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Pelfrey helps Mets top Braves, end five-game losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Mike Pelfrey wasn't distracted by a pregame meeting of the Mets' top executives.

"I didn't really pay attention to that; it's out of my pay grade," Pelfrey said.

A focused Pelfrey gave the Mets a lift with 7 2/3 strong innings and New York beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.

Pelfrey (5-1) became the first Mets starting pitcher to win a game this month. He was perhaps an unlikely choice to end the May drought as he improved to only 3-10 in 19 career starts in the month.

The right-hander said he wasn't aware of the rotation's month-long drought.

"I knew my last three starts I didn't have a win," Pelfrey said.

Rod Barajas gave the Mets a 2-0 lead with a two-run double off Derek Lowe (5-4) in the second.

"We needed to go out there and stop what was going on. Put a halt to it," said Barajas of the losing streak.

Pedro Feliciano struck out Brian McCann with the bases loaded in the eighth to protect a one-run lead. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his sixth save. With two outs, Yunel Escobar walked and stole second. Rodriguez struck out Nate McLouth to end the game.

Pelfrey gave up seven hits and two runs, walked two and struck out three.

"Again, pitching is the key," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "If we continue to get this kind of pitching, it at least gives us a chance."

Pelfrey also ended the Mets' streak of five straight road losses. With the win, the Mets moved out of last place in the NL East, one-half game ahead of Atlanta.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon met with Manuel, general manager Omar Minaya and assistant general manager John Ricco before the game.

Asked after the game if the win meant Wilpon would remain with the team, a smiling Manuel said: "I don't know what that plan is. Whatever it takes, I'm cool with that."

Lowe gave up four hits and three runs in seven innings.

"We just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Pelfrey pitched well. Lowe did, too. Four hits is pretty good for seven innings."

Barajas drove in Chris Carter, who led off the second with a double, and Ike Davis, who was hit by a pitch, with his two-run double.

Carter was 1-for-2 and drove in a run and is hitting .400. The rookie started in right field for Jeff Francoeur and may start again on Tuesday for left fielder Jason Bay, according to Manuel.

"We have a chance to keep some people fresh and see him continue to swing the bat," Manuel said of Carter, who was recalled on May 11.

Eric Hinske, who hit his first homer of the season on Sunday, had three hits, including his second homer. He hit an 0-2 pitch from Pelfrey over the right-field wall in the fifth to cut the Mets' lead to 2-1.

Jose Reyes' ninth stolen base helped the Mets push the lead back to two runs in the sixth. Reyes singled, moved to second on a sacrifice and stole third before scoring on Carter's groundout to second.

Martin Prado, named NL player of the week on Monday, led off the sixth with a double and later scored on Chipper Jones' sacrifice fly to cut New York's lead to 3-2.

The Mets protected the lead in the eighth after McLouth hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice and raced to third on a wild pitch from Pelfrey. McLouth broke for the plate on Prado's grounder to Reyes at shortstop. Reyes threw to the plate to start a long rundown which finally ended with McLouth out and Prado standing on second base.

Feliciano gave up Jason Heyward's infield single before walking Jones to load the bases. He struck out McCann to end the threat.

Notes
  • The Mets said LHP Jonathon Niese suffered a mild strain of his right hamstring on Sunday. He was examined in New York.
  • Mets RHP Ryota Igarashi pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout, in an injury rehab appearance for Class A St. Lucie and will report to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
  • Slumping RF Jeff Francoeur was held out of the Mets' lineup for the second straight game. He entered the game in the sixth.
  • Bay's eighth-inning single gave him an 11-game hitting streak.
  • Braves OF Jordan Schafer was activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was already on a rehab assignment.
 
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Although historically a bad month for Mike Pelfrey, he becomes the first Mets' starter to get a win in May. (AP)
Although historically a bad month for Mike Pelfrey, he becomes the first Mets' starter to get a win in May. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

E. Hinske
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110000 .221
Luis Castillo, 2B3000010 .257
Jason Bay, LF3010110 .278
Chris Carter, RF2111100 .400
    Jeff Francoeur, RF1000001 .212
David Wright, 3B4000013 .270
Ike Davis, 1B2100111 .271
Rod Barajas, C4022020 .273
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3000012 .173
Mike Pelfrey, P3000002 .188
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals2935337  
Batting
2B - Chris Carter (2, Lowe), Rod Barajas (6, Lowe)
SH - Luis Castillo (5)
RBI - Chris Carter (3), Rod Barajas 2 (22)
SB - Jose Reyes (9, 3rd base off Lowe/McCann), Jason Bay (5, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Davis, Castillo-Davis-Reyes, Reyes-Davis
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,5-1) 7.2722231 3.02
Pedro Feliciano (H,4) 0.1100110 1.62
Francisco Rodriguez (S,6) 1000110 1.83
WP - Mike Pelfrey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 103-65, Pedro Feliciano 14-6, Francisco Rodriguez 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 10-6, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Pedro Feliciano 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B3120100 .329
Jason Heyward, RF4010012 .275
Chipper Jones, 3B1001200 .222
Brian McCann, C4000014 .243
Troy Glaus, 1B4000020 .275
Eric Hinske, LF4131000 .389
Yunel Escobar, SS3000102 .202
Nate McLouth, CF4020011 .198
Derek Lowe, P1000000 .071
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Melky Cabrera, PH0000000 .193
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals2828245  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (11, Pelfrey), Eric Hinske (8, Pelfrey), Nate McLouth (8, Pelfrey)
HR - Eric Hinske (2, Pelfrey)
SF - Chipper Jones (1)
SH - Derek Lowe (4), Melky Cabrera (4)
RBI - Chipper Jones (9), Eric Hinske (18)
SB - Yunel Escobar (3, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Barajas)
CS - Martin Prado (3, 2nd base by Pelfrey/Barajas)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar-Glaus, Escobar-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (L,5-4) 7433330 5.47
Eric O'Flaherty 0.2000010 2.25
Peter Moylan 0.1100000 2.51
Takashi Saito 1000030 2.25
HBP - Davis (by Derek Lowe)
WP - Derek Lowe (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 93-53, Eric O'Flaherty 10-7, Peter Moylan 5-4, Takashi Saito 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 13-3, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Eric O'Flaherty 2, Peter Moylan 2, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21086
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Lance Barksdale