BIG PELF: Mike Pelfrey went seven innings, his longest outing of the season, surpassing a 5 1/3-inning performance April 11 against the Colorado Rockies.
Pelfrey surrendered a game-opening triple to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young, then walked Kelly Johnson, but escaped the first inning unscathed. The lone damage against him came on consecutive third-inning doubles by Johnson and Justin Upton.
Pelfrey’s final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 106 pitches (69 strikes).
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: After Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson removed starter Joe Saunders with a two-hit shutout bid intact after a leadoff walk to David Wright in the seventh that took the left-hander’s pitch count to 104, Esmerling Vasquez entered. Vasquez served up a two-out, two-run homer to Ike Davis.
Well, after a replay review.
Initially ruled in play, umpires checked the video and decided Davis’ shot landed above the orange line on the centerfield wall, giving the first baseman his third long ball of the season. The crew returned after a one-minute, 40-second delay and awarded Davis the two-run shot that put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Davis waited at second base for the verdict.
It was the second replay review of the season involving the Mets. In Game 2 of an April 14 doubleheader against Colorado, replay affirmed Scott Hairston’s shot was in play and not a homer.
The Diamondbacks had been 7-0 when leading after six innings.
PRIDIE OF THE METS: Jason Pridie went 0-for-3 with a walk in his Mets debut. It was Pridie’s first major league plate appearance since Sept. 19, 2008 with Minnesota at Tampa Bay.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez produced his third save and fifth game finished with a scoreless ninth. K-Rod now needs to finish 50 of the Mets’ final 142 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. Jason Isringhausen handed the ball to Rodriguez with a scoreless eighth inning. The Mets added two insurance runs between relievers on Carlos Beltran's bases-loaded single and an error by third baseman Ryan Roberts.
NABBED: Jose Reyes had been 8-for-8 in steals attempts this season before Saunders’ first-inning pickoff move resulted in a caught stealing. Reyes required a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez in the eighth to look at his left hand after sliding headfirst into third base on a passed ball.
WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee makes his second start in the rotation spot originally occupied by right-hander Chris Young. Young is scheduled to return from biceps tendinitis for Tuesday’s start against the Washington Nationals.
Terry Collins pledged Friday not to have a six-man rotation, so something has to give. After Chris Capuano limited Houston to one run in seven innings Thursday, Gee returned to being most vulnerable to being bounced, barring an extraordinary performance against the Diamondbacks.
“Given the pitching overall this season, it’s a nice problem to have if it develops,” Sandy Alderson said about having six starting pitchers for five spots. “Let’s see whether these trends continue. We’ll see how Dillon pitches. We’ll see if Chris does come back on Tuesday. That would be a nice problem to have, if we had to figure out how to get back to a five-man rotation -- an effective five-man rotation.”
Young’s last hurdle before being activated from the disabled list is a bullpen session Saturday, but he already is fully expecting to make Tuesday’s start in Washington against the Nationals.
“I expect everything to move forward according to plan,” Young said.