Once again defensive mistakes have majorly impacted the outcome of a New York Mets game.
Neither team had recorded a hit before the first big error. After Fernando Martinez reached on a walk to lead off the fourth, Brian Roberts booted a sure double-play ball off the bat of Carlos Beltran.
Consecutive singles by David Wright and Ryan Church brought home Martinez and Beltran to put the Mets up 2-0. Daniel Murphy and Brian Schneider each picked up an RBI in the four-run fourth.
Mike Pelfrey came out of the gates strong and did not allow a hit until a two-out single by Nick Markakis in the fourth. However, just like his last outing, after a strong start, Pelfrey struggled in the middle innings.
Big Pelf loaded the bases in the fifth before striking out Roberts to end the threat. The sixth inning spelled the end of the road for Pelfrey. He surrendered a two-run homer to Markakis and was lifted with two outs after walking Luke Scott.
The big play of the game came in the top of the seventh. The Mets had Martinez and Alex Cora in scoring position with two outs and the hottest hitter in the NL, David Wright, coming to the plate.
Wright battled with Baltimore reliever Danys Baez, then lifted a weak fly ball to shallow right field near the line. First baseman Aubrey Huff sprinted back and tried to make the catch over his shoulder, but the ball hit off his glove and fell, allowing the eventual winning run to score.
Bobby Parnell and Fransisco Rodriguez combined to make things interesting in the ninth, surrendering two runs (both charged to Parnell). K-Rod blew a fastball past Adam Jones to end the game.
Rodriguez also struck out super-prospect Matt Wieters in the inning.
Wright had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Wright is hitting .558 (24-43) in that span and leads the MLB in hitting with a .365 average.
The Mets send Rochester native Tim Redding (0-2, 6.18 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. In his last two starts, Redding has allowed four runs on 12 hits in 13 innings of work while striking out eight and walking only two.
Thirty-four-year-old Japanese rookie Koji Uehara (2-4, 4.37) will take the hill for Baltimore. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 P.M.
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