Nelson Figueroa came in and shut down St. Louis for 4 1-3 innings, boosting the offense with a two-run triple in a 9-0 victory Wednesday over the Cardinals.
Second baseman Luis Castillo missed the game, a day after spraining his left ankle when he slipped and fell in the dugout. Left fielder Gary Sheffield, just off the disabled list last weekend, aggravated a hamstring injury while running after a sixth-inning single and came out of the game. Jonathon Niese wound up doing the splits while trying to cover first base, went to the mound to throw a practice pitch and collapsed in pain from his hamstring. Another game, another injury for the New York Mets.
Nelson Figueroa (1-2) made a spot start against Arizona on Monday, lasted just 1 2-3 innings and allowed six runs and 10 hits. He wondered whether heâ€™d be sent back to the minors but was kept for long relief. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked none in his first major league win since Sept. 1 at Milwaukee. Bobby Parnell pitched three innings to complete the six-hitter and earn his first career save.
Angel Pagan singled, had a two-run triple and hit his second homer in four games, driving in four runs, and Wright hit an opposite-field, two-run homer in the first. New York took a 5-0 lead in two innings against Kyle Lohse, finished with 15 hits and won for just the second time in seven games.
Cardinals reliever Brad Thompson threw a pitch near the head of Wright in the sixth, prompting plate umpire Bill Miller to warn both dugouts. An inning earlier, Figueroa loaded the bases when he hit Cardinals star Albert Pujols near the right elbow. â€œYou understand itâ€™s part of the game but, you know, you do it the right way,â€ Wright said. â€œYou hit a guy in the butt, you hit a guy in the back.â€ Thompson maintained it wasnâ€™t intentional. â€œI certainly wasnâ€™t throwing at him, just trying to back him off the plate,â€ he said. Still, Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur was angry. â€œYou start throwing at a guyâ€™s head, you mess his career up,â€ he said. â€œI thought that was pretty bush.â€
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