Anybody who says Citi Field is not a home run park did not watch tonight’s game as the Mets and Phillies combined for five long balls. The Mets were the bigger beneficiary of those home runs as they scored five runs off of them, all against Phillies starter Jamie Moyer.
Mike Pelfrey (4-0) pitched solidly enough but was nothing special. He did pitch seven innings, allowing the bullpen to rest a second straight night. He allowed three runs, one off of home run, and eight hits. He might not be as good as Johan Santana, but he is undefeated this season, something no other Mets starter can boast.
Both Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez once again were called on to pitch. Feliciano gave up a two-run homer to Jayson Werth, who was 4-for-4, to let the Phillies pull within in two runs. But Rodriguez shut the door again, getting his ninth save.
Jerry Manuel did not get to see his closer seal the deal because he was ejected in the eighth inning after disputing a second call by umpire Bill Welke. The first play was a double-play opportunity in which Welke called the runner safe. The second was when Shane Victorino was caught in a rundown but was called safe after Welke said Reyes interfered with him. In actuality, Reyes was trying to get of Victorino’s way.
The Mets jumped all over Moyer and scored all seven of their runs in the first three innings. Carlos Beltran and David Wright had two-run homers, and Jose Reyes had a solo shot. Wright seems to have crawled out of his slump as he went 3-for-3 with a walk. Carlos Delgado and Ramon Castro both had two hits.
The Amazin’s are just a half game out of first place and tied for second with the spiraling Florida Marlins. They will face the Pittsburgh Pirates for a weekend series. Jonathon Niese, who was just called up to replace the disabled list-bound Oliver Perez, will take the mound Friday night.