The New York Mets used 7 doubles, including 4 in a row in the 3rd inning, to down the Cleveland Indians tonight at Progressive Field 8-4. Jason Bay
bumped into Indians first baseman Andy Marte
at full speed beating out an infield single in the 2nd inning and later left the game for precautionary measures with a quad contusion but not before contributing to the doubling.
For the third game in a row the Mets had a 5-run inning. Tonight it was the aformentioned 3rd inning. With 1 out Ruben Tejada
singled, then Jose Reyes
singled to put runners on the corners. Angel Pagan
began the double parade driving in Tejada for a 1-0 Mets lead. David Wright
followed with a 2-run double. Then Ike Davis
doubled to drive in Wright, and finally Bay doubled to plate Davis and give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Mets starter Jon Niese
(4-2) did not get quite as close to perfection as he did in his last start, a 1-hitter. Tonight Shelley Duncan
hit a 2-run homer off him, his second in 2 nights, in the 4th inning and it was 5-2 Mets. In the bottom of the 5th the other Carlos Santana
had an RBI single to make it 5-3. That was as close as the Indians would get.
In the 6th Chris Carter
led off with a double for the Mets. He moved to third on a Rod Barajas
single then scored on a Jeff Francoeur
single. 2 outs later Pagan knocked Indians starter Mitch Talbot
(7-5) from the game with a 2-run single to make it 8-3 Mets.
The Indians added a harmless run in the 8th for the final margin when Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia
could not record an out. He walked Santana and Travis Hafner
back-to-back leading off the inning and was removed in favor or Elmer Dessens
who walked Austin Kearns
to load the bases then allowed a sacrifice fly to Jhonny Peralta
for the 8-4 score. Dessens prevented further damage by getting Duncan to ground into an inning-ending double play.Box score