The New York Mets look to make it three straight wins this evening in the continuation of a four-game series versus the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.
New York rallied for five runs in the last two innings and put up a three-spot in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 triumph in Monday's series opener, then scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-4 victory last night. Angel Pagan homered, Nick Evans had a sacrifice fly and Ruben Tejada drew a bases-loaded walk for the final margin.
"We all know what we can do. We know the kind of team we are," Pagan said about his team. "We like to fight until the end, and the last couple of nights we showed that."
Lucas Duda finished with a team-high two hits for the Mets, who have won three of four games since a five-game losing streak. Jason Bay also extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Chris Capuano started for the Mets and did not record a decision after allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings of work. D.J. Carrasco threw a scoreless eighth inning for the win and Jason Isringhausen earned his sixth save in the ninth. He now has 299 career saves.
R.A. Dickey will take the mound for New York tonight and has lost two straight starts and three of his previous four decisions. In Friday's 4-1 loss versus Atlanta, Dickey suffered the tough-luck defeat and allowed two runs in seven innings of work. He is 5-10 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) this season.
The right-handed knuckleballer has never faced San Diego and is only 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 12 starts at Citi Field this season.
Nick Evans' pinch-hit, sacrifice fly tied the game before Ruben Tejada worked a bases loaded walk to cap a three-run eighth inning, and the Mets came from behind for the second straight game to edge the Padres, 5-4, at Citi Field.
D.J. Carrasco (1-2) tossed a scoreless eighth inning before New York's rally in the bottom half of the frame for the win. Chris Capuano started the contest and went six-plus innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk in the Mets' third win in four games.
"We all know what we can do. We know the kind of team we are," Mets center fielder Angel Pagan said about his team. "We like to fight until the end, and the last couple of nights we showed that."
Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the year and the 299th of his career.
Chad Qualls (5-6) took the loss by allowing the go-ahead runs to reach base in the eighth, spoiling Wade LeBlanc's quality start. LeBlanc allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five through six innings.
Jesus Guzman doubled twice, scored a run and knocked in one in the Padres' second straight loss after a four-game win streak.
San Diego Padres (51-65) at New York Mets (57-57), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.98) New York - Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.44)
The New York Mets aim to build off last night's exciting finish versus the San Diego Padres with Tuesday's second test of a four-game series at Citi Field.
The Mets rallied for five runs in the last two innings and put up a three-spot in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 triumph in the series opener. David Wright had an RBI single and Lucas Duda was the hero with a two-run base hit to win it for the Mets, who prevailed for the second time in three games following a five-game losing streak.
Wright finished with two hits, two runs scored and three hits, while Duda went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Jason Bay homered for the 200th time in his career to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and owns 12 RBI in his past 13 contests.
"Just take the blows, play hard. I don't know what the outcome will be at the end, but (we have) to play with our heart, our gut, and play it out," Mets manager Terry Collins said postgame.
New York was without star shortstop Jose Reyes, who landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring for the second time this season. Daniel Murphy joined him with a likely season-ending sprained knee.
Mike Pelfrey started for New York and gave up four runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings in the no-decision. Closer Jason Isringhausen threw a scoreless ninth to collect the win.
Chris Capuano draws the assignment for Collins' club tonight and he is 9-10 with a 4.44 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) this season. He is only 1-3 in his past four decisions and did not factor in the outcome of last Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Florida in which he allowed two runs in six innings.
The lefty is 3-5 in 10 home starts this season and will face San Diego for the eighth time in his career. In the first seven games (6 starts) against the Padres, Capuano is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA.
San Diego's four-game winning streak came to an end last night and the bullpen was the reason for that. Starter Tim Stauffer gave up four runs in seven innings for the no-decision and Chad Qualls allowed two more runs in the eighth. Closer Heath Bell surrendered Duda's game-winning hit and was charged with three runs on four hits in just one-third of an inning.
"I made two bad pitches that really cost me," sad Bell.
Jason Bartlett drove in three runs and Jesus Guzman had a pair of RBI in a losing cause. Guzman has a nine-game hitting streak going for the Padres, who are 3-1 on a 10-game road trip.
Wade LeBlanc gets the nod for the Friars tonight and will make just his fifth start of the season. LeBlanc is 0-2 with a 4.98 ERA and has recorded back-to- back no-decisions. In his last start on July 31 versus Colorado, the Padres recorded an 8-3 win and LeBlanc was reached for three runs and nine hits in six innings of work. He was then sent to Triple-A Tucson the next day.
The lefty lost his only career start against the Mets last June 1.
San Diego and New York are meeting for the first time since splitting six matchups a year ago. The Padres, who will also visit Cincinnati for three games on this trek, have won seven of the previous 12 meetings with the Mets.
On a day when star shortstop Jose Reyes landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring for the second time this season and Daniel Murphy joined him with a likely season-ending sprained MCL, New York's last- standing stars and fill-ins dug deep.
David Wright drove in the first of three ninth-inning runs off Padres closer Heath Bell, then Lucas Duda singled home the tying and winning ones, as the Mets rallied past the Padres, 9-8.
Jason Isringhausen (3-2) was the beneficiary, pitching a scoreless top of the inning, giving the Mets an opportunity to touch up Bell (2-4), who struggled with location and gave up four hits. The last of those was a single to center by Duda that scored Justin Turner and Wright.
Jason Bartlett's bases-clearing double capped a four-run eighth that looked to have the Padres sitting pretty, but instead, the normally reliable Bell faltered, snapping the team's four-game winning streak.
The Mets clubbed three home runs in the first three frames, and Wright hit one of them, a two-run shot as part of a 2-for-5 night with three RBI and two runs scored. New York has split its last four games.
San Diego Padres (51-64) at New York Mets (56-57), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Tim Stauffer (7-8, 2.96) New York - Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.48)
The injury bug has struck again for the New York Mets.
Expected to be without shortstop Jose Reyes and infielder Daniel Murphy, the Mets will move on with tonight's opener of a four-game series versus the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.
Both Reyes (hamstring) and Murphy (leg) went down in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game series, and it appears Murphy could be lost for the year. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Murphy will land on the DL and Ruben Tejada is expected to replace him on the roster.
Murphy needed to be helped off of the field after Jose Constanza slid into his left shin on a play at second base.
"He's a tremendous teammate, a guy that everybody roots for, he's the type of guy that's easy to root for," said Mets third baseman David Wright, who moved over to shortstop when Reyes left with a left hamstring ailment. "Of course, you think of his well-being after something like that."
Reyes injured himself while running out a ground ball in the first inning. He missed 12 games from July 3-18 with a Grade 1 strain of the same hamstring and is batting an NL-best .336 with 37 RBI, 34 stolen bases and 16 triples. Willie Harris drove in two runs and Jason Bay extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-3 performance and three runs scored for New York, which has lost six of seven games and is 1-4 on a rain-shortened nine-game homestand.
Dillon Gee started for the Mets on Sunday and did not record a decision, as he allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. Bobby Parnell was saddled with the loss for surrendering the go-ahead run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Mike Pelfrey will try for better results for the Mets when he makes his 24th start of the season Monday. Pelfrey is 1-2 over his previous five starts and did not record a decision in last Monday's 7-3 setback versus Florida. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in six innings to remain at 6-9 this season to go along with a 4.48 ERA.