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Big Pelf bounces back nicely

5/8/2010

Somewhat lost in all the excitement over Rod Barajas' and Ike Davis' four home runs was the pitching performance by Mike Pelfrey tonight.

Pelfrey threw 7 1/3 strong innings. He gave up three runs, but worked his way out of jams, and was economical, throwing just 85 pitches in the outing.

Best of all for the Mets, he appeared healthy, four days after having an MRI because of stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

"Yeah, he assured me that there was no problem," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He actually had in his mind that he was gonna get the last six outs of that ballgame."

"I felt good on the mound, I felt comfortable," Pelfrey said.

Pelfrey got a no-decision after Francisco Rodriguez gave up a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth inning. But Pelfrey and the Mets should still be pleased overall.

WALK-OFF WONDER: Barajas' game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth was the first walk-off home run in the history of Citi Field.

BAY WATCH: Jason Bay broke out of his 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double in the first inning. He's now hitting .238 on the year, with only one home run and 10 RBI.

"I tried to simplify a few things," Bay said after the game. "I kinda felt like I had a pretty good plan, swung the bat at pretty good pitches."

WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright quietly has put together a 10-game hitting streak. He's hitting .395 with 11 RBI in those 10 games.

TOMORROW, TOMORROW: The Mets have Johan Santana on the hill, trying to bounce back from his disastrous Sunday night performance in Philadelphia. The Giants counter with Todd Wellemeyer. First pitch, 1:10 p.m. And on Sunday, Mets fans will get to see two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.