New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes
, with only 6 hits in 45 at bats this season (including 0 for his last 18) after an 11 month layoff due to injury and illness, came alive with 4 hits in 5 at bats including a 2nd inning 2-run triple that gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead. The Mets won the game 4-0, have now won 2 consecutive games for the 1st time this season, and are assured that no matter how the rest of this 4 game series with the Chicago Cubs plays out they will not lose 5 consecutive series to open the season.
Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey
(3-0), fresh off his first career save in Saturday's infamous 20 inning game, pitched 7 strong innings allowing no runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6. Ryota Igarashi
, Fernando Nieve
and Francisco Rodriguez
finished off the shutout for the Mets.Fernando Tatis
hit a pinch-hit 2-run homer in the 8th inning off Cubs reliever John Grabow
for the Mets final runs.
On the injury front, Mets reliever Igarashi awkwardly fielded a bunt in the top of the 8th and shortly afterward left the game with a strained left hamstring. He will have an MRI tomorrow. Also reports are that Carlos Beltran's
routine consultation with his Colorado doctor indicate that he is not ready to resume baseball activities.Box score