New York Mets: Jeff Kellogg
May, 20, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: With a 2-1 victory, the Mets improved to 22-22 on the season. They reached .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 9, after being as many as eight games under.
BIG RED: Justin Turner went 3-for-4 and drove in the Mets' opening run with a fourth-inning single that scored Fernando Martinez. Turner tied the franchise rookie record with an RBI in six straight games, matching the streak by Ron Swoboda in Aug. 1965. Turner also extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has 11 RBIs during the six-game streak. Turner upped his season average to .364 (20-for-55).
HE'S A WINNER: R.A. Dickey picked up his first win since his season debut on April 3 at Florida. He had gone 0-5 with two no-decisions in seven starts. Dickey departed with a 2-1 lead after six innings. His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP. The lone run came on a solo homer to the short porch in right field by Mark Teixeira in the third inning.
KARMA: Jose Reyes was charged with an error in the fifth inning on a play in which the Mets appeared to get the shaft. On Brett Gardner's leadoff grounder, first base ump Jeff Kellogg -- seemingly incorrectly -- ruled Reyes' throw pulled Daniel Murphy off first base. It was the previous night in Flushing when a throw from Turner really did pull Murphy off the base, but Jayson Werth was called out by ump Phil Cuzzi and the Mets moved within one out of a 1-0 win against the Nationals.
Reyes and the Mets escaped Friday's ensuing threat anyway. With two outs and two on, Reyes dove up the middle to field Alex Rodriguez's grounder and threw in time to first to end the inning.
Murphy got retribution, too. He led off the next half-inning and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with a solo homer to right field. Back in the No. 2 hole for the first time in 10 days, Murphy snapped an 0-for-9 drought with the long ball off Freddy Garcia.
O YES: Left-hander Mike O'Connor, promoted May 4 when Pedro Beato landed on the disabled list, tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He has now thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Jason Isringhausen was equally as dominant in a clean eighth inning. The Mets bullpen has allowed only six earned runs in 51 1/3 innings in May, for a 1.05 ERA.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez notched his 15th straight save since blowing his first opportunity of the season. K-Rod's longest streak as a Met is 16, which opened his Mets career and ended with Luis Castillo's dropped would-be game-ending pop fly in the Bronx.
Rodriguez has now finished 18 games this season. He needs to finish 37 of the Mets' remaining 118 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 66 games finished, 11 over the threshold for that vesting option to kick in.
WHAT’S NEXT: Blister-free Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78 ERA) opposes Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99) in Saturday's 7:10 p.m. game.