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Valentin's grand slam highlights Mets' 17-3 rout in nightcap

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NEW YORK -- The Mets certainly made things easy for Mike Pelfrey.

Jose Valentin hit a grand slam in the first inning and a bases-loaded triple in the second to spark New York's biggest offensive showing of the season, a 17-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday that gave Pelfrey a victory in his major league debut.

"I hope he doesn't think it's going to be like this the rest of his career," catcher Paul Lo Duca said.

The outburst was surprising considering New York's performance in the first game of the doubleheader, a 3-2 loss in which the Mets twice left the bases loaded without scoring a run.

"Night and day," manager Willie Randolph said. "I like the second result much better."

Besides Valentin's career-high seven RBI, Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer, drove in five runs and scored three more for the Mets. Carlos Beltran hit his 25th home run and scored four times for New York.

The 6-foot-7 Pelfrey (1-0), the ninth pick in last year's amateur draft, struggled with his control throughout his much-anticipated debut. He was activated from Double-A Binghamton on Friday.

"I was a little nervous at first and I kind of felt too good," said Pelfrey, whose parents, siblings and girlfriend were all in attendance. "I was a little erratic at first. In the fourth and fifth innings I kind of calmed my nerves and kind of just started pitching. Just kind of trusted my stuff, tried to throw strikes."

Of the 104 pitches he threw in five innings of work, 46 were balls. He gave up two earned runs and five hits, walked four, struck out three, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

"He obviously was rushing a lot and overthrowing a lot, all of the things that young pitchers do," Randolph said. "He settled down a little bit. We were able to get him through. All of the runs obviously helped."

It was certainly enough to get the 22-year-old out of Wichita State the win. The Shea Stadium crowd gave him a nice ovation after he retired the Marlins in order in the fifth and 286-game winner Tom Glavine was one of the first to congratulate him when he reached the dugout.

"He's got a great arm," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "He's just a kid. This time last year he was probably signing. It was pretty impressive."

Pelfrey's time with the Mets may be short-lived. Randolph said he and general manager Omar Minaya would sit down to talk about whether to keep Pelfrey with the team or send him back down to the minors. A decision is expected within the next day or so.

Valentin helped the Mets to an early 5-0 lead with a first-inning grand slam, punctuating his drive to right by pumping his fist as he rounded first base. He came up with the bases loaded again in the second against Florida starter Ricky Nolasco (6-6). This time, Valentin tripled off the right-field wall, putting the Mets firmly in control, 9-2.

"I was hoping he would hit for the cycle," Randolph said. "He got a couple of the tough ones out of the way early."

The Mets added two runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to clinch the victory. Beltran hit a solo homer in the seventh for the final run.

Notes

  • Julio Franco came in for Mets 1B Carlos Delgado in the fifth inning of the first game. Delgado was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the second. X-rays were negative and he is day to day with a bruise on his knuckle.
  • The four starting pitchers for Saturday's doubleheader were rookies. The last time two teams started four rookie pitchers in a doubleheader was Toronto at Milwaukee on Aug. 7, 1977. The Blue Jays started Jerry Garvin and Jim Clancy against the Brewers' Lary Sorenson and Moose Haas.
  • Reyes said he hasn't made a decision about playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game. He will make the trip to Pittsburgh regardless of how his pinkie is doing. "You have to go, right?" the first time All-Star said with a smile Saturday.
  • The Mets' previous high for runs came in a 15-2 win at Arizona on June 11. The 17 runs were the most scored at home by New York in franchise history.
 
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Jose Valentin is all smiles after driving in a career-high seven runs, including a grand slam.  (AP)
Jose Valentin is all smiles after driving in a career-high seven runs, including a grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Floyd
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
New York

J. Valentin
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 7
 
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-2B5020002 .261
Hanley Ramirez, SS5000021 .262
Dan Uggla, 2B2110011 .307
    Cody Ross, LF2000000 .258
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2000101 .338
    Wes Helms, 3B1000000 .264
Mike Jacobs, 1B4121000 .278
    Josh Willingham, PR-1B0000000 .267
Joe Borchard, LF-RF3000112 .226
Jeremy Hermida, RF1100200 .288
    Reggie Abercrombie, CF1010000 .215
Matt Treanor, C2010103 .220
    Miguel Olivo, C1000002 .284
Ricky Nolasco, P0001000 .158
    Jason Vargas, P2000102 .333
Totals313726414 
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (15, Pelfrey), Mike Jacobs (24, Feliciano)
SH - Ricky Nolasco (3)
RBI - Mike Jacobs (45), Ricky Nolasco (3)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (7, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 9
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,6-6) 1.2699311 5.00
Jason Vargas 6.11088132 7.09
HBP - Lo Duca (by Ricky Nolasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 70-37, Jason Vargas 101-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 1-3, Jason Vargas 5-11
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 15, Jason Vargas 30
New York Mets
Endy Chavez, RF5230000 .285
Paul Lo Duca, C4323001 .296
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, CF3421202 .279
David Wright, 3B4211112 .316
Cliff Floyd, LF4335110 .248
Jose Valentin, 2B5127011 .274
Julio Franco, 1B4000012 .284
    Henry Owens, P0000000 .000
    Eli Marrero, C1000000 .224
Chris Woodward, SS5120000 .239
Mike Pelfrey, P2000000 .000
   a- Xavier Nady, PH-1B3110001 .265
Totals40171617449 
a-singled for Pelfrey in the 5th
Batting
2B - David Wright (22, Vargas), Cliff Floyd (12, Vargas)
3B - Endy Chavez (3, Nolasco), Jose Valentin (2, Nolasco)
HR - Carlos Beltran (25, Vargas), Cliff Floyd (7, Vargas), Jose Valentin (9, Nolasco)
RBI - Paul Lo Duca 3 (29), Carlos Beltran (67), David Wright (71), Cliff Floyd 5 (26), Jose Valentin 7 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Floyd (9), Jose Valentin 3 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Woodward-Valentin-Franco, Wright-Valentin-Nady
E - David Wright (11, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,1-0) 5532430 3.60
Henry Owens 2000200 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 1200000 2.41
Aaron Heilman 1000010 4.35
HBP - Uggla (by Mike Pelfrey)
WP - Mike Pelfrey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 104-58, Henry Owens 27-12, Pedro Feliciano 11-9, Aaron Heilman 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-6, Henry Owens 1-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 24, Henry Owens 7, Pedro Feliciano 5, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41477
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Adam Dowdy