Was the Mets' series win a result of firings?

Mets batting coach Lamar Johnson is seen in Mets batting coach Lamar Johnson is seen in the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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The Mets' 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday gave them the series win and snapped a streak of four series losses. Were two straight wins over the Pirates since the Memorial Day firings of batting coach Dave Hudgens and reliever Jose Valverde a case of cause-and-effect?

"I think it's just us scoring more runs," said David Wright, who drove in two, including a solo homer. "Everybody liked Dave and Jose, but these things happen. It's the ugly business side when you don't play well and start losing games.

"I didn't expect anybody to hang their heads. You say your goodbyes, you think about it, and the next day, it's time to get back to work. Hopefully, the transition to is going to be a smooth one."

 

Running gaffes

Juan Lagares and Chris Young made baserunning errors on which they were thrown out at third base, and Daniel Murphy got away with a gaffe thanks to two Pirates errors. Murphy was safe at first on a throwing error but would have been out trying to take an extra base except a second error allowed him to reach third, and he scored the first run on Wright's single. "Sometimes, he thinks he's invisible," Wright joked about Murphy.

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Lagares, who was caught stealing third for the final out of the fifth with Wright at the plate, apologized to Wright and told him it wouldn't happen again.

 

Eager to hit the road

The Mets begin an 11-game road trip that is their longest of the season with the first of five in Philadelphia Thursday night. "If you look at our splits, we score more runs on the road and hit more line drives," Wright said. "I hope we can jump-start the offense."

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