They got five innings from Brian Lawrence and the win. When you dip into the minors for a spot starter and win the game you can’t ask for anything more.
-Damion Easley’s inside-the-parker in the sixth was the second of his career.
-Stolen base No. 51 for Jose Reyes. He is the first New York player with three straight seasons of 50-plus steals (includes Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants).
-David Wright tied a career high with four hits.
-The Mets’ 18 hits is a season-high.
-The victory by Lawrence was his first in the majors since Aug. 16, 2005, at Florida, while with San Diego.
-Lastings Milledge had the fifth three-hit game of his career.
Orlando Hernandez goes tomorrow in the first game of the Cubs series. The Mets are 23-12 in the first game of a series, the best record in the majors.
Pitching probables and TV listings: At Chicago.
Friday: RHP Orlando Hernandez (7-4, 3.02) for the Mets vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (14-7, 3.47) for Chicago, 2:20 p.m., Radio: WFAN, 660-AM; WADO (Spanish), 1280-AM/TV: SportsNet New York (SNY).
Saturday: RHP John Maine (12-5, 2.92) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (11-5, 3.60), 3:55 p.m., Radio: WFAN, 660-AM; WADO (Spanish), 1280-AM/TV: FOX.
Sunday: LHP Tom Glavine (9-6, 4.51) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (7-6, 4.20), TBA p.m., Radio: WFAN, 660-AM; WADO (Spanish), 1280-AM/TV: ESPN.