has some winnable games before heading home for a 10 game home stand. I don’t believe the Mets are any better than a .500 team at best, but if there was ever a time for these Mets to prove they aren’t throwing in the towel following the Beltran trade, the next week will surely show.

Tomorrow’s game is a 12:30 start.

NYM Chris Capuano 8-10 vs. CIN Homer Bailey 5-4