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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Mejia clears another hurdle with 6-out save

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins had three core relievers unavailable. So the manager hoped Jonathon Niese would get him through the seventh inning, newly promoted Vic Black could get the Mets within three outs of a victory, and then Jenrry Mejia would handle the ninth.

However, Niese ended up departing with two outs in the sixth, prompting Black to enter there.

Collins eventually went to Mejia for a six-out save.

Mission accomplished.

Mejia dealt with a pair of baserunners in each inning but completed the 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at Citi Field for his fourth save.

Collins figured he would not have Mejia available for Wednesday's matinee anyway. So he allowed Mejia to toss 37 pitches.

Now, Mejia has not allowed an earned run in eight appearances since moving to the bullpen on May 12. In terms of hurdles, Mejia has worked back-to-back days, in both ends of a doubleheader, and has produced a two-inning save.

All that remains for Mejia to do to claim the role as the full-time closer is handling working on three straight days.

"Ricky Bones asked me if I could throw two innings," Mejia said, referring to a sixth-inning conversation with his bullpen coach. "I said, 'I can go three, four, five.' I mean, I'm ready for any situation. They want me to go two innings, I go out there and do my job. ... I'm ready for three or four days [in a row]."