New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey
(5-0) set a franchise record, becoming the first Met pitcher ever to go 5-0 in their first 6 starts, going a strong 6 and overcoming two errors and two passed balls en route to a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Pedro Feliciano
, Elmer Dessens
and Francisco Rodriguez
(15th save) finished up.
The Mets scored thrice in the 1st inning off Indians starter Jake Westbrook
(4-4). Jose Reyes
led off with a single and Angel Pagan
followed with a single of his own. After David Wright
struck out, Ike Davis
singled pushing Reyes across the plate and Pagan to third base from where he scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Jeff Francoeur
. A single by Chris Carter
moved Davis to third base. Henry Blanco
then singled to drive in Davis and the Mets had a 3-0 lead after half an inning of play.
The Indians took advantage of a passed ball in the 2nd inning. Travis Hafner
led off with a single and advanced to second on a ground out. He moved to third on Blanco's first passed ball then scored on a single by Jhonny Peralta
making it 3-1 Mets. They got another run in the 3rd. With one out Shin-Soo Choo
singled, moved to second on a ground out, then scored on a fielding error by second baseman Ruben Tejada
on a ground ball hit by Hafner and after 3 it was 3-2 Mets.
In the 4th inning the Mets extended their lead. Jesus Feliciano
, playing left field to give Jason Bay
's bruised quad a rest, led off with a walk. Tejada sacrificed him to second. Reyes then hit a flare to shallow left that fell in front of Shelley Duncan
who then threw it to third base keeping Feliciano there as Reyes took second. Somewhat surprisingly the Indians then intentionally walked Pagan to bring up Wright with the bases loaded and 1 out. Wright grounded into a fielder's choice, forcing Pagan out at second as Feliciano scored. Davis then singled driving in Reyes and it was 5-2 Mets.
Blanco allowed his 2nd and final passed ball of the game in the bottom of the 4th but the Indians failed to score. But in the 5th Choo singled then Carlos Santana
doubled him to third from where he scored on a ground out by Hafner to make it 5-3 Mets.
In the 7th Feliciano relieved Dickey. After Choo grounded out, Santana doubled off the wall in center then scored on another RBI ground out by Hafner and the Indians trailed by 1, 5-4.
The Mets added an insurance run in the 8th off reliever Chris Perez
. With 2 outs Tejada singled then scored on a Reyes RBI triple making it 6-4. Mets closer Rodriguez allowed Choo a 1 out single then a stolen base in the 9th but struck out Indians slugger Hafner on a 3-2 pitch to save the series sweep and bring the Mets to 6-0 on their current road trip as they head to the Boogie Down.Box score