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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Takahashi's struggles continue

By Ian Begley

The Mets bailed out Hisanori Takahashi on Sunday afternoon after the left-hander allowed five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins.

It was the second straight sub-par start for Takahashi, who allowed eight hits and six runs, including a grand slam, in four innings in San Diego on May 31.

“The games where he’s had success he hasn’t made the mistakes he’s made in the last two starts,” catcher Rod Barajas said. “The location there at the end just wasn’t where it was the first few times through.”

Takahashi (4-2, 3.80 ERA) has made four starts for the Mets since May 21. He’s 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in four games (one start) against the Marlins this season.

The left-hander retired the first six Marlins he faced - five on fly-ball outs – but gave up a long home run to Dan Uggla to lead off the fourth. Cody Ross then hit a three-run shot off of Takahashi with one out in the sixth to put the Marlins up, 5-0.

HE’S ALL WRIGHT: David Wright went 3-for-5 on Sunday with one run scored to lift his average to .279. Wright, who was hitting just .244 on May 29, went 5-for-13 with three RBI and a home run in the Mets’ three-game sweep of the Marlins.

Wright has reached base in nine straight games and his three hits tied a season-high.

He hit his tenth home run of the season on Saturday in at-bat No. 194. Wright didn't reach the 10 home-run mark until his 466th at-bat in 2009.

SANTOS SENT DOWN: The Mets announced after the game that they’d optioned Omir Santos to Double-A Binghamton. Backup catcher Henry Blanco said before Sunday’s game that he was feeling fine after receiving a cortisone shot on Thursday to relieve the pain associated with a herniated disk in his neck, so there was no need for the Mets to carry three catchers.

The team will announce a subsequent roster move on Tuesday.

Look for the Mets to call up an outfielder, such as Jesus Feliciano, to backup CF Angel Pagan.

Feliciano’s agent, Melvin Roman said GM Omar Minaya has promised to call up Feliciano.