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Mets 1, Pirates 0 (10)

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NEW YORK -- With injured ace Johan Santana scheduled to have shoulder surgery Tuesday that could keep him out for the start of next season, Dillon Gee is pitching his way into consideration for a spot in the New York Mets' 2011 rotation.

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Nick Evans is using his infrequent opportunities to appeal for a place on the big league roster, too.

Pinch-hitting with one out in the 10th inning, Evans singled home the winning run off Chan Ho Park to give New York a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Whether it's taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his first major-league start or fighting through a lack of command against Pittsburgh for six innings of five-hit ball, Gee has gotten the job done. His manager is taking notice -- despite saying before the game that September auditions are not good indicators of success.

"When you throw shutout innings, it has to translate into something positive," Jerry Manuel said. "He has a chance to be a real decent pitcher at this level."

Evans, with three hits in 11 at-bats this season, drove in Ruben Tejada, a .188 hitter who had a one-out double. Jose Tabata fielded Evans' hit off Park (1-2) in shallow left, but his throw was off line and Tejada scored easily.

"It's good to get in there and help contribute to the game," Evans said. "I'd love to be given the opportunity" to be a role player on the team.

Hisanori Takahashi (9-6) pitched two innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 outings and 13 1/3 innings. He got a boost from his catcher, Josh Thole.

Thole threw out a runner trying to steal in the ninth, then nailed Andrew McCutchen at third trying to advance on a bunt in the 10th. McCutchen led off the inning with a double.

"He's made some very, very good throws to second base," Manuel said. "He's evolving as one of the young leaders of the team."

Elsewhere on the local sports docket, the New York Jets were playing their NFL season opener on Monday Night Football -- one of several enticing options for fans rather than a rain-delayed matchup between anemic offenses at Citi Field.

In fact, the Mets posted a message on the scoreboard during the second inning inviting the sparse crowd that waited out a 43-minute delay at the start to fill the pricey seats behind the dugouts.

But Takahashi was focused on one thing.

"Even though everybody's kind of interested in the Jets game, I do what I can do for the baseball," he said through a translator.

Those who did make it to the Mets game saw two young pitchers, Gee and Pittsburgh's James McDonald, make promising starts.

Starting in place of Santana last Tuesday, Gee took a no-hitter into the sixth against Washington in his major league debut. He wasn't quite that effective against the worst-hitting team in the National League. Using a deceptive changeup, the right-hander gave up five hits - two weak doubles just inside third-base line - and walked four, one intentionally. He put runners on base in five innings and loaded them in the fourth.

"It just seemed like when I got some guys on I could locate it inside and get some popups," Gee said.

Gee was pulled after 106 pitches. Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano each pitched a hitless inning. The shutout was the Mets' 19th of the season, most in the majors.

In two starts, Gee has given up one run and seven hits in 13 innings.

McDonald was coming off seven innings of five-hit ball against Atlanta, beating Braves ace Tim Hudson to win for the first time in four starts. McDonald went a career-high eight innings this time, scattering five hits and getting help from two caught stealings.

"James did a great job. Really battled," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He's got the stuff. ... He's able to keep his pitch count low now and when he does that, he's really grown."

A group of Pedro Alvarez fans wearing yellow Pirates T-shirts with his name and number on the back stood and cheered the New Yorker with every at-bat. Alvarez, who went to a private high school in New York, was playing his first big league game in the Big Apple.

Alvarez's parents brought the team chicken, rice and beans from a popular restaurant in Washington Heights, the heavily Dominican neighborhood in northern Manhattan where Alvarez grew up. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Notes

The Pirates claimed RHP Chris Leroux off waivers from the Marlins and designated righty reliever Brian Bass for assignment. Leroux was added to the 40-man roster. ... Mets LF Lucas Duda went 0 for 3 and has one hit in his first 32 big league at-bats. ... The Mets are 5-2 in 1-0 games this season. ... Pittsburgh 2B Neil Walker went 0 for 3 with two walks, snapping his 18-game hitting streak.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Gee
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 4
K 3
Pittsburgh

J. McDonald
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF5010020 .274
Jose Tabata, LF5010010 .307
Neil Walker, 2B3000201 .306
Garrett Jones, 1B5020002 .247
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000124 .235
John Bowker, RF3000002 .178
   a- Lastings Milledge, PH-RF1000000 .277
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010000 .243
Chris Snyder, C2010201 .214
    Alexander Presley, PR0000000 .333
    Ryan Doumit, C0000000 .255
James McDonald, P3000005 .000
   b- Andy LaRoche, PH1000010 .208
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
Totals3506056  
a-grounded out for Bowker in the 8th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (30, Takahashi), Jose Tabata (18, Gee), Garrett Jones (29, Gee)
CS - Alexander Presley (1, 2nd base by Takahashi/Thole)
Team LOB - 10
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James McDonald 8500240 4.13
Chris Resop 1000010 3.86
Chan Ho Park (L,3-3) 0.1211000 5.16
Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 96-57, Chris Resop 15-10, Chan Ho Park 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 4-14, Chris Resop 1-1, Chan Ho Park 1-0
Batters Faced - James McDonald 29, Chris Resop 3, Chan Ho Park 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3010000 .286
Angel Pagan, RF3000102 .287
Carlos Beltran, CF4000011 .230
David Wright, 3B4010000 .288
Ike Davis, 1B4010011 .262
Josh Thole, C3000101 .291
Lucas Duda, LF3000003 .031
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Ruben Tejada, 2B1110000 .193
Luis Hernandez, 2B2000022 .238
   a- Chris Carter, PH1000000 .257
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .063
   b- Nick Evans, PH1011000 .273
Dillon Gee, P2010010 .400
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Feliciano, LF1010000 .278
Totals3217125  
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
b-singled for Takahashi in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (30, McDonald), Ruben Tejada (7, Park), Dillon Gee (1, McDonald)
SH - Jose Reyes (4)
RBI - Nick Evans (2)
CS - Jose Reyes (8, 2nd base by McDonald/Snyder), Angel Pagan (9, 2nd base by McDonald/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 6500430 0.69
Elmer Dessens 1000010 2.04
Pedro Feliciano 1000010 2.87
Hisanori Takahashi (W,9-6) 2100110 3.74
IBB - Snyder by Dillon Gee
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 106-59, Elmer Dessens 11-6, Pedro Feliciano 15-9, Hisanori Takahashi 36-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 5-10, Elmer Dessens 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Hisanori Takahashi 2-2
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 27, Elmer Dessens 3, Pedro Feliciano 3, Hisanori Takahashi 7
Game Information
Attendance - 24384
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Todd Tichenor