After a 1-4 slide, John Maine turned it around last night for the Mets by working strong into the eighth. Maine worked quickly and efficiently, and attacked Minnesota hitters in the strike zone.
“He has seven wins, but he could have nine, 10 with the way he’s pitched,” said catcher Paul Lo Duca.
Maine gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings in beating Minnesota, 8-1.
-Carlos Delgado homered to give him 45 in interleague play, tying him for third with Boston’s Manny Ramirez. Delgado showed breakout signs with four hits in his last three games.
-Carlos Beltran had a RBI double in the eighth.
-Paul Lo Duca said he didn’t think he would play when he woke up this morning. But, he cleared himself after BP and delivered a key, two-run single in the sixth.
-The Mets left 11, but this time it didn’t hurt so bad.