The Mets leap-frogged the Braves in the standings as Mike Pelfrey pitched brilliantly to get the Mets off their losing streak. Pelfrey went 7 2/3 innings, getting the 3-2 win and giving the bullpen some much-needed rest.
Pedro Feliciano held the Braves off after Pelfrey left the game. Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save of the season.
The only Mets offense came from Rod Barajas, who hit a two-RBI double in the second inning, and Chris Carter’s RBI single in the sixth. Carter started his first game with the Mets and spelled Jeff Francoeur in right field. He also batted cleanup, where he had a hit, a walk and a run in addition to his RBI. After the game, Jerry Manuel hinted he might give Jason Bay a rest tomorrow and put Carter in left field.
Bay had a walk and a hit, extending his hitting streak to 11 straight games. David Wright, on the other hand, struck out in his 14th straight game, a personal worst. He went 0-for-4.
Johan Santana tries to keep things going and sweep the Braves in their short series tomorrow. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has been tearing it up in AAA, will reportedly start Wednesday in Oliver Perez’s spot and Hisanori Takahashi will take the mound on Friday for Jon Niese.