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2011 Mets Season Tracker

SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0 Game story

SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0
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Recap: With nothing left to play for, Met fans came to Citi Field to see Jose Reyes extend his NL-leading batting average over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. After a bunt single in his first at-bat, manager Terry Collins removed Reyes from the game. The modest crowd at Citi Field booed the move on what could be Reyes' last game as a Met (he's a free agent). Reyes ends the 2011 season with a .337 average as the Mets defeated the Reds, 3-0.
Key stat: Mets starter Miguel Batista pitched a complete game shutout.
2011 record: 77-85
2010 record: 79-83

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SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0 Game story
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SEPT 28: METS 3, REDS 0
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Recap: With nothing left to play for, Met fans came to Citi Field to see Jose Reyes extend his NL-leading batting average over Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. After a bunt single in his first at-bat, manager Terry Collins removed Reyes from the game. The modest crowd at Citi Field booed the move on what could be Reyes' last game as a Met (he's a free agent). Reyes ends the 2011 season with a .337 average as the Mets defeated the Reds, 3-0.
Key stat: Mets starter Miguel Batista pitched a complete game shutout.
2011 record: 77-85
2010 record: 79-83

SEPT. 27: REDS 5, METS 4 (13) Game
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SEPT. 27: REDS 5, METS 4 (13)
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Recap: Jose Reyes went 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs as the Mets lost to the Reds, 5-4, in 13 innings. Reyes goes into the final day of the season with a one-point lead in the NL batting race. Reyes is batting .336. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who went 1-for-2 with two walks against the Pirates, is batting .335.
Key stat: If Reyes can win the batting title it would be the franchise's first.
2011 record: 76-85
2010 record: 79-82

SEPT. 26: REDS 6, METS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 26: REDS 6, METS 5
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Recap: The Mets showed some fight against the Reds, scoring three runs in the third and taking a one-run lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes, before losing, 6-5. The shortstop, who entered the game second in the NL batting race behind Ryan Braun, pulled ahead of the Brewers' leftfielder after going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, upping his average to .334.
Key stat: Reyes has 38th stolen bases on the year.
2011 record: 76-84
2010 record: 78-82

SEPT. 25: PHILLIES 9, METS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 25: PHILLIES 9, METS 4
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey was awful in his final start as the Phillies hammered him for nine hits and five runs in three innings. Hunter Pence took Pelfrey deep onto the Mets’ bullpen roof for a two-run homer in the first inning, and every one of the Phillies’ starters — including pitcher Roy Halladay — had at least one hit off him. The Phillies ended the game with 19 hits off Mets' pitching in their 9-4 victory at Citi Field.
Key stat: Pelfrey has lost his last four decisions. His last win came on Aug. 24 at Philadelphia.
2011 record: 76-83
2010 record: 77-82

SEPT. 24: METS 6, PHILLIES 3 (GAME 2)
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SEPT. 24: METS 6, PHILLIES 3 (GAME 2)
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Recap: Dillon Gee pitched the Mets to a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies. Gee went six innings allowing three runs, settling down after a rocky start. The Mets offense came alive in the third inning, down 3-0, to plate five runs and take the lead for good. Nick Evans, Josh Thole and Ruben Tejada all had RBIs in a Mets lineup that included Willie Harris hitting third.
Key stat: The Phillies used a combined 22 players in the game.
2011 record: 76-82
2010 record: 77-81

SEPT. 24: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (GAME 1)
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SEPT. 24: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (GAME 1)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey flirted with a no-hitter in the Mets' win over Philadelphia. Shane Victorino had the Phillies' first hit with one out in the seventh to break up the no-no, and Ryan Howard would eventually drive him in to take a 1-0 lead. New York would bounce back, though, led by Valentino Pascucci's first home run of the season in the seventh, and then a David Wright RBI double in the eighth. Dickey, who didn't factor in the decision, saw his ERA shrink to 3.28. Bobby Parnell got the win, improving to 4-6 on the year.
Key stat: Pascucci's last home run came in 2004 as a member of the Montreal Expos.
2011 record: 75-82
2010 record: 77-80

SEPT. 22: METS 8, CARDINALS 6 Game story
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SEPT. 22: METS 8, CARDINALS 6
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Recap: The Mets dealt St. Louis a devastating blow to their playoff hopes, rallying for six runs in the ninth for a comeback win. New York trailed 6-1 heading into the top of the eighth, and then 6-2 heading into the top of the ninth, before the Cardinals' bullpen collapsed. Justin Turner, Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and Willie Harris all drove in runs in the frame, Harris' two-run single proving to be the difference.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell picked up his first save since September 4th.
2011 record: 74-82
2010 record: 77-79

SEPT. 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 5
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Recap: For the second consecutive night, it was the Mets' bullpen that betrayed them in a loss to the Cardinals. Leading 5-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Miguel Batista, Daniel Herrera and Pedro Beato all proved to be ineffective, the latter serving up a three-run home run to David Freese. The homer scored both of Beato's inherited runners, and wound up being enough for St. Louis to hold on for the win.
Key stat: The loss was the Mets' 82nd, clinching the team's third straight losing season.
2011 record: 73-82
2010 record: 76-79

SEPT. 20: CARDINALS 11, METS 6 Game story
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SEPT. 20: CARDINALS 11, METS 6
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Recap: The Mets bullpen imploded in a loss to the NL Central contending Cardinals. Up 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Josh Stinson came in and loaded the bases. Terry Collins proceeded to pull him for Tim Byrdak, who allowed all three baserunners to score. After allowing another baserunner, he was yanked in favor of D.J. Carrasco, who let both baserunners score, in addition to one other Cardinal. In all, St. Louis scored six runs in the inning, more than enough for the win.
Key stat: Willie Harris, who has one home run on the season, batted fifth for the Mets.
2011 record: 73-81
2010 record: 75-79

SEPT. 18: METS 7, BRAVES 5 Game story
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SEPT. 18: METS 7, BRAVES 5
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Recap: Dillon Gee allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings with five walks and four strikeouts against the Braves. Those are hardly the numbers the Mets were used to in the first half of the season. Luckily for Gee the offense bailed him out. Down 5-4 in the eighth inning, the Mets tied the score on Ronny Paulino's bases-loaded walk before Ruben Tejada delivered the winning run with a bloop single to rightfield off Johnny Venters. Lucas Duda added an insurance run in the ninth with a long home run, his 10th of the season.
Key stat: Gee began this season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA through his first 13 starts, but is only 5-6 since then with a 5.68 ERA.
2011 record: 73-80
2010 record: 74-79

SEPT. 17: BRAVES 1, METS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 17: BRAVES 1, METS 0
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Recap: A night after they jumped on Atlanta starter Derek Lowe, the Mets were baffled by Tim Hudson, getting shutout for eight innings in a loss to the Braves. Hudson scattered four hits and struck out 10, improving to 15-10 on the season. R.A. Dickey nearly matched him, pitching a shutout through seven, but in the eighth, Chipper Jones hit an RBI single that scored Jason Heyward. It was the only run Dickey and the Mets wold give up, but it was enough for the win.
Key stat: Dickey has allowed 10 earned runs or less in his last 10 starts.
2011 record: 72-80
2010 record: 74-78

SEPT. 16: METS 12, BRAVES 2 Game story
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SEPT. 16: METS 12, BRAVES 2
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Recap: The Mets topsy-turvy season continued against Atlanta, as New York rebounded from a four-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals to beat up on a National League pennant contender. Derek Lowe and the Braves' bullpen was hammered to the tune of 12 runs and 20 hits, led by David Wright's two home runs. Josh Thole added three RBIs, all benefitting Chris Capuano, who went five innings to pick up his 11th win.
Key stat:The win was the Mets' 41st on the road this season, clinching a winning record away from Citi Field.
2011 record: 72-79
2010 record: 74-77

SEPT. 15: NATIONALS 10, METS 1 Game story
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SEPT. 15: NATIONALS 10, METS 1
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Recap: The Nationals turned a tight game into a blowout, scoring seven runs in the final two innings to complete a four-game sweep of the Mets. Chris Schwinden pitched well in his second start, allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings. Both Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta were ineffective, though, combining to allow eight hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Ian Desmond was the offensive star for the Nats, finishing 5-for-6.
Key stat: New York finished the series 5-for-37 with runners in scoring position, including 1-for-22 in the final two losses.
2011 record: 71-79
2010 record: 74-76

SEPT. 14: NATIONALS 2, METS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 14: NATIONALS 2, METS 0
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Recap: Shortly after the Braves officially eliminated the Mets from the playoffs, New York was embarrassed at home by the Nationals, getting held scoreless by four pitchers in a loss. The Mets managed four hits, including just one in 11 at bats with runners in scoring position. Mike Pelfrey pitched seven innings and allowed two runs -- both unearned -- but fell to 7-12 with the loss. Brad Peacock got the win in his second appearance of the season.
Key stat: Pelfrey has one win since August 1.
2011 record: 71-78
2010 record: 74-75

SEPT. 13: NATIONALS 3, METS 2 Game story
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SEPT. 13: NATIONALS 3, METS 2
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Recap: In front of people dressed as Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters -- in support of Stand Up To Cancer -- the Mets lineup was ineffective with runners on base in a loss to the Nationals. Despite pounding out 11 hits, including eight combined by Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda, New York only pushed across two runs. Dillon Gee started for the Mets but didn't figure in the decision, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Key stat: The Mets and Nationals combined to leave 19 runners on base.
2011 record: 71-77
2010 record: 74-74

SEPT. 12: NATIONALS 3, METS 2 Game story
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SEPT. 12: NATIONALS 3, METS 2
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Recap: R.A. Dickey allowed three runs in seven innings, but was the hard-luck loser as the Nationals beat the Mets, 3-2. Nationals rookie Stephen Lombardozzi singled through the left side of the infield to drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh. One of the runs Dickey gave up was unearned thanks to a David Wright error in the fifth inning. The Mets' offense was anemic only providing three hits in the loss.
Key stat: Lombardozzi's RBI single was the first hit of his major-league career.
2011 record: 71-76
2010 record: 74-73

SEPT. 11: CUBS 10, METS 6 (11) Game
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SEPT. 11: CUBS 10, METS 6 (11)
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Recap: Former Mets converged on Citi Field for an emotional 9/11 10th anniversary remembrance ceremony. John Franco threw the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza to start the evening. The action wouldn't end until much later, as the Cubs and Mets went to 11 innings. Knotted at four apiece heading into the final inning, the New York bullpen imploded, allowing six runs to Chicago, capped off by a Geovany Soto sacrifice fly.
Key stat: The Mets used nine pitchers in the game, including three in the 11th.
2011 record: 71-75
2010 record: 73-73

SEPT. 10: CUBS 5, METS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 10: CUBS 5, METS 4
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Recap: Bobby Parnell's rocky transition to closer hit another speed bump, this time a two-run Aramis Ramirez single that cost the Mets the game. Parnell entered the game in the ninth with the Mets up 4-3. After allowing the first two baserunners to get on -- one via error, one via hit -- Parnell retired the next two Cubbies. Then, Ramirez belted a single to opposite field, scoring what would wind up being the game-winning run. Offensively, Jason Bay kept up his hot hitting for the Mets, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Key stat: Kerry Wood and Parnell -- who both blew saves in the game -- have a combined 11 blown saves on the year; six for Wood, five for Parnell.
2011 record: 71-74
2010 record: 72-73

SEPT. 9: METS 5, CUBS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 9: METS 5, CUBS 4
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Recap: Justin Turner bailed out Manny Acosta with a walk-off double in the ninth to lift the Mets. Acosta blew the save in the ninth, allowing a Darwin Barney single that scored Luis Montanez, tying the game at four. Acosta would walk away with the win, improving to 3-1. Mike Pelfrey got the start for the Mets and pitched well, allowing three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.66.
Key stat: Josh Stinson, who recorded two outs without allowing a run, hasn't allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings since being called up.
2011 record: 71-73
2010 record: 71-73

SEPT. 8: BRAVES 5, METS 1 (GAME 2)
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SEPT. 8: BRAVES 5, METS 1 (GAME 2)
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Recap: Atlanta finished off the double-dip sweep, taking advantage of Mets miscues in the field and handing Dillon Gee the loss. Julio Teheren kept the Mets in check over 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run, and the Braves bullpen held New York to two hits over 3 2/3 to hold on for the win. Josh Thole was the only Met to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
Key stat: Gee is 5-6 since starting the season 7-0.
2011 record: 70-73
2010 record: 70-73

SEPT. 8: BRAVES 6, METS 5 (GAME 1)
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SEPT. 8: BRAVES 6, METS 5 (GAME 1)
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Recap: The Braves rudely welcomed rookie Chris Schwinden to the major leagues, scoring three runs off him in the first and two in the third, handing the rookie a loss in his debut. The Mets kept it close, highlighted by Jason Bay's grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. But Atlanta didn't look back after taking the lead in the third, adding an insurance run in the eighth that proved to be vital.
Key stat: Bay's homer was his third in the last six games.
2011 record: 70-72
2010 record: 70-72

SEPT. 7: METS 1, MARLINS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 7: METS 1, MARLINS 0
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Recap: Jose Reyes led off the game with a single, Lucas Duda drove him home with a one-out RBI double, and R.A. Dickey did the rest as the Mets won their final game at Sun Life Stadium in a pitcher's duel. Dickey was on his game, as the knuckleballer scattered four hits and struck out three over seven shutout innings. The win improved him to 8-11 on the season, and his ERA lowered to 3.47. Reyes finished 1-for-2, raising his NL-leading batting average to .335.
Key stat: Dickey finished with his ninth consecutive quality start.
2011 record: 70-71
2010 record: 69-72

SEPT. 6: METS 7, MARLINS 4 (12) Game
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SEPT. 6: METS 7, MARLINS 4 (12)
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Recap: Nick Evans tied a team record with three go-ahead RBIs, leading a quartet of Mets with three hits in an extra inning win over Florida. Evans drove in runs in the fifth, eighth and 12th - all that put the Mets in the lead - and finished the game 3-for-6. Jose Reyes, Justin Turner and Angel Pagan all added three hits apiece. Ryota Igarashi got the win in relief, and Josh Stinson picked up the save.
Key stat: Reyes extended his hitting streak to eight games.
2011 record: 69-71
2010 record: 69-71

SEPT. 5: MARLINS 9, METS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 5: MARLINS 9, METS 3
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Recap: Chris Capuano's inconsistency continued, as the southpaw was chased after four innings in a loss to the Marlins. Florida torched Capuano, touching him up for six runs and eight hits in four innings. On the opposing mound, Javier Vazquez dominated the Mets for his second start in a row, striking out seven and allowing one run over seven innings. Jason Bay managed a two-run home run in the ninth in the loss.
Key stat: Vazquez has allowed one run in 14 innings in his last two starts against the Mets.
2011 record: 68-71
2010 record: 68-71

SEPT. 4: METS 6, NATIONALS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 4: METS 6, NATIONALS 3
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Recap: New York made it eight out of 10, taking the three game series against Washington. Mike Pelfrey struggled, failing to get out of the fifth inning, but the Mets' bullpen was lights out, holding the Nationals scoreless over the final 4 1/3 innings. Offensively, the Mets - with a lineup that featured Joshua Satin and Mike Nickeas batting seventh and eighth, respectively - did most of their damage in a four-run sixth inning. Lucas Duda homered in the win.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell, who picked up the save, has allowed at least one baserunner in all five of his saves this season.
2011 record: 68-70
2010 record: 67-71

SEPT. 3: NATIONALS 8, METS 7 Game story
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SEPT. 3: NATIONALS 8, METS 7
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Recap: The Mets' offense bailed out Dillon Gee early, digging out of a 5-0 hole to take a 7-6 lead into the ninth inning. But Bobby Parnell, looking to lock down the save, gave up a bases-loaded broken bat single to Ryan Zimmerman that drove in two runs, giving the Nationals a walk-off victory. The blown save was Parnell's third of the season, and his record dropped to 3-5.
Key stat: Jason Bay broke a franchise-record 0-for-35 road slump with a home run.
2011 record: 67-70
2010 record: 67-70

SEPT. 2: METS 7, NATIONALS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 2: METS 7, NATIONALS 3
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Recap: David Wright's three-run bomb in the first kicked off a powerful day for the Mets' offense in an easy win over Washington. Nick Evans and Lucas Duda would also hit homers, bringing the team's total to three, easily enough offense for R.A. Dickey. Dickey, who was pitching on three days rest, registered his eighth straight quality start, and improved to 7-11 on the season.
Key stat: The win was the Mets' seventh in the team's last eight games.
2011 record: 67-69
2010 record: 66-70

SEPT. 1: METS 7, MARLINS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 1: METS 7, MARLINS 5
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Recap: Miguel Batista reached a personal milestone in his first game with the team, and the Mets capitalized on three Marlins errors to take three of four from Florida. Batista allowed two runs over six innings, earning the 100th win of his career. The Mets offense backed him by chasing opposing pitcher Clay Hensley after two innings, scoring four runs - two earned - in the third inning. D.J. Carrasco nearly blew the game, giving up three runs in the ninth, but Bobby Parnell came in to shut the door and record the save.
Key stat: The Mets are Batista's 10th different MLB team.
2011 record: 66-69
2010 record: 66-69

AUG. 31: METS 3, MARLINS 2 Game story
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AUG. 31: METS 3, MARLINS 2
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Recap: Chris Capuano bounced back from a rough first to go five effective innings, and Lucas Duda's RBI single helped cap off a three-run comeback for the Mets in a win against Florida. The Marlins scored a pair of runs on a Jose Lopez single in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. The Mets would then slowly chip away, scoring one run in both the fourth and sixth innings. Duda's single in the seventh, which drove in Jose Reyes, would give the Mets the lead, and the bullpen held on for the win.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell picked up his third save in his last four appearances.
2011 record: 65-69
2010 record: 66-68

AUG. 30: MARLINS 6, METS 0 Game story
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AUG. 30: MARLINS 6, METS 0
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Recap: Javier Vazquez was on his game, and the Mets pitching staff couldn't silence the Marlins' bats in a shutout loss at Citi Field. Vazquez, who has been streaky in 2011, was hot, going seven shutout innings against the Mets lineup. The former Yankee struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits. Mike Pelfrey started for New York, and got the loss, giving up four runs over six innings. Pelfrey fell to 7-11 with the loss.
Key stat: The Mets' four-through-seven batters combined to go 0-for-16.
2011 record: 64-69
2010 record: 65-68

AUG. 29: METS 5, MARLINS 1 (GAME 2)
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AUG. 29: METS 5, MARLINS 1 (GAME 2)
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Recap: The fans welcomed back Jose Reyes during game two of the doubleheader with "Jo-se, Jo-se, Jo-se" chants. Ignited by the fans, Reyes was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Mets swept the doubleheader from the Marlins. Dillon Gee gave up six hits and one run in six innings of work before the bullpen only allowed one hit over the next three innings. With the win, Gee became the first Mets rookie to win 12 games since Ron Darling in 1984. David Wright was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Key stat: Mets starters had tossed 25 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs in the sixth inning.
2011 record: 64-68
2010 record: 65-67

AUG. 29: METS 2, MARLINS 1 (GAME 1)
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AUG. 29: METS 2, MARLINS 1 (GAME 1)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey earned his first win since July 25 in the first game of the Mets' doubleheader against the Marlins. The Mets took an early lead off Justin Turner's RBI single in the second and Josh Thole's RBI groundout in the third. Dickey would take care of the rest allowing seven hits in seven innings. Jason Isringhausen struck out the side in the eighth and Bobby Parnell got the save despite allowing Gaby Sanchez's homer.
Key stat: During Dickey's five-start winless streak (July 30-Aug. 21), he had a 2.93 ERA. The Mets had averaged 2.6 runs in those five games.
2011 record: 63-68
2010 record: 65-66

AUG. 26: METS 6, PHILLIES 0 Game story
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AUG. 26: METS 6, PHILLIES 0
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Recap: Chris Capuano pitched one of the best games in the MLB this season, leading the Mets to their second straight win over a division rival. Capuano pitched a complete game two hitter, walking none and striking out 13, cruising to his 10th win of the season. Offensively, the Mets got contributions from throughout the lineup, with four players finishing with multi-hit games and four players finishing with RBIs.
Key stat:Capuano hadn't pitched into the ninth inning coming into the start. His previous long outing was 7 2/3 innings against the Marlins on July 18.
2011 record: 62-68
2010 record: 65-65

AUG. 24: METS 7, PHILLIES 4 Game story
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AUG. 24: METS 7, PHILLIES 4
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Recap: Nick Evans stayed red hot at the plate as the Mets avoided a sweep by taking the final game of a three-game set against Philadelphia. Evans, 5-for-6 with a home run, triple, two doubles and a single in his last six at bats overall, had a three-run homer in the first and then an RBI double in the fifth for the Mets. David Wright also homered, his 11th of the season. Mike Pelfrey picked up the win for New York, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings to improve to 7-10. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save.
Key stat: Citizens Bank Park had given Pelfrey the most trouble of any stadium of the league; entering the game, he had a 9.38 ERA at the park.
2011 record: 61-68
2010 record: 64-65

AUG. 23: PHILLIES 9, METS 4 Game story
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AUG. 23: PHILLIES 9, METS 4
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Recap: Jonathon Niese was bumped just four innings into his start, Vance Worley stayed hot for the Phillies, and the Mets' reeling continued. Niese surrendered eight runs in his four innings, raising his ERA to 4.40. He also strained his rib cage in the outing, and is likely headed for a stint on the disabled list. The Mets couldn't figure out Worley, who improved to 9-1 with seven innings of one-run ball. Lucas Duda did manage to go deep, his seventh homer of the year, but it was too little too late.
Key stat: Niese gave up 10 hits for the third time in his last four outings.
2011 record: 60-68
2010 record: 64-64

AUG. 22: PHILLIES 10, METS 0 Game story
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AUG. 22: PHILLIES 10, METS 0
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Recap: If things weren't bad enough for the Mets, losers of three straight, they had to face their NL East rivals. The matchup of Dillon Gee and Cliff Lee had the potential to be a pitchers duel. The Phillies abused Gee, who allowed seven hits and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings as his ERA jumped from 3.92 to 4.37. He also allowed six walks and served up home runs to John Mayberry Jr. and Hunter Pence. Lee was brilliant in seven innings of working allowing three hits and striking out seven.
Key stat: It was the Mets 16th loss in their last 21 games.
2011 record: 60-67
2010 record: 63-64

AUG. 21: BREWERS 6, METS 2 Game story
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AUG. 21: BREWERS 6, METS 2
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Recap: It was the same old story for the Mets' bullpen: the Brewers scored four runs in the final two innings off a quartet of Mets relievers to take a 6-2 victory. Manny Acosta started the eighth inning by walking Nyjer Morgan and allowing a single to Ryan Braun. Lefthander Tim Byrdak then got Prince Fielder to ground a potential double-play ball to second baseman Justin Turner, but Ruben Tejada dropped the ball. Milwaukee extended its lead to 4-2 on Jerry Hairston Jr.'s two-out RBI single off Jason Isringhausen and scored two more runs in the ninth inning against Isringhausen and Pedro Beato.
Key stat: The Mets have lost nine of their last 11.
2011 record: 60-66
2010 record: 63-63

AUG. 20: BREWERS 11, METS 9 Game story
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AUG. 20: BREWERS 11, METS 9
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Recap: Angel Pagan's home run had finally injected some excitement into the slumping Mets, giving New York the lead in the eighth inning against former closer Francisco Rodriguez. A half inning later, though, that momentum was gone, as Jason Isringhausen failed to record an out, and Manny Acosta blew the save in another New York loss. Pagan's home run had given the Mets a 9-7 lead after trailing 7-1 earlier, but the Brewers came back to score four in the final frame to finish off the win.
Key stat: Isringhausen started off each of the four batters he faced with a ball.
2011 record: 60-65
2010 record: 63-62

AUG. 19: BREWERS 6, METS 1 Game story
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AUG. 19: BREWERS 6, METS 1
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Recap: The Brewers bats came out hot after a nearly three hour rain delay at Citi Field, chasing Mike Pelfrey after five innings in a win over New York. Francisco Rodriguez didn't get a chance to make an appearance in his first trip back to Queens since being traded to Milwaukee, with the game well in hand by the ninth inning. Shaun Marcum picked up the win, allowing one run over seven innings for the Brewers.
Key stat: The Mets two-through-five hitters combined to go 0-for-14.
2011 record: 60-64
2010 record: 62-62

AUG. 17: METS 7, PADRES 3 Game story
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AUG. 17: METS 7, PADRES 3
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Recap: After a bumpy first inning, Dillon Gee settled down and allowed five hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings. David Wright smacked a three-run homer in the third inning and then flashed some defense with a diving stop in the fourth inning with a runner on second and two outs. Ryota Igarashi gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but eventually stopped the bleeding and secured the win for the Mets.
Key stat: Gee is the first Mets starter since Mike Pelfrey on July 5 to allow fewer than two runs in a game.
2011 record: 60-63
2010 record: 62-61

AUG. 16: PADRES 6, METS 1 Game story
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AUG. 16: PADRES 6, METS 1
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Recap: Jonathon Niese pitched six innings, but allowed a season-high 10 hits for the second time in three starts. The Padres scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Hudson and Hundley, who also tripled and scored in the fourth. Mike Pelfrey made a relief appearance eighth inning and allowed a leadoff triple to Nick Hundley and RBI single by Alberto Gonzalez. More importantly, his elbow felt good after he was hit with a line drive a few days earlier. The Mets had four total hits in the loss.
Key stat: Ruben Tejada’s RBI double in the fourth extended the Mets’ streak to 14 consecutive games with at least one double.
2011 record: 59-63
2010 record: 61-61

AUG. 15: METS 5, PADRES 4 (10) Game
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AUG. 15: METS 5, PADRES 4 (10)
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Recap: Jason Isringhausen joined John Franco and Billy Wagner as the third closer to reach No. 300 in a Mets uniform, but he had to wait until the 10th inning to make history. The save came after Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice in the top of the inning.The Mets' offense pounded out 12 hits, including solo homers by Lucas Duda and Josh Thole. It's Duda's second homer in as many days.
Key stat: It was the Mets third win at Petco Park in 13 games.
2011 record: 59-62
2010 record: 60-61

AUG. 14: DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3 Game story
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AUG. 14: DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3
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Recap: A lack of timely hitting, combined with Chris Capuano's usual middle-inning troubles, sent the Mets spiraling to their fifth straight loss and 11th in 14 games. the Mets finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The one bright spot for the Mets was the 2-for-3 day Lucas Duda had, who gave the Mets the lead twice.
Key stat: The Mets are four games under .500 (58-62) for the first time since June 4, when they were 27-31.
2011 record: 58-62
2010 record: 60-60

AUG. 13: DIAMONDBACKS 6, METS 4 Game story
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AUG. 13: DIAMONDBACKS 6, METS 4
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey drew some unwanted attention before his start by reportedly saying it was "unrealistic" to think the Mets had a chance to contend. Pelfrey was on the verge of erasing some of that negativity with a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning before a line drive hit his elbow. The Mets' bullpen blew the lead when D.J. Carrasco gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Roberts.
Key stat: Mike Baxter was 2-for-4 with an RBI and raised his season average to .364..
2011 record: 58-61
2010 record: 59-60

AUG. 12: DIAMONDBACKS 4, METS 3 Game story
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AUG. 12: DIAMONDBACKS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Arizona jumped out to a quick lead against Dillon Gee, and a late Mets comeback fell short in New York's third straight loss. Justin Upton went deep in the first, and the D-Backs added three more runs on a pair of doubles in the second to take an early 4-0 lead. The Mets scored a run apiece in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough in the loss. Former Yankee Ian Kennedy picked up the win, improving to 15-3 on the year.
Key stat: Gee has allowed three or more runs in eight of his last nine starts.
2011 record: 58-60
2010 record: 59-59

AUG. 11: PADRES 3, METS 2 Game story
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AUG. 11: PADRES 3, METS 2
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Recap: Cameron Maybin took it upon himself to lift the Padres past the Mets, hitting a home run and stealing two bases to pace San Diego's second consecutive road win against New York. Maybin's home run and both of his steals came with Jonathon Niese on the mound; Niese held much of the rest of San Diego in check, though, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs. The Mets managed just three hits against five Padres pitchers.
Key stat: The loss was the Mets' 32nd at Citi Field last year. They lost 34 home games all of 2010.
2011 record: 58-59
2010 record: 58-59

AUG. 10: PADRES 9, METS 5 Game story
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AUG. 10: PADRES 9, METS 5
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Recap: R.A. Dickey struggled out of the gate, and the bullpen didn't fare much better in a loss to San Diego. The Padres plated five runs in the first three innings of the game, and then touched up Mets relievers for four runs in the final three innings in the easy win. The two teams combined for 27 hits in the game, and had 33 at bats with runners in scoring position. Josh Thole had four hits for the Mets, and Ruben Tejada added a pair of doubles and a base hit.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell, who gave up three runs in one inning, has surrendered runs in eight of his last 14 appearances.
2011 record: 58-58
2010 record: 58-58

AUG. 9: METS 5, PADRES 4 Game story
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AUG. 9: METS 5, PADRES 4
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Recap: An eighth-inning comeback lifted the Mets to their second straight win over the Padres. Trailing 4-2, Angel Pagan led off the inning with a solo home run. Five of the next seven Mets proceeded to reach base, pushing across an additional two runs off San Diego relievers Chad Qualls and Josh Spence. Chris Capuano got the start, but was chased in the seventh, having given up four runs. Manny Acosta, D.J. Carrasco (who picked up the win) and Jason Isringhausen then shut down San Diego for three innings.
Key stat: Isringhausen picked up the save. It was the 299th of his career.
2011 record: 58-57
2010 record: 58-57

AUG. 8: METS 9, PADRES 8 Game story
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AUG. 8: METS 9, PADRES 8
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Recap: On the day the Mets lost their two most consistent hitters, Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy, the offense came out swinging against the Padres. The Mets jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings on solo homers by Angel Pagan, Jason Bay and David Wright. The Mets bullpen gave it all back surrendering three runs in the sixth and four runs in the eighth inning. Trailing by two runs, Lucas Duda capped off the three-run ninth with a two-run single to centerfield for the walk-off win.
Key stat: Bay's homer was the 200th of his career. He is one of three Canadians, along with Matt Stairs (265) and Larry Walker (383), to reach the plateau.
2011 record: 57-57
2010 record: 57-57

AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7 Game story
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AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7
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Recap: The Mets wrapped up a key three-game series with a bizarre loss, dropping them back below .500. Jose Reyes was pulled from the game with hamstring stiffness, and Daniel Murphy was injured on a played at second base, forcing David Wright to move over to shortstop. In fact, at the end of the game, the Mets' infield defense consisted of Lucas Duda at first, Justin Turner at second, Wright at shortstop and Nick Evans at third. Chipper Jones drove in the game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth inning off Bobby Parnell, who took the loss and dropped to 3-4 on the year.
Key stat: While Wright played shortstop in high school, he had never played the position before in the majors.
2011 record: 56-57
2010 record: 56-57

AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7 Game story
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AUG. 6: METS 11, BRAVES 7
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Recap: The Mets' offense made one of the major's best pitchers look pedestrian, touching up Tommy Hanson for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in a rain-soaked win against Atlanta. Five Mets had multi-hit games - including Angel Pagan and Josh Thole, who had three hits apiece - and the team combined for four homers in the victory. Jonathon Niese registered the win for New York, despite allowing 10 hits and five runs over five innings. The win improved his record to 11-8.
Key stat: The Mets hit four home runs in a game for the first time since June 13, 2010 in Camden Yards.
2011 record: 56-56
2010 record: 56-56

AUG. 5: BRAVES 4, METS 1 Game story
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AUG. 5: BRAVES 4, METS 1
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Recap: The Mets dropped their fifth straight game as they were held to just four hits. David Wright drove in their only run with an RBI-double in the first inning. Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings and Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a two-run single in the eighth inning.
Key stat: The Mets are now nine games behind the Braves in the wild-card race.
2011 record: 55-56
2010 record: 55-56

AUG. 2: MARLINS 4, METS 3 Game story
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AUG. 2: MARLINS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Justin Turner and Jason Isringhausen's rough ninth inning cost the Mets a crucial game against the Marlins, and dropped them into a tie with Florida for third in the NL East. Isringhausen struggled in the ninth, allowing two runs; one unearned, coming off a throwing error by Turner. Entering the inning, the Mets owned the lead, thanks to six solid innings from Chris Capuano, a home run by Jose Reyes and a pair of productive outs by David Wright and Lucas Duda.
Key stat: The Mets' 22 home wins is tied for second-worst in the National League.
2011 record: 55-55
2010 record: 55-55

AUG. 1: MARLINS 7, METS 3 (10) Game
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AUG. 1: MARLINS 7, METS 3 (10)
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Recap: The game started with lightning and thunder and, but thankfully it never rained. That turned out to be the best part of the show until the ninth inning. With the Mets trailing 3-1, Lucas Duda stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a tying two-run home run off Marlins closer Leo Nuñez. In the top of the 10th inning, the Marlins loaded the bases against Jason Isringhausen with three straight singles before Mike Staton hit a grand slam for the win.
Key stat: It was the second time in two games the Mets hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, a franchise first.
2011 record: 55-54
2010 record: 54-55

JULY 31: NATIONALS 3, METS 2 Game story
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JULY 31: NATIONALS 3, METS 2
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Recap: As the trade deadline passed, the Mets' roster stood intact as they lost their second straight to the lowly Nationals. Scott Hairston homered twice in the final three innings for the Mets, including a tying shot with two outs in the ninth. But Ian Desmond's infield single, which took a freakishly high bounce over Bobby Parnell's head, allowed Rick Ankiel to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Jonathon Niese allowed his only two runs on three straight doubles in the sixth inning.
Key stat: The Mets went 3-2 in their five games without Beltran and finished a tumultuous three-city trip at 6-4.
2011 record: 55-53
2010 record: 54-54

JULY 30: NATIONALS 3, METS 0 Game story
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JULY 30: NATIONALS 3, METS 0
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Recap: After scoring at least eight runs in each of the last four games, you could say the Mets were do for a dud. That's exactly what R.A. Dickey got in terms of run support, winding up on the losing end despite six effective innings in a three-run loss to the Nationals. Four Washington pitchers, including last-second emergency starter Yunesky Maya, combined on the shutout. Jayson Werth was the offensive star, driving in all three of the game's runs on a home run in the first.
Key stat: David Wright continued hit hot hitting for the Mets, going 2-for-3 in the loss. Since coming off the disabled list on July 22, Wright is 19-for-40.
2011 record: 55-52
2010 record: 54-53

JULY 29: METS 8, NATIONALS 5 Game story
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JULY 29: METS 8, NATIONALS 5
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Recap: Chien-Ming Wang's first start since 2009 was met with a bang, as the Mets jumped on top early and never looked back for their fifth straight win. New York plated four runs in the first inning against the former Yankee, and added two more in the fourth to chase Wang after just four innings. Dillon Gee picked up the win for New York, his 10th of the year, allowing two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Offensively, the Mets had contributors from top to bottom, with seven different players driving in runs and seven different players scoring.
Key stat: The win was the Mets' 33rd on the road this season. They won 32 road games in all of 2010.
2011 record: 55-51
2010 record: 53-53

JULY 28: METS 10, REDS 9 Game story
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JULY 28: METS 10, REDS 9
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Recap: David Wright, Angel Pagan, Jason Bay and Lucas Duda showed their potential to be a lethal middle of the order, leading New York to a win in an offensive showdown against the Reds. The Mets' four-through-seven hitters combined for 11 hits and eight RBIs, pacing the team's fourth win in four games against Cincinnati. Chris Capuano was the benefactor of the run support, allowing six runs over 5 1/3 innings, but still picking up his ninth win of the season. Jason Isringhausen gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for his fourth save of the year.
Key stat: Cincinnati finished with 10 extra-base hits off Mets pitching; eight doubles and two home runs.
2011 record: 54-51
2010 record: 53-52

JULY 27: METS 8, REDS 2 Game story
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JULY 27: METS 8, REDS 2
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Recap: The post-Carlos Beltran adjustment period began for the Mets. And it began with a bang. Just hours after the Mets agreed on a trade to send Beltran to the Giants, New York won its third straight game against the Reds, keyed by contributions from Lucas Duda, David Wright and Mike Pelfrey. Duda continued to break out of his power outage, blasting his second home run of the season, Wright added his eighth homer of the year, and Pelfrey pitched a complete game in the Mets win. Jose Reyes (two hits), Wright (two hits) and Daniel Murphy (four hits) all finished with multi-hit games for the new Mets lineup.
Key stat: It was Pelfrey's second complete game of the season, the first occurring on June 18 in a win against the Angels.
2011 record: 53-51
2010 record: 53-51

JULY 26: METS 8, REDS 6 Game story
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JULY 26: METS 8, REDS 6
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Recap: The Mets inched back above .500 thanks to Reds errors and timely hitting. Cincinnati booted three balls, and the Mets responded by scoring six unearned runs in the road win. Justin Turner, David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Jason Pridie all had two or more hits for New York, and Jonathon Niese pitched well enough to pick up his 10th win of the season. With Jason Isringhausen having picked up the save the previous night, Tim Byrdak came on for a one-out save, his first of the season.
Key stat: None of the Mets six runs off Johnny Cueto were earned. Cueto's ERA was lowered to 1.88 in the start.
2011 record: 52-51
2010 record: 52-51

JULY 25: METS 4, REDS 2 Game story
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JULY 25: METS 4, REDS 2
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Recap: It took the Mets six innings to figure out Cincinnati Reds starter Mike Leake. Fortunately, R.A. Dickey was also in control, and by the time New York's bats woke up, the game was still there for the taking. Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles, highlighting a four-run sixth inning as the Mets took the series opener against Cincy. Dickey picked up the win for the Mets, his fifth of the year, surrendering two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Key stat: Bobby Parnell bounced back from his Sunday implosion to pitch a shutout inning.
2011 record: 51-51
2010 record: 52-50

JULY 24: MARLINS 5, METS 4 Game story
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JULY 24: MARLINS 5, METS 4
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Recap: David Wright wrapped up his comeback weekend at Sun Life Stadium with a two-run homer that briefly gave the Mets a one-run lead in the seventh inning against the Marlins. Wright finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dillon Gee gave the Mets five innings before turning it over to the bullpen. The closer of the future, Bobby Parnell, served up the game-tying home run to Logan Morrison leading off the eighth, and two outs later, he surrendered an RBI double to John Buck to give the Marlins the win.
Key stat: The Mets were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
2011 record: 50-51
2010 record: 51-50

JULY 23: MARLINS 8, METS 5 Game story
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JULY 23: MARLINS 8, METS 5
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Recap: The Mets dropped back to .500, beaten by the 1-2-3 hitters in Florida's lineup. Emilio Bonifacio, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez combined to go 7-for-12 with six runs and five RBIs, dominating New York pitching throughout the night. Sanchez headlined the show belting a pair of home runs, one off Chris Capuano and a second off D.J. Carrasco. Capuano lasted six innings, surrendering four runs, while Carrasco allowed three runs in his one inning of work. Jose Reyes and Justin Turner had three hits apiece for the Mets.
Key stat: Lucas Duda and Reyes hit back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches in the ninth inning off Leo Nunez. It was Duda's first homer of the season.
2011 record: 50-50
2010 record: 51-49

JULY 22: METS 7, MARLINS 6 Game story
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JULY 22: METS 7, MARLINS 6
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Recap: It didn't take long for David Wright to remind Mets fans what they were missing. In his first game back from the disabled list, Wright hit two RBI doubles - one to give the team the lead in the first, and one that gave the Mets a valuable insurance run in the eighth - to lead New York to a series-opening win in Florida. Mike Pelfrey again struggled for the Mets, allowing four runs over six innings. Jason Isringhausen picked up his second save of the year in relief.
Key stat: In his 14 games before going on the disabled list, Wright had a total of two RBIs.
2011 record: 50-49
2010 record: 50-49

JULY 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 2 Game story
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JULY 21: CARDINALS 6, METS 2
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Recap: The Cardinals avoided a sweep at Citi Field by getting off to a quick start. Albert Pujols crushed his 21st home run of the season, a two-run shot, off the second deck facing in left field. The Mets pushed a run across in fourth inning on a Justin Turner RBI groundout to make it 2-1. Jonathan Niese couldn't hold the Cards there and surrendered three runs in fifth for his eighth loss of the year. Carlos Beltran was 0-for-3 in what many fans believe was his final home game in Queens. He received a standing ovation in the ninth inning.
Key stat: With the game-time temperatures over 90 degrees, both teams worked quick finishing the game in two hours and seven minutes.
2011 record: 49-49
2010 record: 50-48

JULY 20: METS 6, CARDINALS 5 (10) Game
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JULY 20: METS 6, CARDINALS 5 (10)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey struggled out of the gate for the Mets, giving up four runs in the first three innings to put the team in a hole. New York fought back though, first tying the game at four apiece in the fifth, then again knotting the game at five in the eighth after the Cardinals had managed to take the lead. Then, in the 10th, the struggling Angel Pagan went yard, his first career walk-off home run, to give the Mets the win in dramatic fashion. The victory lifted the Mets back above .500 on the season.
Key stat: Jason Isringhausen pitched two shutout innings for the win. It was the first time he went longer than one inning this season.
2011 record: 49-48
2010 record: 50-47

JULY 19: METS 4, CARDINALS 2 Game story
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JULY 19: METS 4, CARDINALS 2
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Recap: Mets spark plugs Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran each returned to the lineup, and each played key roles in helping the Mets move back to .500. Reyes had a pair of hits, and Beltran went 3-for-3, leading New York to a win over the Cardinals. Dillon Gee picked up the win for the Mets, his first in nearly a month, allowing two runs over seven innings. Jason Isringhausen registered his first save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth against his former club.
Key stat: Gee allowed fewer than three runs in a start for the first time since June 15.
2011 record: 48-48
2010 record: 49-47

JULY 18: MARLINS 4, METS 1 Game story
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JULY 18: MARLINS 4, METS 1
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Recap: The Mets were three-hit by fill-in Marlins starter Clay Hensley and four relievers, dropping a 4-1 makeup game. The only bright spot for the Met offense was a two-hit game by Willie Harris. Jason Bay did make a dangerous, sliding catch in the third to rob former Met Mike Cameron of an extra base hit. Mets' starter Chris Capuano gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. He has not won a game since July 4.
Key stat: The Mets dropped under .500 for the first time since July 2 and half a game out of the NL East cellar.
2011 record: 47-48
2010 record: 49-46

JULY 17: PHILLIES 8, METS 5 Game story
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JULY 17: PHILLIES 8, METS 5
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Recap: Ever since Mike Pelfrey accepted the honor of being named the club's Opening Day starter, he has underachieved mightily. Pelfrey coughed up four runs in five innings to the Phillies including a three-run homer to Michael Martinez. Trailing 8-1 in the eighth inning, the Mets showed their resiliency scoring three runs on RBI singles by Angel Pagan and Ronny Paulino. The Mets scored another run in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to three runs, but this one falls under the "little too late" category.
Key stat: Pelfrey's record falls to 5-9 on the season with a 4.67 ERA.
2011 record: 47-47
2010 record: 49-45

JULY 16: METS 11, PHILLIES 2 Game story
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JULY 16: METS 11, PHILLIES 2
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Recap: It was the Scott Hairston show at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon as he got the start because he had a .353 career batting average and three home runs against Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Hairston was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored to back the Mets 15-hit attack. Hairston capped off his explosive day with a three-run homer in the seventh. Hamels exited the game with one out in the fifth and was charged with seven runs. Jonathan Niese pitched seven innings giving up six hits and one earned run for his ninth win of the year.
Key stat: Daniel Murphy had three hits to raise his batting average to .312.
2011 record: 47-46
2010 record: 49-44

JULY 15: PHILLIES 7, METS 2 Game story
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JULY 15: PHILLIES 7, METS 2
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Recap: R.A. Dickey bounced back from a rough start to pitch effectively, but the Mets' bats were held in check by Vance Worley in a home loss to the Phils. Worley allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Carlos Beltran played well in the loss, hitting a deep home run to centerfield and scoring a pair of runs. The loss dropped New York back to .500, including 19-23 at Citi Field.
Key stat: Of Tim Byrdak's 16 pitches in relief, seven were strikes. He surrendered three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
2011 record: 46-46
2010 record: 49-43

JULY 10: GIANTS 4, METS 2 Game story
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JULY 10: GIANTS 4, METS 2
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Recap: The Mets were guaranteed to end the first-half at least one game above .500 entering the final game before the All-Star break. Unfortunately, that's the where the Mets would remain heading into the break. The Giants took the lead in the third when Pablo Sandoval drilled a double high off the leftfield wall. Nate Schierholtz would add an RBI single to make it 2-0. Schierholtz finished the night 4-for-4. The Giants would add two more runs in the seventh before the Mets tried to mount a comeback with single runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Mike Pelfrey took the loss despite pitching six innings and only giving up two runs.
Key stat: Justin Turner was 4-for-5 with one RBI for the Mets.
2011 record: 46-45
2010 record: 48-43

JULY 9: GIANTS 3, METS 1 Game story
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JULY 9: GIANTS 3, METS 1
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Recap: Facing Tim Lincecum, the Mets knew they had to play mistake-free baseball. Daniel Murphy gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double. San Francisco scored all three of its runs on grounders that the Mets had an opportunity to turn a double-play but for one reason or another couldn't. That's all Lincecum would need as he gave up four hits and one run in six innings of work while striking out six. Chris Capuano was solid in six innings only surrendering four hits and two runs, but was betrayed by his defense.
Key stat: Murphy's RBI double upped the Mets' total of two-out runs this season to 169, which moved them past the Phillies for tops in the National League.
2011 record: 46-44
2010 record: 48-42

JULY 8: METS 5, GIANTS 2 Game story
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JULY 8: METS 5, GIANTS 2
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Recap: A pair of scoring spurts were more than enough to carry the Mets to another West Coast win. Ryan Vogelsong managed to shut down the Mets for six of his seven innings, but Angel Pagan touched up the starter with a two-run homer in the fifth inning to get the Mets on the board. Then, Scott Hairston blasted off against Brian Wilson and his beard in the ninth, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead, and Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans added insurance RBIs to secure the victory.
Key stat: After entertaining the idea of waiving his no trade clause for a contender, Beltran proceeded to go 3-for-5. The Giants have been reported as one of the teams interested in trading for Beltran.
2011 record: 46-43
2010 record: 48-41

JULY 7: DODGERS 6, METS 0 Game story
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JULY 7: DODGERS 6, METS 0
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Recap: Dillon Gee's storybook season took another step backwards as the Mets failed to complete the four-game road sweep of the Dodgers. Gee lost for the third time in four starts, dropping his record to 8-3 after a 7-0 start to the season. The Mets offense didn't make life easy for Gee, either, getting shutout for the first time since early May. Clayton Kershaw was the Dodgers starter keeping the New York bats in check; the southpaw scattered five hits and stuck out nine over eight innings.
Key stat: Ronny Paulino was one of three Mets to commit an error. The part time Mets catcher has five errors on the season.
2011 record: 45-43
2010 record: 48-40

JULY 6: METS 5, DODGERS 3 Game story
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JULY 6: METS 5, DODGERS 3
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Recap: Just when the Dodgers thought they were out of trouble, the Mets would strike. Led by four 2-out RBIs -- two by Ruben Tejada and one each by Lucas Duda and Justin Turner -- the Mets reached their high-water mark of the season, improving to three games above .500 with a win over Los Angeles. Carlos Beltran led the way offensively for the Mets, hitting a pair of doubles and scoring two runs. Jonathon Niese was the winner, going seven innings to improve to 8-7. Francisco Rodriguez picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.
Key stat: The Mets have hit nine doubles in the first three games of the series.
2011 record: 45-42
2010 record: 47-40

JULY 5: METS 6, DODGERS 0 Game story
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JULY 5: METS 6, DODGERS 0
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Recap: The Mets have won three straight without Jose Reyes thanks to a red-hot Jason Bay. Bay crushed two home runs and finished with four RBIs as the Mets moved two games over .500 for the third time this season. Carlos Beltran also went deep and his two-run shot off Ted Lilly with two outs in the fifth inning broke a scoreless tie. Mike Pelfrey pitched six shutout innings surrendering five hits to pick up his fifth win of the season.
Key stat: It was the 16th multi-homer game of Bay's career and first since June 28, 2010.
2011 record: 44-42
2010 record: 47-39

JULY 4: METS 5, DODGERS 2 Game story
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JULY 4: METS 5, DODGERS 2
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Recap: Much like the Yankees, the Mets showed they could win without their All-Star shortstop. With Jose Reyes resting, Angel Pagan batted leadoff and smacked a pair of doubles with two runs scored and an RBI. Chris Capuano pushed his record to 8-7 with the win pitching six innings and allowing just two runs while striking out five.
Key stat: Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 21st save of 2011.
2011 record: 43-42
2010 record: 47-38

JULY 3: METS 3, YANKEES 2 (10 innings)
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JULY 3: METS 3, YANKEES 2 (10 innings)
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Recap: The finale of the 2011 Subway Series began an hour and a half later for a storm that never came. Thankfully for the Mets, the game was was played. The Yankees were poised for a sweep of the weekend series when Jason Bay drew a two-out walk on a 3-and-2 pitch from Mariano Rivera in the ninth. That set the scene for Ronny Paulino, who singled to tie the game and give Rivera a blown save. In the 10th inning, it was once again Bay, who drive in the winning run with a single off Hector Noesi for the win.
Key stat: The Mets finished 9-9 in interleague play in 2011.
2011 record: 42-42
2010 record: 47-37

JULY 2: YANKEES 5, METS 2 Game story
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JULY 2: YANKEES 5, METS 2
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Recap: The Mets and Yankees matched zeros until the sixth inning when Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer to give the Yanks a lead. The Yankees would score three more runs to give Bartolo Colon a lead that the Yankees would not relinquish. The loss was an afterthought for the Mets after Jose Reyes left the game with a hamstring injury.
Key stat: The Yankees clinched the season series for the seventh time in 15 seasons of Subway Series play.
2011 record: 41-42
2010 record: 46-37

JULY 1: YANKEES 5, METS 1 Game story
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JULY 1: YANKEES 5, METS 1
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Recap: Before Yankees' starter Ivan Nova even threw a pitch the Yankees scored three runs in the first inning off Jonathan Niese. Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano each had RBI doubles and that's all Nova would need. Nova had to work out of many jams as the Mets couldn't get the big hit off of him in the first five innings. The Yankee bullpen would pitch the next four innings allowing three hits and no runs.
Key stat: The Mets were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Nova.
2011 record: 41-41
2010 record: 46-36

JUNE 30: TIGERS 5, METS 2 Game story
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JUNE 30: TIGERS 5, METS 2
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Recap: As David Lennon put it, "The Mets’ giddy joy ride through the American League ended" when they ran into Justin Verlander. Daniel Murphy's second-inning homer off the Tigers ace gave the Mets a 1-0 lead, but Detroit scored the next five runs off a shaky Mike Pelfrey (4 2/3 innings, eight hits, five walks)
Key stat: The five walks allowed were a career-high for Pelfrey.
2011 record: 41-40
2010 record: 45-36

JUNE 29: METS 16, TIGERS 9 Game story
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JUNE 29: METS 16, TIGERS 9
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Recap: All of the sudden, the Mets have the most lethal offense in baseball. New York churned out a season-high 16 runs on a season-best 20 hits to cruise to a second straight win over the Tigers. Angel Pagan and David Murphy each drove in four runs, Scott Hairston added three RBIs, and three other Mets drove in a run apiece in the victory. Chris Capuano, who started for the Mets, recorded the first eight outs of the game before the Tigers' bats got rolling too, led by Miguel Cabrera's two homers. But it wasn't enough, as the Amazins improved to two games above .500.
Key stat: For the third time in four games, the Mets recorded their biggest single-game hits output of the season.
2011 record: 41-39
2010 record: 45-35

JUNE 28: METS 14, TIGERS 3 Game story
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JUNE 28: METS 14, TIGERS 3
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Recap: The Mets managed to end a pair of grand slam "droughts" against the Tigers. The first lasted nearly two years; Jason Bay's grand slam in the fourth was the team's first since Aug. 1, 2009. Carlos Beltran then made sure the next drought didn't last as long, hitting a grand slam of his own the very next inning. The offense was more than enough for R.A. Dickey, who went seven innings to pick up the win, his fourth of the year. Jose Reyes also added four hits, upping his batting average to .349.
Key stat: The Mets moved above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2.
2011 record: 40-39
2010 record: 44-35

JUNE 26: METS 8, RANGERS 5 Game story
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JUNE 26: METS 8, RANGERS 5
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Recap: The day after scoring a season-high 14 runs and matching the year's best output with 17 hits, the Mets stacked another 14 hits to take their second straight from the Rangers. Jose Reyes continued his MVP-like season with four hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Daniel Murphy provided three hits of his own in support of Dillon Gee, who earned his eighth win of the year.
Key stat: The Mets climbed back to .500 for the first time since June 15.
2011 record: 39-39
2010 record: 44-34

JUNE 25: METS 14, RANGERS 5 Game story
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JUNE 25: METS 14, RANGERS 5
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Recap: Offensively, the Mets broke out, crushing the Rangers and moving back to their ever-comfortable spot of one game below .500. The 14 runs they scored, six coming off of promising young Texas starter Alexi Ogando, were the most they've scored in a game this year. Lucas Duda (three doubles, four RBIs) and Carlos Beltran (3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs) provided much of the fireworks for New York. Jonathon Niese was the lucky benefactor of all the run support, picking up his seventh win, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Key stat: Against New York teams this year, Ogando has an 11.45 ERA in 11 innings. Against all other teams, he has a 1.95 ERA in 83 innings.
2011 record: 38-39
2010 record: 43-34

JUNE 24: RANGERS 8, METS 1 Game story
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JUNE 24: RANGERS 8, METS 1
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Recap: The ball was flying out of the park in Texas Friday night, as the Rangers touched off on the Mets for three homers in an easy win. Mike Pelfrey went six innings allowing four runs, including a two-run shot to Adrian Beltre. Then in relief, Manny Acosta was lit up, with two Rangers, Michael Young and Josh Hamilton, hitting two-run homers. Pelfrey dropped to 4-6 with the loss, and Acosta's ERA ballooned to 11.05. Jason Bay was the lone bright spot for the Mets offensively, going 3-for-4 in the cleanup spot.
Key stat: All three of Bay's hits were singles. Of his 45 hits this year, just eight have gone for extra bases.
2011 record: 37-39
2010 record: 43-33

JUNE 23: METS 4, ATHLETICS 1 Game story
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JUNE 23: METS 4, ATHLETICS 1
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Recap: Chris Capuano put it in cruise control for the Mets, pitching six shutout innings to pace the Mets against Oakland. Capuano scattered five hits and struck out seven, walking nobody. Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot, driving in two runs, and Daniel Murphy had a three-hit game in his return to the starting lineup. Francisco Rodriguez got the save for New York, pitching a scoreless ninth. It was his 20th save of the season.
Key stat: The Athletics were hitless in scoring position, going 0-for-6.
2011 record: 37-38
2010 record: 43-32

JUNE 22: METS 3, ATHLETICS 2 (13) Game
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JUNE 22: METS 3, ATHLETICS 2 (13)
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Recap: R.A. Dickey pitched masterfully for eight innings, and a Justin Turner RBI single in the eighth put the Mets up headed into the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez proceeded to falter, though, as Conor Jackson knocked in a run to send the game to extras. Each team was then kept in check until the bottom of the 13th, when the Mets loaded the bases for the second straight inning against Brad Ziegler. This time, Ziegler couldn't get out of trouble, as he hit Turner with a pitch to force in Lucas Duda, the deciding run.
Key stat: It was Rodriguez's second consecutive blown save, and the fifth time he's surrendered at least one run in his last nine appearances.
2011 record: 36-38
2010 record: 42-32

JUNE 21: ATHLETICS 7, METS 3 Game story
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JUNE 21: ATHLETICS 7, METS 3
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Recap: It was backwards day at Citi Field in the Mets' loss to the Athletics. Dillon Gee, unhittable of late, couldn't solve Oakland's offense, walking six and giving up three runs in just four innings. Jason Bay, meanwhile, also "unhittable" of late - albeit in a different way - went 3-for-3 with a home run and a triple, the lone bright spot in an otherwise ice cold Mets offense. Bay's heroics in the end weren't enough, as Gee failed in his bid to join Dwight Gooden and Pat Mahomes as the only two Mets to start a season 8-0.
Key stat: The Mets home woes continued, as the loss dropped them to 16-20 at Citi Field this season.
2011 record: 35-38
2010 record: 42-31

JUNE 19: ANGELS 7, METS 3 Game story
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JUNE 19: ANGELS 7, METS 3
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Recap: Jonathan Niese was 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous six starts but struggled with his command against the aggressive Angels. It was his shortest outing of the year, allowing four earned runs and eight hits to help sink the Mets in a 7-3 loss in the rubber game against the Angels.
Key stat: In 2003, Jose Reyes hit his first big-league homer against the Angels on Father’s Day.
2011 record: 35-37
2010 record: 41-31

JUNE 18: METS 6, ANGLES 1 Game story
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JUNE 18: METS 6, ANGLES 1
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey tossed a complete game, allowing one run and five hits while striking out five. The Mets also were aggressive on the bases, stealing four against Dan Haren, and the runner came around to score each time.
Key stat: Jose Reyes recorded his 26th steal in the fifth inning.
2011 record: 35-36
2010 record: 41-30

JUNE 17: ANGELS 4, METS 3 Game story
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JUNE 17: ANGELS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Despite his efforts, Angel Pagan couldn't carry the Mets' offense alone, as New York lost its series opener against the Angels. Pagan went 2-for-4, including 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position, driving in two runs. However, the rest of the Mets lineup couldn't come through in the clutch, going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position, stopping several rallies short. Joel Pineiro picked up the win for the Angels, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 innings. Chris Capuano was the loser after giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings.
Key stat: Former Met Hisanori Takashi recorded two outs for the Angels out of the bullpen.
2011 record: 34-36
2010 record: 40-30

JUNE 16: BRAVES 9, METS 8 (10) Game
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JUNE 16: BRAVES 9, METS 8 (10)
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Recap: Thought you'd seen it all from the Mets? Think again. D.J. Carrasco's balk in the bottom of the 10th inning with a man on third gave the Braves a walk-off win, completing a late-game comeback. The Mets had the game in hand heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, up 8-6. Francisco Rodriguez was then handed the ball to pick up the save, but he surrendered a two-run homer to pinch hitter Brooks Conrad, sending the games to extras.
Key stat: Jordan Schafer, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones - the first three batters in the Braves' starting lineup - combined to go 10-for-15 with six runs and six RBIs.
2011 record: 34-35
2010 record: 39-30

JUNE 15: METS 4, BRAVES 0 Game story
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JUNE 15: METS 4, BRAVES 0
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Recap: Mother Nature prevented Dillon Gee from matching the Mets record of eight wins to start a year. Still, he pitched at a high level again - giving up one hit and no runs over four innings - setting up the Mets to cruise to their second straight win over Atlanta. Angel Pagan's two-run homer paced New York's offense, and the Mets pen did the rest, lifting the team back to .500.
Key stat: Jason Bay had his first multi-hit game since May 29.
2011 record: 34-34
2010 record: 39-29

JUNE 14: METS 4, BRAVES 3 Game story
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JUNE 14: METS 4, BRAVES 3
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Recap: Jose Reyes rebounded from an obstruction call the previous night against the Pirates to light up Braves pitching and lead the Mets to a win. Reyes went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, upping his average to .346. Jair Jurrgens, the Braves starter, surrendered four runs in 5 1/3 innings, only the second time he's allowed three or more runs in a start this year - both occasions happening against the Mets.
Key stat: Reyes also stole a pair of bases, his 21st and 22nd of the season.
2011 record: 33-34
2010 record: 39-28

JUNE 12: METS 7, PIRATES 0 Game story
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JUNE 12: METS 7, PIRATES 0
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Recap: The Mets and Pirates played a scoreless, tight game until the seventh inning when the Mets finally put a run across. The Mets scored four more in the eighth and two more in the ninth after Scott Hairston and Jose Reyes hit back-to-back homers. Chris Capuano picked up his fifth win of the year pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out five.
Key stat: Jason Bay knocked in a run via a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. His last RBI came May 31.
2011 record: 32-33
2010 record: 37-28

JUNE 11: PIRATES 3, METS 2 Game story
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JUNE 11: PIRATES 3, METS 2
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Recap: The Mets came up just short in attaining their second three-game win streak in seven days in a quick night game in Pittsburgh. R.A. Dickey pitched well for the Mets, allowing three runs in eight innings, but New York's offense failed to produce against James McDonald. Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and Carlos Beltran all had two hits, but the team managed to bat just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The game lasted just 2:19.
Key stat:Jason Bay went 1-for-4 with a single, dropping his slugging percentage to .278.
2011 record: 31-33
2010 record: 36-28

JUNE 10: METS 8, PIRATES 1 Game story
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JUNE 10: METS 8, PIRATES 1
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Recap: The Mets stayed hot, and Dillon Gee stayed hotter in a win over the Pirates. Fresh off a series win against the Brewers, New York continued to inch closer to .500 behind 8 innings of eight-hit ball from their current staff ace. Gee struck out five and walked none, allowing just one run to improve to 7-0 on the season. An afterthought early in the year, Gee's ERA shrunk to 3.05 in the win. Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan and Josh Thole all had multiple-hit games for the Mets offensively.
Key stat: Lucas Duda drove in two runs in his first start since being called up from the minors.
2011 record: 31-32
2010 record: 35-28

JUNE 9: METS 4, BREWERS 1 Game story
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JUNE 9: METS 4, BREWERS 1
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Recap: For a night, the rest of the Mets managed to pick up Jose Reyes. The red-hot leadoff hitter went 0-for-5, but Jonathon Niese pitched a gem and the New York offense pieced together four runs for a win in the rubber match against Milwaukee. Niese went 7 2/3, striking out eight and allowing one run, before giving way to Francisco Rodriguez who recorded a four-out save. Offensively, Ruben Tejada, Jason Pridie, Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan all contributed RBIs.
Key stat: It was the fourth time this year that Rodriguez went 1 1/3 innings for a save.
2011 record: 30-32
2010 record: 34-28

JUNE 8: BREWERS 7, METS 6 Game story
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JUNE 8: BREWERS 7, METS 6
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Recap: A big rally in the eighth, capped off by a three-run homer by Ronny Paulino, had the Mets sitting pretty, up 6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Then, the bullpen took over. And as has been the case several times this season, the Mets' relievers couldn't get the job done. The Brewers knotted the game in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Ryan Braun and two-run homer by Prince Fielder, then walked off via a Nyjer Morgan double off Dale Thayer in the bottom of the ninth to get the win.
Key stat: Paulino went 4-for-4, upping his average on the season to .344.
2011 record: 29-32
2010 record: 33-28

JUNE 7: METS 2, BREWERS 1 Game story
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JUNE 7: METS 2, BREWERS 1
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Recap: After Prince Fielder's homer in the sixth, it looked unlikely that Chris Capuano was going to pick up a win in his return to Milwaukee. Fortunately for the southpaw, though, Jose Reyes stayed red hot, belting a two-run triple the following inning, and the Mets bullpen held the lead to beat the Brewers in the series opener. Reyes finished the game 2-for-5, upping his average to .339 on the season. Capuano went six, allowing six hits.
Key stat: Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez needed just 30 pitches combined for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
2011 record: 29-31
2010 record: 32-28

JUNE 5: METS 6, BRAVES 4 Game story
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JUNE 5: METS 6, BRAVES 4
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Recap: RA Dickey turned in another gem by limiting the Braves to two singles over eight innings. Manny Acosta and Francisco Rodriguez nearly combined to toss away a five-run lead in the ninth, with Rodriguez giving up a three-run homer to Diory Hernandez. A scary moment in the second inning when Beltran limped off the field after fouling a ball off his right calf. X-rays were negative and he's listed day-to-day.
Key stat: Justin Turner has 21 RBIs in 21 games.
2011 record: 28-31
2010 record: 31-28

JUNE 4: METS 5, BRAVES 0 Game story
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JUNE 4: METS 5, BRAVES 0
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Recap: Maybe this "Gee" kid is the real deal after all. Dillon stayed red hot, pitching seven shutout innings to lead the Mets to an easy victory. Gee, who scattered four hits and walked two, improved to 6-0 with the win. All of the Mets offense came in the bottom of the seventh, keyed by Jose Reyes' three-run triple. Pedro Beato and Tim Byrdak then combined for two no-hit innings to preserve the victory.
Key stat: Gee was remarkably economical with his pitch count, throwing just 85 pitches in his seven innings.
2011 record: 27-31
2010 record: 31-27

JUNE 3: BRAVES 6, METS 3 Game story
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JUNE 3: BRAVES 6, METS 3
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Recap: Another day, another collapse for the Mets. For the third time in four games, the Mets gave up a lead late, losing the series opener against the Braves. Leading 3-2 with two outs in the top of the eighth, Jose Reyes muffed a grounder that would have ended the inning. Instead, Dan Uggla scored, tying the game up. Then, in the top of the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez again struggled in a non-save situation, giving up three runs, including a homer by Eric Hinske. The Mets failed to answer back in the bottoms of bot innings.
Key stat: Jose Reyes' triple in the fourth was his ninth of the season. His career high came in 2008 when he hit 19.
2011 record: 26-31
2010 record: 30-27

JUNE 2: METS 9, PIRATES 8 Game story
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JUNE 2: METS 9, PIRATES 8
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Recap: The Pirates jumped out quick on Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. The Mets rebounded with three runs in the bottom of the third, but heading into the bottom of the sixth, they still trailed 7-3. However, the Mets then gave the Pirates a taste of their own medicine, jumping on Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm - similar to how R.A. Dickey and Chris Capuano had strong starts spoiled in the late innings the previous two games - and completed the comeback, winning 9-8.
Key stat: The comeback was the Mets' biggest since June 30, 2000. The Mets trailed the Braves 8-1 that game heading into the bottom of the 8th, and scored 10 runs to take the lead.
2011 record: 26-30
2010 record: 29-27

MAY 31: PIRATES 5, METS 1 Game story
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MAY 31: PIRATES 5, METS 1
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Recap: After rolling along for the first seven innings, R.A. Dickey simply ran out of the gas. The knuckleballer imploded in the eighth, allowing three runs to cross the plate, giving the Pirates the lead for good. The Mets bats weren't much of a help, either, as Pittsburgh starter James McDonald held them to a run and six hits over six. The Pirates bullpen closed the deal with three no-hit innings of relief.
Key stat: R.A. Dickey was the second Mets pitcher in as many days to set a career high in strikeouts. He fanned 10 Pirates in the loss. (Dillon Gee struck out eight the previous night, his career best.)
2011 record: 25-29
2010 record: 27-27

MAY 30: METS 7, PIRATES 3 Game story
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MAY 30: METS 7, PIRATES 3
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Recap: Despite the absence of Jose Reyes, who left the team after his grandmother's death in the Dominican Republic, the Mets supported a strong outing by Dillon Gee by cracking 15 hits. The biggest was Josh Thole's two-run go-ahead double in the bottom of the seventh after the Pirates had tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the inning. Three Mets had three hits: Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Angel Pagan.
Key stat: Gee set a career high with eight strikeouts.
2011 record: 25-28
2010 record: 27-26

MAY 29: METS 9, PHILLIES 5 Game story
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MAY 29: METS 9, PHILLIES 5
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Recap: Against a watered-down Phillies lineup (no Rollins, Utley or Howard), the Mets took control early by scoring four runs in both the first and second innings. Jose Reyes tripled twice and the Mets had a season-high 17 hits. Jonathon Niese allowed one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. The Mets' struggling bullpen managed to make things interesting by allowing four runs over the final two innings, but Pedro Beato struck out John Mayberry Jr. to end the game.
Key stat: The Mets set a franchise record by collecting 13 two-out hits.
2011 record: 24-28
2010 record: 26-26

MAY 28: PHILLIES 5, METS 2 Game story
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MAY 28: PHILLIES 5, METS 2
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Recap: After pitching 7 2/3 quality innings, Mike Pelfrey left the game to a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd. It was the last time the Mets would be the benefactors of any sort of applause. The bullpen imploded, continuing the struggles it has had lately, as the Phils came back from a 2-1 deficit to score four runs in the final two innings and pick up the win.
Key stat: Philadelphia scored all five of its runs with two outs.
2011 record: 23-28
2010 record: 26-25

MAY 27: PHILLIES 6, METS 4 Game story
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MAY 27: PHILLIES 6, METS 4
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Recap: The Mets and Phillies battled back and forth, with the two teams knotted up at three apiece headed into the ninth. New York turned to the recently unhittable Francisco Rodriguez to hold the Phillies scoreless. Instead, K-Rod was very hittable, allowing three Phils to cross the plate in the inning. The Mets threatened in the ninth, but Daniel Murphy grounded into a game-ending double play with runners on the corners to end it.
Key stat: Justin Turner had a four-hit game for the Mets, raising his batting average to .329 in the process.
2011 record: 23-27
2010 record: 25-25

MAY 26: CUBS 9, METS 3 Game story
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MAY 26: CUBS 9, METS 3
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Recap: Overshadowed by the potential partial sale of the team to a minority owner, the Mets lost a sloppy game in Chicago. R.A. Dickey held the Cubs scoreless, but was knocked out after just 2 2/3 innings because of an injury to his heel. The Mets bullpen then continued its struggles, allowing nine runs - four by Pedro Beato, three by Pat Misch, one by Tim Byrdak and one by Jason Isringhausen - to the Cubbies offense. Carlos Pena and Kosuke Fukudome led the charge, each homering.
Key stat: Jose Reyes hit a "little league home run" in the third for the Mets. He belted a double, advanced to third on an error by Fukudome, and then scored on an error by Darwin Barney.
2011 record: 23-26
2010 record: 25-24

MAY 25: METS 7, CUBS 4 (6) Game
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MAY 25: METS 7, CUBS 4 (6)
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Recap: Dillon Gee got off to a rough start, surrendering four runs in the bottom of the first, but he managed to settle down and get some help from the Mets' bats in a rain-shortened win over the Cubs. Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano each hit run-scoring doubles in the first, but Gee was virtually un-hittable from then on, allowing just one hit in his next five innings. Carlos Beltran did the most damage for the Mets offense, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and 2 RBIs.
Key stat: Every Mets starter with the exceptions of Josh Thole and Dillon Gee reached base at least twice.
2011 record: 23-25
2010 record: 25-23

MAY 24: CUBS 11, METS 1 Game story
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MAY 24: CUBS 11, METS 1
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Recap: One day after team owner Fred Wilpon was quoted in a New Yorker magazine article criticizing David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, the Mets played like a beaten team in Chicago. Ronny Paulino made two errors that opened the door for five unearned runs, four of which were charged to starter Jon Niese. Adding injury to insult, Jason Bay was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning because of what the Mets described as a stiff right calf.
Key stat: Before coming out of the game, Bay had gone 0-for-3 and left two runners on base. He is now batting .083 (2-for-24) with runners in scoring position.
2011 record: 22-25
2010 record: 24-23

MAY 22: YANKEES 9, METS 3 Game story
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MAY 22: YANKEES 9, METS 3
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Recap: After relying so much on the long ball lately, the Yankees found a different way to win: small ball. Trailing by two in the seventh inning the Yankees sent 13 men to the plate, scored eight runs on six hits - not one of which was a homer - and raced to a 9-3 Subway Series win before a crowd of 48,293 at Yankee Stadium.
Key stat: The Yankees went 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the seventh inning, which included a 4-for-5 mark with the bases loaded.
2011 record: 22-24
2010 record: 23-23

MAY 21: YANKEES 7, METS 3 Game story
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MAY 21: YANKEES 7, METS 3
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Recap: The night started out well for the Mets, with Jason Bay and Justin Turner each driving in runs in the first to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. However, Chris Capuano did everything but hold on to the lead, surrendering four home runs to the Bronx Bombers, as the Mets slipped back below .500. Capuano allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, ballooning his ERA to 5.36.
Key stat: Jose Reyes kept up his torrid hitting in the loss, going 3-for-5 to up his batting average to .318.
2011 record: 22-23
2010 record: 22-23

MAY 20: METS 2, YANKEES 1 Game story
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MAY 20: METS 2, YANKEES 1
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Recap: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey kept the Yankees bats in check, and the piecemeal Mets' lineup, led by Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner, pushed across two runs to lift the Mets in Game 1 of the Subway Series. Dickey faltered just once, allowing a solo homer to Mark Teixeira, pitching six innings of one-run ball. The outing lowered his ERA to 4.71. The Mets' bullpen added in three no-hit innings to preserve the victory.
Key stat: The Mets reached .500 for the first time since they lost to the Nationals on April 10 to fall to 4-5.
2011 record: 22-22
2010 record: 21-23

MAY 19: METS 1, NATIONALS 0 Game story
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MAY 19: METS 1, NATIONALS 0
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Recap: Dillon Gee came close to ending the Mets' 50-season streak without a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Nationals. It was the opposing pitcher, Livan Hernadez, who broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 14th save and preserved the Mets' 18 scoreless innings streak.
Key stat: Gee is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA so far in 2011.
2011 record: 21-22
2010 record: 20-23

MAY 18: METS 3, NATIONALS 0 Game story
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MAY 18: METS 3, NATIONALS 0
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Recap: In front of a (very) modest crowd, Jonathon Niese braved the elements to pitch a gem for the Mets. Niese pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just six hits, to lead the Mets to a 3-0 win against the Nationals, the team's fifth win in their last seven games. Niese struck out seven in the effort, walking just one. Jose Reyes and Justin Turner carried the offensive load for the Mets, combining to go 5-for-8 at the top of the order with two runs and two RBIs. Reyes and Turner are now hitting .322 and .333, respectively.
Key stat: The Mets offense still struggled with runners in scoring position, batting just 1-for-12.
2011 record: 20-22
2010 record: 20-22

MAY 16: MARLINS 2, METS 1 (11 innings)
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MAY 16: MARLINS 2, METS 1 (11 innings)
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Recap: The Mets wasted too many chances to count (failed bunt, lack of clutch hitting, bad hop that turned into a Marlins double play) and lost on a misty, dreary night at Citi Field. After the first pitch was delayed for an hour and 20 minutes, the game eventually began; although neither team's offense got the memo. Two of the hitting stars were actually pitchers -- Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop delievered the go-ahead single in the 11th off Ryota Igarashi and Mets starter Jonathon Niese hit a pinch-hit, two-out triple that momentarily gave the Mets hope before Leo Nunez struck out Jose Reyes to end the game. On a day when the Mets learned they had lost David Wright to a back injury, the night was equally forgettable.
Key stat: Mike Pelfrey continued his resurgence, allowing six hits in seven innings. His only earned run came at the hands of Mike Stanton, who crushed a game-tying home run that traveled over 450 feet in the seventh inning.
2011 record: 19-22
2010 record: 19-22

MAY 15: METS 7, ASTROS 4 Game story
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MAY 15: METS 7, ASTROS 4
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Recap: The Mets might finally have a second basemen at last. Justin Turner, starting his fourth consecutive game, hit a three-run homer and two-run double as the Mets beat the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Chris Capuano worked five innings and allowed two runs for his third win. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 12th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.
Key stat: Turner is 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position since joining the Mets on April 19.
2011 record: 19-21
2010 record: 19-21

MAY 14: ASTROS 7, METS 3 Game story
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MAY 14: ASTROS 7, METS 3
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Recap: R.A. Dickey is still looking for that 2010 magic as he was lit up for 11 hits and six runs in a loss to the Astros in Houston. The knuckleballer fell to 1-5 and his ERA rose to 5.08. The Mets tried to chip away adding a run in the third and fourth inning, but Dickey surrendered two more runs in the sixth to th Astros before being pulled.
Key stat: Houston's Carlos Lee picked up his 2,000th hit with a first-inning single.
2011 record: 18-21
2010 record: 19-20

MAY 13: METS 6, ASTROS 4 Game story
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MAY 13: METS 6, ASTROS 4
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Recap: Fresh off having two days off, David Wight got back to work quickly by hitting the go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning. Jason Bay and Fernando Martinez also joined the home run parade to give reliever Pat Misch the win.
Key stat: Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed five hits, four runs and matched a career high by walking four in five-plus innings.
2011 record: 18-20
2010 record: 18-20

After a long delay, Carlos Beltran had a
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After a long delay, Carlos Beltran had a field day at Coors Field. The Mets outfielder hit three home runs off of Rockies pitching, totaling six RBIs in the process, to lead New York to the win. The three homers drove Beltran's total on the season to eight.

MAY 10: METS 4, ROCKIES 3 Game story
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MAY 10: METS 4, ROCKIES 3
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey shook off a rocky start - he allowed a pair of solo home runs in the second inning - and then came up big at the plate, smacking a two-run double in the fourth, to lead the Mets to a win over Colorado. Francisco Rodriguez got the save for the Mets. It was his 10th save of the season, and the scoreless inning lowered his ERA to 1.10.
Key stat: Troy Tulowitzki's home run was his fifth in six games against the Mets this season.
2011 record: 16-20
2010 record: 18-18

MAY 9: ROCKIES 2, METS 1 Game story
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MAY 9: ROCKIES 2, METS 1
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Recap: Chris Capuano gave the Mets a chance to win, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing only two runs. However, the solo home run that Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta snuck over the wall in the seventh inning proved to be the difference. The Mets twice left the bases loaded, stranded 10 and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Key stat: The Mets drew six walks against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, but got only two hits.
2011 record: 15-20
2010 record: 18-17

MAY 8: DODGERS 4, METS 2 Game story
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MAY 8: DODGERS 4, METS 2
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Recap: R.A. Dickey was no match for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a Mother's Day matchup. The knuckleballer allowed 10 hits and four runs in seven innings, while Kershaw struck out eight and allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Mets got the tying run to the plate with one out in the ninth, but Carlos Beltran flew out and David Wright struck out against fill-in Dodgers closer Vicente Padilla to end the game.
Key stat: Dickey has not won a game since his first start of the season on April 3.
2011 record: 15-19
2010 record: 18-16

MAY 7: METS 4, DODGERS 2 Game story
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MAY 7: METS 4, DODGERS 2
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Recap: With Chris Young unable to start, Dillon Gee filled in with a respectable 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs. The game was tied 2-2 in the eighth when pinch-hitter Justin Turner drove a bases-loaded single over the head of Dodgers centerfield Matt Kemp to give the Mets the lead. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth innning for a save on the third consecutive night. More noteworthy, Dodgers star Andre Ethier failed to extend his hitting streak. The streak ended at 30 games -- one shy of the Dodgers record set by Tommy Davis in 1969.
Key stat: The Dodgers left the bases loaded three times in the game and left 14 men on base overall.
2011 record: 15-18
2010 record: 18-15

MAY 6: METS 6, DODGERS 3 Game story
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MAY 6: METS 6, DODGERS 3
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Recap: Overshadowed by Andre Ethier's hitting streak, the Mets snuck past the Dodgers in the opener of a weekend series at Citi Field. Ethier extended his streak to 30 games in the first inning, and the Dodgers carried a 3-2 lead into the sixth. However, Jason Pridie hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the frame, giving the Mets' bullpen enough run support to hold on for the win.
Key stat: Jose Reyes had two triples in a game for the second time this year, and the sixth time in his career.
2011 record: 14-18
2010 record: 17-15

MAY 5: METS 5, GIANTS 2 Game story
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MAY 5: METS 5, GIANTS 2
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Recap: Always unpredictable, Mike Pelfrey managed to deliver for the Mets in an afternoon game, pitching into the eighth inning and surrendering just two runs. Offensively, the Mets did enough to get by, with Jose Reyes (triple, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Beltran (two-run home run) providing much of the firepower.
Key stat: Francisco Rodriguez was anything but smooth, but he pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings for his seventh save, lowering his ERA to 1.35.
2011 record: 13-18
2010 record: 17-14

MAY 4: GIANTS 2, METS 0 Game story
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MAY 4: GIANTS 2, METS 0
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Recap: Giants ace Tim Lincecum was his usual self, fanning 12 batters in seven shutout innings. Chris Capuano nearly matched him on the hill, pitching 6 1/3 effective innings, but Pat Burrell's RBI single in the sixth proved to be enough run support for Lincecum and the Giants.
Key stat:David Wright was hitless, lowering his average on the season to .248.
2011 record: 12-18
2010 record: 17-13

MAY 3: GIANTS 7, METS 6 (10) Game
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MAY 3: GIANTS 7, METS 6 (10)
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Recap: Playing for the first time in New York since the death of Osama bin Laden, an energetic crowd provided for a great atmosphere in New York. The Mets' bats responded, plating three runs in the first behind a Carlos Beltran home run. R.A. Dickey couldn't hold the lead, though, surrendering six runs in six innings of work. The Mets held close, and had a bases loaded situation in the ninth to win it, but couldn't capitalize, opening the door for a Giants victory on an Aubrey Huff home run in the 10th.
Key stat:While ineffective, Dickey was efficient with his pitch count, throwing just 84 pitches in his six innings.
2011 record: 12-17
2010 record: 16-13

MAY 1: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (14) Game
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MAY 1: METS 2, PHILLIES 1 (14)
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Recap: On a historic night when President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the Mets-Phillies game took a backseat. Chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" broke out at Citizens Bank Park as the crowd slowly got wind of the news. The Mets and Phillies played for 14 innings until Ronny Paulino's fifth hit, an RBI double off Kyle Kendrick with two outs in the 14th inning, gave the Mets the win.
Key stat:Ike Davis ended his hitting streak at 11 games.
2011 record: 12-16
2010 record: 15-13

APRIL 30: PHILLIES 2, METS 1 Game story
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APRIL 30: PHILLIES 2, METS 1
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Recap: A day after the Phillies beat up Mike Pelfrey, Jonathon Niese stepped in and gave 6 1/3 quality innings, giving up just two runs. However, the Mets bats fell silent, as Roy Halladay went the distance giving up just seven hits and one run. The only Met that could figure out Halladay was Carlos Beltran, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Key stat:Of Roy Halladay's 107 pitches, 80 were strikes.
2011 record: 11-16
2010 record: 15-12

APRIL 29: PHILLIES 10, METS 3 Game story
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APRIL 29: PHILLIES 10, METS 3
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Recap: Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee forgot their 'A' games at home. And when you're playing the Phillies in Philadelphia, that's not a good thing. The NL East's best team took advantage, with Ryan Howard going deep as Philly cruised to an easy win over the Mets.
Key stat: Two of the Mets' hits, and all three runs, came in the ninth inning, already trailing 10-0.
2011 record: 11-15
2010 record: 14-12

APRIL 28: NATIONALS 4, METS 3 Game story
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APRIL 28: NATIONALS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Remember this guy, Mets fans? The ageless wonder Livan Hernandez went eight innings allowing just two earned runs, and Chris Capuano struggled, halting New York's winning streak at six games.
Key stat: Ike Davis stayed hot, getting two hits to increase his season average to .352.
2011 record: 11-14
2010 record: 14-11

APRIL 27: METS 6, NATIONALS 3 Game story
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APRIL 27: METS 6, NATIONALS 3
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Recap: What will it take for Daniel Murphy to score a full time starting gig? Coming off the bench, Murphy went 2-2, including a solo homer and a two-run double, to spark the Mets to their sixth win in a row. R.A. Dickey was on the bump for the Mets and turned in a solid outing, pitching into the seventh inning and allowing two earned runs.
Key stat: Jason Bay went 2-for-4, upping his batting average to .391. The team is 6-0 since Bay's return.
2011 record: 11-13
2010 record: 14-10

APRIL 26: METS 6, NATIONALS 4 Game story
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APRIL 26: METS 6, NATIONALS 4
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Recap: Despite a subpar start from Chris Young (4 2/3 innings, three earned runs), the Mets managed to beat the Nationals in Washington for their fifth straight win. Josh Thole was the offensive star, driving in three runs, and Ike Davis had three hits to raise his batting average to .338.
Key stat: Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of the season.
2011 record: 10-13
2010 record: 14-9

APRIL 24: METS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4 Game story
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APRIL 24: METS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4
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Recap: Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings for his first win of the year in an 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. David Wright homered twice and Jason Pridie hit the first home run of his career to give the Mets their first four-game winning streak of 2011.
Key stat: Wright's last multihomer game was Sept. 12, 2009, at Philadelphia.
2011 record: 9-13
2010 record: 13-9

APRIL 23: METS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4 Game story
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APRIL 23: METS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4
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Recap: The "Mets featuring Jason Bay Tour" continued to roll, with New York improving to 3-0 since the return of their left fielder. Bay homered, as did Ike Davis - his second home run in as many days - and Dillon Gee gave the Mets six efficient innings in the victory.
Key stat: Every Mets starter had a hit, with five finishing with two hits.
2011 record: 8-13
2010 record: 12-9

APRIL 22: METS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1 Game story
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APRIL 22: METS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
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Recap: It took him five starts, but Mike Pelfrey started to pitch to his spot in the rotation. The Mets' ace went seven innings, allowing one run, and a towering home run by Ike Davis was all the support he needed as New York cruised to their second-straight win. Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez sealed the deal for Pelf, holding Arizona scoreless in the 8th and 9th.
Key stat: Carlos Beltran got a hit for the fifth consecutive game, upping his batting average to .286.
2011 record: 7-13
2010 record: 11-9

APRIL 21: METS 9, ASTROS 1 Game story
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APRIL 21: METS 9, ASTROS 1
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Recap: The Mets wasted no time welcome Jason Bay back to the lineup. New York's bats came alive, pouring in nine runs, and Bay had a double and an exciting "inside the park home run" - actually a four-base error by Hunter Pence - as the Mets got back into the winning column. It was the team's second win in the last 11 games.
Key stat: Terry Collins was ejected just eight pitches into the game. It was the 22nd ejection of his managerial career, which spans 897 games.
2011 record: 6-13
2010 record: 10-9

APRIL 20: ASTROS 4, METS 3 Game story
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APRIL 20: ASTROS 4, METS 3
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Recap: Despite a solid outing from R.A. Dickey, the Mets failed to stop another one of the league's worst teams for the second straight night. Dickey pitched eight effective innings, surrendering four runs, but it was the fourth, a solo home run by Hunter Pence, that proved to be the difference in the Astros win.
Key stat: The loss was the fifth straight game the Mets were held under four runs.
2011 record: 5-13
2010 record: 9-9

APRIL 19: ASTROS 6, METS 1 Game story
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APRIL 19: ASTROS 6, METS 1
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Recap: Looking to take advantage of another struggling team, the Mets fell short. Wandy Rodriguez pitched masterfully for Houston, allowing one run and three hits over seven innings, spoiling a solid effort from Jonathon Niese (six innings, two runs). New York finished the game with just four hits, one of which was a solo home run by Carlos Beltran.
Key stat: The loss tied the Mets for the worst record in the Majors with the Mariners.
2011 record: 5-12
2010 record: 8-9

APRIL 17: METS 3, BRAVES 2 Game story
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APRIL 17: METS 3, BRAVES 2
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Recap: Terry Collins used not one but two of his starters in relief -- Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey -- in order to protect the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Braves. Josh Thole, promoted to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, had two RBIs and Dillon Gee supplied 5 2/3 serviceable innings.
Key stat: Jose Reyes, who opened the game with a double, went 2-for-4 and scored twice, has reached base safely in 14 of the Mets' 16 games.
2011 record: 5-11
2010 record: 7-9

APR. 15, GAME 2: BRAVES 4, METS 0
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APR. 15, GAME 2: BRAVES 4, METS 0
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Recap: New doubleheader, same story. For the second time in three days, the Mets were swept in a doubleheader, getting embarrassed by Jair Jurrjens and the Braves. New York mustered just two hits in the loss, and ace Mike Pelfrey again pitched poorly, allowing 11 hits and four earned runs in just five innings of work.
Key stat: On the bright side, the Mets held the opposing shortstop homerless for the first time in six games. Troy Tulowitzki had gone deep in each game of the Rockies' four-game sweep, and Alex Gonzalez had two home runs in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader.
2011 record: 4-11
2010 record: 6-9

APR. 15, GAME 1: BRAVES 4, METS 2
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APR. 15, GAME 1: BRAVES 4, METS 2
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Recap: The Mets again had pitching troubles in their first game of the season against the Braves. Emergency starter D.J. Carrasco couldn't get out of the fourth, and the Mets needed to use three relievers in the first half of a doubleheader. Derek Lowe, meanwhile, pitched six strong for the Braves, who hit four solo home runs to back up the starter.
Key stat: Just 20 of Bobby Parnell's 39 pitches were thrown for strikes.
2011 record: 4-10
2010 record: 6-8

APR. 14, GAME 2: ROCKIES 9, METS 4
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APR. 14, GAME 2: ROCKIES 9, METS 4
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Recap: Colorado pulled off the double dip sweep, again riding their bats to a win over the Mets at Citi Field. The Rockies hit two home runs in the win, including another one by Troy Tulowitzki, who homered in each game of the four-game set. New York, meanwhile, mustered just five hits, with 4-5 hitters Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis combining to go 0-7.
Key stat: The Rockies win completed the four game sweep. The Mets were last swept in a four game series May 13-16 last year on the road against the Florida Marlins.
2011 record: 4-9
2010 record: 5-8

APR. 14, GAME 1: ROCKIES 6, METS 5
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APR. 14, GAME 1: ROCKIES 6, METS 5
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Recap: Three themes from the first two games of the series continued in the third game: First, the Mets grabbed an early lead but couldn't hold on; second, the Mets' bullpen couldn't keep the Rockies off the scoreboard; third, Troy Tulowitzki hit a big home run. Tulowitzki's solo shot off Bobby Parnell, his third of the series, put the Rockies ahead 6-2. The Mets cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs in the ninth, but David Wright flew out to deep right with the bases loaded to end the game.
Key stat: Tulowitzki has gone 8-for-12 (.667) with three home runs and seven RBIs in the first three games of the series against the Mets.
2011 record: 4-8
2010 record: 4-8

APR. 13: ROCKIES 5, METS 4 Game story
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APR. 13: ROCKIES 5, METS 4
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Recap: Jonathon Niese started out solidly for the Mets, with New York heading into the fifth inning with a 3-1 lead, but Troy Tulowitzki's three run home run in the top of the inning gave Colorado the lead for good in a dreary game at Citi Field.
Key stat: Pedro Beato pitched a shutout inning for the Mets, maintaining his 0.00 ERA.
2011 record: 4-7
2010 record: 4-7

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