The visiting New York Mets took advantage of the host Cleveland Indians many mistakes tonight, their shortstop Jason Donald
the primary culprit with 2 fielding errors and a base running gaffe, then Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez
barely held on allowing a 2-out, 2-run homer to pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan
as the Mets edged the Indians 7-6 at Progressive Field.
As the Mets have been doing often the last few weeks they got off to a fast start and Jose Reyes
had something to do with it. Tonight he walked leading off the top of the 1st inning then stole second base. After moving to third on an Angel Pagan
ground out he scored on a single by David Wright
making it 1-0 Mets.
Then they quickly fell behind. Like Mike Pelfrey
on Sunday, Mets starter Johan Santana
(5-3) did not have his best stuff at the outset. Travis Hafner
led off the bottom of the 2nd with a home run to deep right tying the game at 1. After Austin Kearns
lined out hard to third, Santana walked Russell Branyan
. Jhonny Peralta
and Luis Valbuena
hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Luckily for the Mets Cleveland was about to make a mistake. Despite the slowness of Branyan at third, batter Donald attempted to bunt. His bunt was so poor that he ran into it in fair territory and was called out for batters interference. But Trevor Crowe
made no mistake, singling to left to drive in Branyan and Peralta and give the Indians a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the 4th they touched Santana for another run. With 1 out Peralta walked then moved to second on a balk. 1 out later Donald singled to drive in Peralta and after 4 Cleveland led 4-1.
The Mets played some small ball and some big ball in the 5th. Jeff Francoeur
led off with a single to shallow left. Alex Cora
followed with a bunt single putting runners on first and second with no outs. Reyes then reached on a bunt single and on the play Indians starter Justin Masterson
(2-6) made an error allowing Francoeur to score and Cora and Reyes to each move up a base. After a Pagan ground out Wright singled to shortstop driving in Cora and Reyes scored as well on the shortstop Donald's throw. Then Ike Davis
put an end to the small ball with a 2-run homer to center and it was 6-4 Mets.
The Mets added an insurance run on another Donald flub in the 7th. With 1 out Pagan reached on Donald's second error of the game. Wright singled then Davis walked to load the bases. Pagan scored the Mets final run on a fielder's choice ground out by Jason Bay