Despite some tense moments in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets came away with a win against a sub-.500 Orioles team. Mike Pelfrey retired 13 of his first 14 hitters but started to weaken a little in the sixth when Nick Markakis hit a two-run shot to make it 4-2 Mets. Pelfrey left after 5 2/3 innings. It was his first win since May 7.
The Mets got those four runs in the fourth inning, thanks to two Orioles errors. Another error by Aubrey Huff in the seventh inning helped to score the other two Mets runs. The Mets only scored three earned runs.
Alex Cora had a great night going 3-for-5. Brian Schneider and David Wright both had two hits and an RBI each. Wright kept up his blistering pace and added another stolen base.
The bullpen, except for Bobby Parnell, was good. Sean Green came in for the last out of the sixth and proceeded to retire the next five batters. Pedro Feliciano came in to face two left-handers and struck out both. Parnell came into the game in the ninth but immediately gave up two straight hits, which presented a save situation.
So, K-Rod was called on to close. After allowing a walk to load the bases, K-Rod induced a strikeout. He then walked pinch hitter and former Met Ty Wigginton to close the gap to 6-3. Rodriguez then got a ground ball, but that scored a run as well. Finally, he struck out Adam Jones.
The Mets hung on and took the first game of the series. Tim Redding takes the mound on Wednesday. Although the Mets only had one extra-base hit, they were able to produce enough offense to win, which is always a good sign.