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Pedro lasts seven innings, Mets keep rolling over Bucs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- On a day when he got bad news about his closer and watched his bullpen struggle again, New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel preferred to talk about something positive.

"Pedro was outstanding tonight," he said.

Pedro Martinez pitched seven innings for the first time this season, and Jose Reyes and Ramon Castro homered to lead the surging Mets past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 Saturday night.

Reyes and Castro each finished with two hits and two RBI for the Mets, who have won five straight and nine of 12. New York, which is a season-best 11 games over .500, entered the day leading the NL East by one game over Philadelphia.

Martinez (4-3) allowed one run, eight hits and struck out four in his 13th start of the season. Previously, his longest outing was 6 1/3 innings in a loss to San Diego on Aug. 6.

"Pedro kept them off-balance and got big outs when he needed to," Manuel said. "He pitched extremely well for us. It was very impressive. We need that type of effort going forward."

The oft-injured right-hander, who won for the first time since beating the Phillies on July 7, has gone seven innings just twice in his past 22 starts dating to 2006.

"I felt pretty good," Martinez said. "It's starting to come along. The last two outings, I've been making adjustments to get where I needed to be. I had command of the fastball, especially getting ahead, and the changeup. They kept swinging at it, and that made it easier for me."

The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes.

"That was great to see," Reyes said.

Martinez's outing was nearly wasted by the Mets' shaky bullpen.

The Pirates scored three times in the ninth against rusty rookie Eddie Kunz, who hadn't pitched since Sunday. Pedro Feliciano entered with runners on first and second with one out. He earned his second save after getting Ryan Doumit to fly out and Adam LaRoche to ground out.

"I feel really good about this win. We've just got to close the game out," Manuel said. "We've got to get through the end of the game."

Before the game, New York got disappointing news when injured closer Billy Wagner felt discomfort in his pitching elbow following a simulated game.

The All-Star reliever, sidelined with a strained left forearm, won't come off the disabled list as expected Monday and instead will return to New York on Sunday for further evaluation.

One night after the Mets held on for a 2-1 victory, they provided plenty of offense for Martinez, who shut down Pittsburgh for six innings on Monday only to have his bullpen blow a 5-1 lead in a 7-5 New York loss.

Reyes led off the game with a home run to left field against Zach Duke (4-11) and added an RBI triple in the second.

Carlos Beltran and Fernando Tatis had RBI as part of a three-run first, and Castro's two-run homer in the sixth made it 6-0. Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

"It was a tough first inning," Duke said. "I left a fastball up to Reyes, and he made me pay for it."

Duke, who retired 13 of 14 batters during one stretch, allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings. The left-hander, winless in 12 starts, dropped to 0-5 with a 7.97 ERA in the second half.

"He was missing his spots early," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "He took two to three innings to get into a rhythm. He can't do that. When that happens, the damage is already done."

Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez had three hits apiece, and Andy LaRoche homered for the Pirates, who have lost three straight.

Each starter had at least one hit for the Pirates, who had a runner on base in every inning.

"It was nice to see us push it in the ninth," Russell said. "We didn't quit."

Notes

  • Pirates general manager Neal Huntington credited team owner Bob Nutting with providing the financial backing to sign No. 2 overall pick Pedro Alvarez. The Vanderbilt slugger received a franchise-record $6 million signing bonus. "We were given the resources to do what we needed to," Huntington said Saturday. "Because of that, we sit here today a much deeper and stronger organization."
  • Reyes' leadoff homer was the 12th of his career, extending his team record. His triple was his major league-leading 14th and the 66th of his career, also a club record.
  • The Mets have scored 96 first-inning runs.
  • Pittsburgh drew 37,506, its second consecutive sellout.
 
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The Mets get their money's worth out of Pedro on this night. He strikes out four with one walk. (AP)
The Mets get their money's worth out of Pedro on this night. He strikes out four with one walk. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

P. Martinez
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5122004 .305
Nick Evans, LF4000011 .243
    Endy Chavez, LF1010000 .272
David Wright, 3B5110012 .292
Carlos Beltran, CF5111011 .270
Carlos Delgado, 1B5110012 .260
Fernando Tatis, RF3011100 .302
Damion Easley, 2B4110013 .267
Ramon Castro, C3122110 .270
Pedro Martinez, P2110000 .148
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH0001100 .421
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .667
    Eddie Kunz, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Totals37711736  
a-walked for P. Martinez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (31, Duke)
3B - Jose Reyes (14, Duke)
HR - Jose Reyes (13, Duke), Ramon Castro (7, Duke)
SH - Pedro Martinez (4)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (53), Carlos Beltran (81), Fernando Tatis (36), Ramon Castro 2 (23), Daniel Murphy (9)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (7), Ramon Castro 2 (17), Daniel Murphy (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wright-Easley-Delgado, Easley-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (W,4-3) 7811141 4.96
Brian Stokes 1100000 3.38
Eddie Kunz 0.1333000 13.50
Joe Smith0100000 4.25
Pedro Feliciano (S,2) 0.2000000 3.57
HBP - Pearce (by Eddie Kunz)
WP - Pedro Martinez (1), Eddie Kunz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 95-64, Brian Stokes 12-9, Eddie Kunz 17-7, Joe Smith 5-4, Pedro Feliciano 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 8-7, Brian Stokes 2-1, Eddie Kunz 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 28, Brian Stokes 4, Eddie Kunz 5, Joe Smith 1, Pedro Feliciano 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF5011024 .279
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5030001 .255
Ryan Doumit, C5010004 .324
Adam LaRoche, 1B5010003 .267
Andy LaRoche, 3B4121002 .198
Brandon Moss, LF3110122 .258
Steve Pearce, RF3110001 .216
Jack Wilson, SS4131002 .281
Zach Duke, P1000001 .133
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000001 .286
    Romulo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000002 .235
Totals37413314  
a-flied out for D. Bautista in the 7th
b-grounded out for Yates in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andy LaRoche (3, P. Martinez), Jack Wilson (14, Kunz)
HR - Andy LaRoche (4, P. Martinez)
SH - Zach Duke (5)
RBI - Nate McLouth (75), Andy LaRoche (11), Jack Wilson (16)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,4-11) 6966022 5.26
Denny Bautista 1000010 3.35
Romulo Sanchez 1111310 5.06
Tyler Yates 1100020 5.24
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 103-61, Denny Bautista 8-5, Romulo Sanchez 31-14, Tyler Yates 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 8-8, Denny Bautista 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Denny Bautista 3, Romulo Sanchez 7, Tyler Yates 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37506
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West