WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets held on for a 4-3 win against the Colorado Rockies, but there was a major loss.
Ike Davis collided with David Wright pursuing Troy Tulowitzki’s fourth-inning pop-up near the mound and was diagnosed with a left-calf strain. Davis fell to the ground, then limped back to his position, shooing away assistant trainer Mike Herbst. After the half-inning, Davis labored back to the dugout and departed. Daniel Murphy moved to first base, with Justin Turner entering at second base. Davis had opened the scoring with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the first inning against Jason Hammel.
YOU AGAIN? Since homering four times in four games at Citi Field in mid-April while going 10-for-16 in a four-game sweep of the Mets, Tulowitzki had been cold. He entered this series hitting only .182 with one homer and four RBIs in 77 at-bats since leaving Flushing.
Sure enough, Tulowitzki went deep again Tuesday, off Mike Pelfrey. Five of Tulowitzki’s nine homers this season have come against the Mets.
BIG PELF: A day after Chris Capuano lamented striking out three times in three at-bats, leaving the bases loaded in the last instance, Pelfrey did Mets pitchers proud at the plate. After solo homers by Tulowitzi and Seth Smith in the second inning evened the score at 2, Pelfrey answered with his bat. He delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning off Hammel as the Mets retook the lead. It was only the third extra-base hit and 10th and 11th RBIs of Pelfrey’s career.
The Mets had lost Pelfrey’s last seven road starts. The last road victory in a Pelfrey start came Aug. 20, 2010 at Pittsburgh.
All of the damage against Pelfrey came on solo homers -- by Tulowitzki and Smith in the second inning and Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. The three long balls matched Pelfrey’s career high, although the three instances came in the most homer-friendly parks in the National League. Pelfrey also surrendered three homers at Philadelphia on Sept. 12, 2009 and at Cincinnati on July 20, 2008.
Pelfrey’s outing ended when the game was delayed by rain for 50 minutes with two out in the seventh inning and the Mets leading, 4-3. Jason Isringhausen took over after play resumed. Pelfrey ultimately picked up his team-leading third win.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez converted his 10th save with his second straight appearance tossing a clean inning. K-Rod has finished 12 of the Mets’ first 36 games. He needs 43 games finished in the remaining 126 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 54 games finished, one shy of triggering the contract clause.
WHAT’S NEXT: Terry Collins had planned to give Wright his first start off in Wednesday’s matinee, but with Davis now doubtful to play, that plan could go out the window. The good news: Murphy did look solid on his lone difficult chance Tuesday at first base. After holding runner Dexter Fowler, Murphy made a diving stop toward the line on Jonathan Herrera’s hard-hit grounder and tagged the bag.
Officially Davis is day-to-day. If he did land on the DL at some point, Lucas Duda is a natural first baseman despite playing mostly outfield at Triple-A Buffalo. But Duda has missed two games with a sore back.
Jon Niese opposes Ubaldo Jimenez in the series finale, although continued inclement weather could force postponement and push the game to Thursday.