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NEW YORK -- Chris Capuano put aside any hint of pain and then really cramped Oakland's style.
Capuano got the free-swinging Athletics to chase a lot of early changeups and pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a tweak on his right side as the New York Mets won 4-1 on a dreary Thursday.
Capuano drove in the first run of the game, albeit with a double-play grounder, and Jose Reyes later took advantage of Oakland's shaky new first basemen to keep the Mets ahead.
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Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Capuano as a precaution because of discomfort in his abdomen. Capuano said he may've become dehydrated while waiting for the rain-delayed game to begin.
"I felt it warming up in the bullpen," Capuano said. "Just a little crampy. Not real sharp. Like a little dull ache."
"I think it was smart" to come out, he said. "Let's nip it in the bud."
After the start of the game was delayed by rain for two hours, 15 minutes, the Mets won their second in a row. They beat the A's on Wednesday night in a rain-interrupted game that took 13 innings and ended after midnight.
Capuano (6-7) said he was in bed at home as that long game kept getting longer. He was preparing to head back to the ballpark in case he was needed when New York won.
Fully rested, Capuano shut down the A's on five hits without a walk and struck out seven. Pedro Beato relieved to begin the seventh and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 20th save in 23 chances, a day after blowing a ninth-inning lead.
Reyes hit a pair of RBI singles and also scored a run. The Mets, however, got a lot of help from Oakland's fielders.
The Athletics sent slumping first baseman Daric Barton down to Triple-A on Wednesday, leaving themselves short at the position. Longtime second baseman Mark Ellis shifted over for his first career start there, and his inexperience at first base showed.
"A little nervous before the game and it took me a little while to get used to it," Ellis said.
The speedy Reyes opened the fifth with a grounder and Ellis ranged much too far to his right, missing the ball and leaving the bag uncovered. Second baseman Jemile Weeks made a clean pickup, but zipped a throw past pitcher Graham Godfrey (1-1) for an error. A sacrifice set up Daniel Murphy's RBI single with two outs for a 3-0 lead.
"It's not an easy play," Reyes said.
Said Ellis: "After a stab, I knew I made a mistake."
In the sixth, the A's made a double-switch and inserted Chris Carter at first base -- a highly touted minor leaguer, he was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento and arrived at the ballpark in midmorning after an all-night flight from the West.
Carter's first play was a foul popup by Reyes with two outs that he dropped near the stands for an error. Carter may have been preoccupied by Weeks coming over, too. Reyes, the NL's top hitter, slapped the next pitch from Craig Breslow for an RBI single.
"You don't have too many opportunities like that in the big leagues," Reyes said.
Coco Crisp had a sacrifice fly in the Oakland eighth.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second. Capuano grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and Reyes hit an RBI single.
|Mets shortstop Jose Reyes connects for one of his two RBI singles as the Mets top the A's. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jemile Weeks, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.321|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.251|
|Coco Crisp, CF||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.259|
|Conor Jackson, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Scott Sizemore, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.274|
|Mark Ellis, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.211|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ryan Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.285|
|David DeJesus, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Landon Powell, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.200|
|Graham Godfrey, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Chris Carter, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Wuertz in the 9th|
|2B - Scott Sizemore (4, Capuano)|
|SF - Coco Crisp (2)|
|SH - Scott Sizemore (3)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp (24)|
|SB - Jemile Weeks 2 (6, 2nd base off Capuano/Thole, 2nd base off Beato/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Weeks-Pennington-Ellis|
|E - Chris Carter (1, Dropped fly), Jemile Weeks (3, Throwing)|
|Graham Godfrey (L,1-1)||5.2||6||4||2||2||4||0||4.24|
|HBP - Turner (by Graham Godfrey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Graham Godfrey 115-72, Craig Breslow 10-7, Michael Wuertz 29-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Graham Godfrey 6-7, Michael Wuertz 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Graham Godfrey 26, Craig Breslow 3, Michael Wuertz 7|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.338|
|Justin Turner, 2B-3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.268|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Daniel Murphy, 3B-1B||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.290|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.242|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.176|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Thole, C||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.242|
|Chris Capuano, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.083|
|a- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Ruben Tejada, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|a-singled for Capuano in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Beato in the 8th|
|SH - Justin Turner (1)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (31), Daniel Murphy (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (15), Daniel Murphy (11)|
|CS - Daniel Murphy (3, 2nd base by Wuertz/Powell)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|New York Mets|
|Chris Capuano (W,6-7)||6||5||0||0||0||7||0||3.99|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.25|
|HBP - DeJesus (by Chris Capuano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 88-64, Pedro Beato 28-16, Francisco Rodriguez 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 8-3, Pedro Beato 3-3, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Pedro Beato 7, Francisco Rodriguez 3|
|Attendance - 30168|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Al Porter|