Despite Kevin Correia retiring the first 14 Mets, until Jason Bay singled, the Mets won, 7-0, Sunday at PNC Park to again move within a game of .500. Chris Capuano tossed seven scoreless innings in the victory. Even Willie Harris and Scott Hairston came through as pinch-hitters. Harris' two-out single was the first of six straight hits by the Mets in what became a four-run eighth. Hairston delivered a solo homer in the ninth, along with Jose Reyes. “It felt great,” Hairston said about Harris' single. “I was the first one off that bench once he got that pinch-hit, knowing how hard that is to do.”
Monday's news reports:
• Bay initially figured, the way things were going for him, that his sacrifice fly would be taken off the board because of Angel Pagan's gaffe missing second base while retreating to first base. But the run counted, breaking a scoreless tie. And Bay now has a two-game hitting streak. “It’s not a 3-for-4 with two bombs or anything, but I feel better,” Bay said. “I feel like I’m building instead of fighting. Like I’ve said before, what’s done is done. Despite all the things that I haven’t done, we’re still playing pretty good baseball.” Read game stories from the 7-0 win in the Post, Times, Record, Newsday, Journal, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was ejected, did not think Pagan made a catch on Lyle Overbay to open the bottom of the seventh.
• Hairston had been standing in the bullpen tracking pitches as rotation members did their between-starts work in order to stay sharp. Then, in his first plate appearance in 10 days, he homered. Terry Collins said he would try to get Hairston into Monday's lineup against left-hander Paul Maholm, but he was reluctant to sit Bay or Pagan, who has had success against the Pirates southpaw. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• The Mets are trying to get a Saturday scoring decision reversed and Daniel Murphy charged with an error on a groundball by Andrew McCutchen, which would change two earned runs to unearned against R.A. Dickey. Those moves are rarely successful unless a rule is interpreted incorrectly. "I think everybody in here worries about their numbers," Dickey told Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "I don't have any problem saying I wish my ERA was this and my record was this." Dickey's ERA would drop from 3.98 to 3.76 minus two earned runs. An MLB official told Rieber a screener would have to agree the decision was "clearly erroneous," then a committee would have to unanimously agree that it needed to be changed. In this case, it was a judgment call -- a poor judgment. But erroneous is a pretty high standard.
• The Pirates, down their top three catchers because of injury, acquired Mike McKenry from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night for a player to be named or cash, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The team designated Wyatt Toregas for assignment. McKenry was hitting .280 with three homers for Triple-A Pawtucket. Chris Snyder (back), Ryan Doumit (ankle) and Jason Jaramillo (elbow) all are out.
BIRTHDAY: It doesn’t appear to be a popular date for birthdays or memorable moments for the Mets. The new book 162-0 by Mets official scorer Howie Karpin -- a great Father’s Day gift for a Mets fan -- cites a 1971 game against the Giants in which current Yankees announcer Ken Singleton beat the Giants with a walk-off sacrifice fly, ending a 5½-hour rain-soaked marathon, as the Mets best win on this date. -Mark Simon