Friday, May 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Astros 4
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Fernando Martinez and David Wright each slugged two-run homers in the eighth inning as the Mets rallied for a 6-4 win.
Wright’s long ball -- his sixth of the season but first since going deep twice against Arizona on April 24 -- came off reliever Jeff Fulchino after sitting two days to rest an ailing lower back.
Martinez had delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer off starter Bud Norris earlier in the inning to pull the Mets within 4-3. It was Martinez’s second major league homer. His other long ball came June 30, 2009 at Milwaukee off Todd Coffey.
It was the second pinch-hit homer by the Mets this season. The other was produced by Daniel Murphy at Washington on April 27.
Pat Misch benefited from the outburst to pick up his first major league win since Oct. 3, 2009. The Mets improved to 2-16 when trailing after seven innings. The four-run deficit was the largest they overcame this season.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez converted his third save of the season and 26th of his career of more than one inning after inheriting a runner on second and two out in the eighth from Taylor Buchholz, who was being used in that role rather than Jason Isringhausen. (Izzy only had pitched twice in the past week.)
After three straight clean outings, Rodriguez did allow a single to Brian Bogusevic to place runners on the corners in the eighth, but he struck out fellow pinch-hitter Jason Michaels to strand runners on the corners and preserve the one-run lead.
Jason Pridie’s RBI double in the ninth gave K-Rod a two-run cushion when he returned to the mound.
Rodriguez has now converted 11 of 12 save chances.
He has finished 14 of the Mets’ 38 games. K-Rod needs 41 games finished in the remaining 124 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. He is on pace for 60 games finished, five beyond the number required to trigger the vesting option.
OH, GEE: Dillon Gee, in his first start since Chris Young opted for season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, wiggled out of jams until it caught up to him in a three-run sixth.
After surrendering Carlos Lee’s single, plunking Brett Wallace and surrendering an RBI double to Chris Johnson, Terry Collins pulled Gee. Ryota Igarashi allowed both inherited runners to score, the latter on an error by Murphy at first base, as Houston took a 4-0 lead.
Gee’s final line: 5+ IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP.
His next start is Thursday at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals.
Gee did snap the longest active hitting streak in the National League twice in consecutive starts -- Andre Ethier at 30 games, then Hunter Pence at 15 games.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay delivered his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh against Norris, to get the Mets on the scoreboard.
Bay, who entered the game 5-for-his-last-42 (.119), had been robbed in the fourth inning on a shot down the left-field line that would have given the Mets a 2-1 lead. Lee tracked down the smoked liner with a stellar running catch as Wright and Carlos Beltran were stranded in scoring position.
It was further bad luck at the plate for Bay. On Monday, he smoked a shot to deep center off Rafael Betancourt at Coors Field, only to watch it caught near the wall. Talk about injustice. A half-inning earlier that night in Denver, Colorado’s Chris Iannetta had produced a cheapie homer inside the left-field foul pole.
The usually lumbering Lee also had robbed Josh Thole of an extra-base hit off Norris with a catch in the left-center gap in New York on April 20 that prevented Jose Reyes from scoring. Houston ended up winning that game, 4-3.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey opposes Houston left-hander J.A. Happ in Game 2 of the series, Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.