Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker
(6-7) took the mound for the visitors in the rubber match against the New York Mets today and went only 4 1/3 innings, surrendering 6 runs on 11 hits, 6 of the extra-base variety, as the Mets won the game 6-0 and the series 2 games to 1. The Mets are now finished with inter-league play having gone 13-5.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 4th. Ike Davis
singled to center leading off and 2 outs later Jeff Francoeur
homered to deep left making it 2-0 Mets.
In the bottom of the 5th the Mets broke it open. With 1 out Jesus Feliciano
, who had 3 hits on the day, hit a pitch down the left field line that bounced into the stands for a ground rule double. David Wright
homered to deep left and it was 4-0 Mets. Davis batted next and also homered to very deep right near the iconic Shea Bridge. It was the 2nd instance of back-to-back homers in 2010 for the Mets and both times Davis has been involved. The prior time Rod Barajas
joined Davis in going deep. Jason Bay
then tripled to the 415 foot mark in right center, the 1,000th hit of his career, knocking Baker from the game. Barajas greeted reliever Andy Burnett with an RBI single for the eventual final score of 6-0.Jon Niese
(5-2) recovered nicely from his previous rain interrupted outing by throwing 6 shutout innings for the Mets today. Elmer Dessens
, Pedro Feliciano
and Bobby Parnell
each threw a scoreless inning to finish up the shutout.
Rookie Ruben Tejada
singled in the 4th inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest for a Mets rookie since Jason Phillips
in 2003. Next the Mets head to Puerto Rico for a series against the division foe Florida Marlins.Box score