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NEW YORK -- With one more bad game Wednesday night, New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada could have been headed to the minor leagues.
Instead, both delivered key hits in yet another stunning win against the New York Yankees.
Tejada led off the game with a hard single and came around to score. Davis hit a one-out, two-RBI single later in the top of the first, knocking out Yankees starter David Phelps in an eventual 9-4 Mets victory.
Davis finished 2-for-5 on the night. Tejada was 1-for-5 but suffered a quadriceps injury while chasing a pop-up in the bottom of the ninth. He stayed in for one more batter, throwing out David Adams after a grounder to short, but then exited the game.
"He thought he could actually maybe catch it, but he slid because his leg started to pull on him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And then the ground ball, obviously we could tell something was wrong. So we're gonna have him looked at in the morning."
Collins was pleased with Davis' performance.
"Today he came out, he worked on a couple things that he took into the game with him," Collins said. "He felt better."
Davis said he has been working on standing taller at the plate, among other things. "It definitely felt good to make solid contact twice and have decent at-bats," Davis said. "I definitely felt more comfortable in the box today."
Reports surfaced early Wednesday that Mets brass held a meeting before Tuesday's game with Davis and Tejada, in which the players were informed they were on the verge of being demoted to Triple-A. Collins was asked about those reports before Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
"Basically, [they] just said I've got to play better," Davis said. "That's what I'm trying to do. I've been trying to do that for a long time now. So nothing really has changed."
The 26-year-old Davis entered Wednesday batting just .152 on the season, with four home runs and 11 RBIs. His average was the second lowest in the major leagues. In his previous 16 games, he hit .075 (4-for-53) with 24 strikeouts. He was 0-for-6 in the first two games against the Yankees, with five K's.
The 23-year-old Tejada entered Wednesday batting .209 on the season, with no home runs and 10 RBIs. He also has made eight errors at shortstop -- the most in the majors at that position. He was 0-for-8 in the first two games against the Yankees and was picked off second base Tuesday night.
The rebuilding Mets, now 21-29 through 50 games, thought Davis and Tejada were two of their primary building blocks for the future. Davis recovered from a slow start in 2012 to hit 32 home runs and collect 90 RBIs. Tejada hit .284 and .289 the past two seasons, and made just 12 errors in 112 games last year.
It remains to be seen whether they'll remain in the big leagues for the rest of 2013.
Tejada's injury could land him on the disabled list. And Davis still has a long way to go just to get his batting average back to .200.
But on Wednesday, each took a step forward at the plate. And the Mets are one win away from a four-game Subway Series sweep.
"Today was a good day," Davis said. "I feel like I can go out tomorrow and keep having good at-bats."