Despite being down by five runs in the sixth inning, the Mets were scrappy and came back to win the game 7-6 and their eight straight at home. It was the second eight-game winning streak of the season.
Opposing teams must be scouting Hisanori Takahashi well as he doesn’t seem to be as sharp as he was in his first two starts when he went 1-0 and shut out the Phillies and the Yankees for 12 straight innings. Today, he allowed five runs, including two homers. He seemed to have weakened in the sixth inning when he allowed four of those runs.
It could be that the Marlins just hit Takahashi well. Last time he faced them in an extended relief role, he allowed two runs on four hits and four walks in three innings. The problem is, Takahashi didn’t fare well against San Diego, either, as he allowed six earned runs in just four innings in his last start. If this keeps up, the Mets may need to find another starter.
Thankfully, the Mets were able to overcome his rocky start on Sunday. They put up three runs in the sixth inning off RBI singles by Chris Carter and Angel Pagan. They tied the game in the seventh inning after Jeff Francoeur belted a three-run homer. Pagan would also score in the eighth inning on a double-play ball by Ike Davis in a bases-loaded situation.
That was enough for Francisco Rodriguez. He earned his 12th save of the year, but of course he had to make it interesting by allowing a single to Jorge Cantu. Cantu advanced to second with two outs on a fly ball hit by Ronnie Paulino. But Cody Ross struck out to end the game.
The Mets are now in third place, three games over .500 and three games behind the Braves. The Mets are off Monday, but will have a chance to leap-frog the Phillies if they continue their home winning streak against the Padres. Mike Pelfrey will take the mound Tuesday and try to continue his dominance.