Mets 4 Rangers 2
After nearly coming from behind to beat the Rangers in the first game of the day, the Mets rode their momentum to take the “rubber match” and win the series.
Pedro Martinez pitched very well, going six innings and allowing two runs — one earned — on six hits and one walk. He was removed for pinch-hitter Robinson Cancel in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied, two outs and the bases loaded. Cancel became the unlikely hero, hitting a 75-bouncer through the middle to score two runners and put the Mets ahead 4-2.
In stark contrast to their awful performance in the first game of the day, the Mets bullpen shut down the Rangers the rest of the way. Perfect innngs were thrown by Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez, and Billy Wagner to preserve the victory.
David Wright was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, and has boosted his average to .276.
Luis Castillo, Damion Easley, and Carlos Beltran each had two hits apiece.
I think (hope) it’s safe to say that Willie Randolph has a job for at least another week.
The Mets fly back to the Left Coast to face the Angels for a 10:05 pm EST ballgame. Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound against Jered Weaver.