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Friday, June 25, 2010
Game 73: Twins @ Mets

By Adam Rubin

9:50 p.m.: K-Rod strands two runners. Mets win, 5-2. Mike Pelfrey is 10-2. The bullpen has tossed 21 1/3 straight scoreless innings.

9:45 p.m.: Trainer Ray Ramirez out to see K-Rod, who throws one practice pitch and continues.

9:43 p.m.: K-Rod allows a one-out single in the ninth. Although he only has one blown save in June, in 11 of his 12 appearances, he's allowed a runner to reach base.

9:39 p.m.: K-Rod on for the save opportunity. The Mets' bullpen enters the ninth having not allowed a run in 20 1/3 innings.

9:19 p.m.: With Pedro Feliciano on to protect a three-run lead in the eighth, Henry Blanco has also replaced Josh Thole for defensive purposes behind the plate. That's further confirmation that Rod Barajas' back troubles are behind him and he could enter the game if something unexpected happened to Blanco.

9:04 p.m.: Bobby Parnell replaces Mike Pelfrey for the seventh with a 5-2 lead. Pelfrey is poised for his 10th win if the Mets hold on. He threw 117 pitches (77 strikes). Pelfrey allowed six hits, walked none and struck out two.

8:56 p.m.: David Wright keeps padding his NL-leading RBI total, which is now at 59. Wright finds the short porch in the right-field corner for his 13th homer as the Mets take a 5-2 lead.

8:39 p.m.: Ruben Tejada scores on a headfirst slide, touching the plate with his left hand ahead of Joe Mauer's tag, on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes. Left fielder Delmon Young made a strong throw. Mets restore a two-run cushion and lead, 4-2, heading to the sixth.

8:37 p.m.: Ruben Tejada extends his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff double in the fifth off the wall in left-center -- one shy of the longest in the National League this year. San Francisco's Buster Posey had a hit in 10 straight games. Tejada is immediately bunted to third base by Mike Pelfrey.

8:30 p.m.: Jason Bay has played left field better than advertised this season, but he had a ball glance off his glove while retreating on a leadoff shot by Nick Punto in the fifth. The play, scored a double, came back to hurt when Kevin Slowey bunted Punto to third base. Punto then scored on a groundout by Denard Span, pulling the Twins within 3-2.

8:21 p.m.: Make it 3-1. Jason Bay doubles to left-center, and Ike Davis scores all the way from first base. Third base coach Chip Hale initially put up a stop sign for Davis, but changed his mind as Davis was going full steam. 

8:17 p.m.: The Mets take a 2-1 lead in the fourth, with some assistance from a pair of Twins errors. After Jose Reyes opens the half-inning with a single, he advances to second on an errant pickoff throw from Kevin Slowey. Jesus Feliciano bunts Reyes to third, and he scores on David Wright's double to left field, which gives Wright 58 RBIs. Ike Davis follows with a single to center field, and Wright is held at third. But outfielder Denard Span's throw goes through to the plate, is up the line and bounces off Joe Mauer, allowing Wright to head home. The Mets lead, 2-1.

7:55 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey gets out of a jam in the third after allowing a pair of singles to open the inning. He strikes out Joe Mauer, then retires Justin Morneau on a double-play grounder to Jose Reyes. Twins still lead, 1-0, in the middle of the third.

7:11 p.m.: Apparently, the Twins' new home, Target Field, is on the large side, a la Citi Field. So the pregame questioning of Jerry Manuel from out of town centered on how the Mets have adjusted to their second-year home. Then, play started, and apparently Citi Field isn't so daunting after all. Denard Span homered on the game's second pitch from Mike Pelfrey, over the 378-foot sign in right-center.

7:10 p.m.: Lineups:

Twins

Denard Span, CF
Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, 3B
Jason Kubel, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Nick Punto, SS
Kevin Slowey, RHP

Mets

Jose Reyes, SS
Jesus Feliciano. CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Game notes: Nets first-round pick Derrick Favors is in attendance, while American Idol Kris Allen sang the national anthem.