Mets bite back

Posted on July 31, 2010 by

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The New York Mets (53-51) rebounded from Friday’s loss with a 5-4 walk-off win in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jesus Feliciano led off the ninth with a long triple to right-center field. After Jose Reyes popped to right field, the Diamondbacks intentionally walked Angel Pagan and David Wright to load the bases. Carlos Beltran than delivered with a game-winning sacrifice fly to right.

The Mets finished July with a 9-17 record (4-6 before the All-Star Break and 5-11 from July 15-31). They are now 33-18 at Citi Field.

The Mets picked up a game on the NL East leading Atlanta Braves, who dropped a 5-2 decision Saturday afternoon to the Cincinnati Reds. The Philadelphia Phillies remain 3 1/2 back in second place, losing 7-5 to the Washington Nationals.

Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Mets … recap and boxscore

The Mets and Diamondbacks play the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at 1:10pm. Jonathon Niese (7-4, 3.43) will take the mound for the Mets against Daniel Hudson (1-1, 6.32).

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Post Game Notes:

Hisanori Takahashi started and pitched six innings, allowing one run and seven hits. He struck out 10 batters and walked two (112 pitches/70 strikes).

Bobby Parnell surrendered the lead in the seventh, allowing three hits, three walks and three runs. Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch the final three innings, allowing no hits and striking out three.

Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a fifth-inning RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. 

David Wright was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Carlos Beltran went hitless (0-for-4) but collected the game-winning sacrifice fly RBI. In 15 games since returning from the disabled list is now .200 (11-for-55).

Post Game Quotes:

Carlos Beltran (on helping the Mets win): “I haven’t been with the team the whole season, so the guy they’ll challenge is me because they feel I’m not ready. I don’t have a problem with that. I have to make the most of it.”

Jerry Manuel (on Carlos Beltran): “He’s not quite right, but you know he knows what to do in those situations.”

Carlos Beltran (on Mets): “We’re fighting. Even though nothing happened this deadline, we’re going to come here every single day with the mentality of winning ballgames.”

David Wright (on the trade deadline): “Obviously, there’s 30 teams out there trying to improve themselves. If we would have gotten somebody, great. But we can’t hang our heads. We’ve got to find a way with the guys we have in here.”

Carlos Beltran (on the trade deadline): “It would’ve been great to get help from a player, but the organization feels we have an opportunity to win.”

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