The Mets jumped out to a huge lead with a five-run third inning and never looked back against the Indians in their second matchup. It was the third straight game in which the Mets scored five runs in an inning.
The Mets got six straight hits in the third inning by Ruben Tejada, Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, David Wright, Ike Davis and Jason Bay. The last four all hit doubles. Wright knocked in his 51st and 52nd RBI to continue to lead the majors.
Jeff Francouer and Pagan drove in three more runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-3. Pagan ended the night with three RBI. Bay also had an RBI but left the game before the sixth inning. He took a tumble in the second inning while legging out an infield single. Bay’s day to day.
Jon Niese wasn’t as sharp as he was in his last start when he pitched a one-hitter. Part of that might’ve been caused by a hole in the pitching mound that had to be prepared. He allowed three runs in seven innings. He’s now 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA since coming off the disabled list.
The Mets bullpen made things a little scary in the eighth inning when Jenrry Mejia and Elmer Dessens walked three straight batters to load the bases. After a sacrifice fly, Dessens induced a double play to get out of the inning and then mopped up the ninth.
The Mets are nine games over .500 and a half-game behind the first-place Braves. They’ll try to sweep their second straight road series Thursday night when they throw R.A. Dickey on the mound. He’s looking for his fifth win and, at the very least, stay undefeated.