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Monday, August 8, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Padres 8

By Adam Rubin


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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets may have lost Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy, but not their never-say-die attitude. They rallied for three runs in the ninth against ex-Met Heath Bell to produce a 9-8 victory. Lucas Duda had a two-run walk-off single, which followed David Wright’s RBI.

Ryota Igarashi had allowed four eighth-inning runs, two charged to Pedro Beato. The Amazin’s returned to .500.

DEEP THOUGHTS: Behind homers from Angel Pagan, Jason Bay and Wright, the Mets had raced to a 4-1 lead after three innings.

Pagan, atop the order with Reyes on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, produced his third career leadoff homer. His last came on Aug. 23, 2009 -- an inside-the-park homer against Philadelphia’s Pedro Martinez at Citi Field, during a game that ended with Jeff Francoeur hitting into an unassisted triple play completed by Eric Bruntlett.

Bay became the third Canadian to reach 200 career homers. He joined Larry Walker and Matt Stairs. Bay also extended his hitting streak to 10 games. That’s four shy of matching his career-high hitting streak, from Sept. 8-21, 2005, with Pittsburgh.

Wright’s homer, a two-run shot, was his ninth long ball this season.

The Padres evened the score at 4 with a three-run sixth against Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey, who received a no-decision, was charged with four runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking two (one intentional) in 6 1/3 innings.

WELCOME: Whitestone, Queens, native Mike Baxter pinch-hit in the eighth with two runners on base and sent a fly ball to left-center that was misplayed by left fielder Kyle Blanks and ruled an RBI double. Ronny Paulino followed with a sacrifice fly to pull the Mets within 8-6.

WELCOME BACK: Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 in his return to the majors.

HE’S BACK: Jason Isringhausen made his first appearance in six days, working a scoreless ninth with the Mets trailing by two runs. Izzy’s previous two appearances had been losses, with six runs (five earned) allowed in two innings. He was credited with the victory.

WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.44 ERA) opposes Padres left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.98) in Game 2 of the four-game series, Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.