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Game 44: Mets vs. Yankees

11:41: The Mets sent down reliever Manny Acosta to make room for reliever Ryota Igarashi, who will be activated Sunday. The team had discussed sending down Jenrry Mejia, who pitched a scoreless seventh tonight, to stretch him out as a starter, but instead opted for Acosta (1-1, 3.00 ERA).

10:46: K-Rod strikes out Cervelli. Mets win 5-3.

10:33: Not even close for Reyes on that. He was thrown out by a good 3 feet at second trying to stretch that single to a double. Now it's up to K-Rod (2-1, 2.18 ERA), who'll try to convert his seventh save of the season.

10:28: K-Rod gets Gardner (0-for-5) to ground out to Wright to end the threat. Francoeur (.216), Gary Matthews Jr. (.185) and Reyes (.212) due up for the Mets in the eighth. They’ll face Sergio Mitre.

10:23: Jeter grounds to Wright, who bobbled the ball but got Russo on the force out at second. He may have been able to turn the inning-ending double play with a quicker release. Swisher scores from third. Mets lead it 5-3.

10:19: Nieve gets Miranda swinging at a 1-2 fastball, but walks Kevin Russo on seven pitches to force in Cano. Mets lead 5-2, with K-Rod coming on for what would be a five-out save. He’ll face Derek Jeter with the bases loaded.

10:08: Pedro Feliciano, on for Mejia in the eighth, left a bases-loaded, no-out mess for Fernando Nieve. Nieve has allowed a run in his last three appearances. He’s facing pinch-hitter Juan Miranda.

9:54: With that infield single, Bay ties his career high with four hits in a game. Bay last had four in a game as a member of the Red Sox on June 23 against the Nationals. He had three RBI that day. He has none tonight, but does have two runs scored and a stolen base, his sixth of the year.

9:46: Mejia battles back in a big way, striking out Teixeira on a 97 mph full-count fastball. The 20-year-old righty then gets A-Rod to ground out to Wright, who makes a great pick on a ball that looked like it was going to eat him up, throwing out Rodriguez by a step at first. The Mets lead 4-1.

9:36: Jenrry Mejia is on in the top of the seventh for what might be his last appearance at Citi Field for a while. Mejia, 0-2 with a 3.79 ERA, may get called down to make room for reliever Ryota Igarashi. Igarashi, up from Buffalo, will be activated for Sunday night's game. The team has discussed sending Mejia to the minors to stretch him out for starting duty.

He’s allowed a single to Kevin Russo and walked Jeter to start out the inning and put himself in a big hole.

9:31: Jerry Manuel made the right move at the right time in inserting Alex Cora as a pinch-hitter for Pelfrey. Cora, hitting .238 this year, hit a ground ball passed a diving Cano into right to score Pagan, who reached on a fly ball to the left field corner dropped by Winn. The play was scored a hit, but certainly looked like an error from our point of view. Either way, Phil Hughes is done after 6 2/3 and Chan Ho Park is on to face Reyes. Mets lead 4-1.

9:10: Francisco Cervelli hits one off Pelfrey's right foot to score Cano from third. Had he come up with that ball and thrown out Cervelli, who leads the league with .550 BA with runners in scoring position, this place would have erupted. Prior to the two-out rally, Pelfrey was cooking. He struck out Teixeira on three straight fastballs and set A-Rod down swinging at an 84 mph changeup. Mets lead 3-1.

8:56: Not to rain on Wright's RBI parade, but he just started another strikeout streak. He just snapped a career-high 15-game streak on Thursday. But he struck out twice on Friday and once tonight with two on and two out in the fifth. It's 3-0 Mets.

8:46: You could hear a small smattering of boos after Reyes popped out to left, his third weak flyout of the game. Reyes started the night hitting .211. He's now down to .207.

8:42: Pelfrey wiggled out of his first mini-jam since the first inning. With Winn on third base, Pelfrey struck out hot-hitting Brett Gardner (.302 BA) for the second time tonight. It's still 3-0 Mets with Pelfrey dealing a three-hitter through five.

8:23: Pelfrey's now pounding the strike zone with success. He'd retired five straight Yankees before allowing that single to Nick Swisher. Pelfrey has thrown 41 strikes on 65 pitches and has allowed just two hits -- both two-out singles. So far, he's outpitching Hughes in this showdown.

8:09: Is Wright back on track? Another big spot for the maligned Mets third baseman and another big hit. First and second, two out and Wright singles to score Bay. As cold as he's been, Wright has six RBI this week, including four on Thursday night against the Nationals. It's 3-0, Mets.

8 p.m.: That's two weak pop-outs for Reyes (.210). How long until the Mets faithful starts getting on him the way they do Wright?

7:55: It wasn’t an over-the-railing, game-ending grab, but Ike Davis just made a spectacular, snow-cone catch of Derek Jeter’s liner in the top of the third.

7:53: Phil Hughes settles down in the second, striking out Rod Barajas and Pelfrey and getting Jeff Francouer to pop out weakly to Mark Teixeira. Thirty-seven pitches, 27 strikes through two. It's 2-0, Mets.

7:42: Randy Winn works a two-out walk in the top of the second. That's two in two innings for Pelfrey and par for the course for the Mets, who lead the majors with 196 walks this season.

7:35: Angel Pagan's single to left scores Ike Davis to put the Mets up, 2-0. But the inning ends prematurely when Francisco Cervelli nails David Wright at third as the Mets third baseman was trying to take an extra base on Randy Winn's throw home.

7:31: Big at-bat for David Wright, who enters tonight tied for second in the majors with 57 strikeouts. Jason Bay on second, Ike Davis on first and two out in the bottom of the first. And Wright's RBI single up the middle easily scores Bay. Wright then hears something he hasn’t heard at Citi in a while -- cheers. Mets up, 1-0.

7:24: Jose Reyes continues his season-long struggles with a weak pop-out to third. He came into the game hitting .211. The Mets need him to turn it around quickly if they want to get out of the NL East basement.

7:13: Mike Pelfrey’s first pitch to Derek Jeter is a 93-mph fastball. Jeter grounds out to Ike Davis and we're under way.

Mets lineup

Jose Reyes SS

Luis Castillo 2B

Jason Bay LF

Ike Davis 1B

David Wright 3B

Angel Pagan CF

Rod Barajas C

Jeff Francoeur RF

Mike Pelfrey RHP

Yankees lineup

Derek Jeter SS

Brett Gardner, CF

Mark Teixeira 1B

Alex Rodriguez 3B

Robinson Cano 2B

Nick Swisher RF

Francisco Cervelli C

Randy Winn LF

Phil Hughes P