If the last two games are any indication, Mets fans may be able to breathe a small sigh of relief. John Maine took the mound Tuesday and improved on his last outing by pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs.
Maine accumulated six hits, three strikeouts and one walk on his way to a win. The rest of the relievers didn’t allow any more runs. Pedro Feliciano pitched a third of an inning and still hasn’t given up an earned run.
Sean Green, Darren O’Day, JJ Putz and Francisco Rodriguez closed out the game by striking out six batters and allowing only two more hits. But there is a little concern with JJ Putz, who only pitched 2/3 of an inning before coming out due to a troublesome fingernail.
The Mets offense supported Maine with a four-run seventh inning and a two-run inside-the-park home run by Jonathan Malo in the eighth.
Among the offensive highlights of the evening were Carlos Delgado’s 3-for-3 night, an RBI and a walk; Daniel Murphy and David Wright’s combined four RBI; and Jose Reyes’ stolen base, two hits and two runs.
The Mets next face the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday. Johan Santana will take the mound.