Mets break out bats in 7-2 win over Pirates

Posted: 21/08/2010 in MLB

Pelfrey gets big offensive support as Mets top Pirates

Mike Pelfrey tossed eight effective innings and was backed by a 15-hit attack, as the Mets beat the Pirates, 7-2, to open a three-game series.

Pelfrey (12-7) gave up two runs — one earned — on six hits and two walks, and struck out five.

The Mets’ offense was led by Jose Reyes and David Wright, as each went 3- for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Chris Carter was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for New York, which put itself in good position to win the series.

The Mets have not won a road series against a National League team this season.

Ryan Doumit homered for the Pirates, who fell to 40-82 to clinch their 18th consecutive losing season — a record in American professional sports.

Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens (2-10) lost his fourth consecutive start after allowing all seven runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The Mets got started in the first inning, which Reyes opened with a single. He later stole second base and scored on Carter’s two-out single. Wright, Ike Davis and Josh Thole followed with consecutive singles to plate two more runs and give New York a 3-0 lead.

Doumit’s one-out solo shot in the second got the Pirates on the board, but the Mets countered with two more runs in the third.

Carter led off the inning with his third homer of the season and first since June 13. Wright followed with a single, swiped second and scored on Thole’s one-out base hit.

Andrew McCutchen’s single in the bottom of the third plated Ronny Cedeno, who had reached on Wright’s throwing error. The hit got the Pirates within 5-2, but the Mets had another answer in the fourth.

Reyes doubled with one out and moved to third on Angel Pagan’s single, which chased Karstens. Sean Gallagher entered and gave up a single to Carlos Beltran that plated two because of an error by left fielder Jose Tabata.

The runs were assigned to Karstens, while Gallagher pitched three scoreless innings. However, Pelfrey held Pittsburgh scoreless for the rest of his start, and Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth to end the game.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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