Fernando Tatis came through for the Mets again on Thursday. Just a few days removed from his game-winning homer against the Phillies, Tatis hit a two-run homer in the seventh to put the Mets ahead for good.
Tatis had three hits, including a double in the third that scored Carlos Beltran and David Wright. Tatis finished with four RBI on the day.
John Maine struggled again on the mound for the Mets. He continues to have problems with high pitch counts. Maine went to a 3-2 count to the first four batters he faced, and walked two in the first inning, but escaped unscathed.
Maine's inability to throw strikes ended up costing him later. John Bowker scored on a wild pitch in the fourth. Then Maine had an 0-2 count on pitcher Barry Zito with one out in the fifth, but ended up walking him. The next batter, Fred Lewis, also walked, and Randy Winn knocked them both in with a double to tie the game at three.
Maine then recorded his eighth strikeout of the game, but was removed after throwing 109 pitches and walking five batters in just four-and-two-thirds innings.
The bullpen picked up the slack for Maine as Carlos Muniz, Scott Schoeneweis, Duaner Sanchez, and Billy Wagner combined to allow just one hit in four-and-one-third innings.
After struggling in the series against the Phillies, the bullpen has been excellent the past three games against the Giants. In ten-and-one-third innings, the 'pen didn't surrender a single run, and allowed just two baserunners.
The bullpen has had a lot of work the past two days (8 1/3 IP), and could use a break tomorrow against the Rockies. Pedro Feliciano is the only reliever that didn't pitch in the series against San Francisco.
The Giants will take on the National League leading Cubs tomorrow, and Matt Cain (5-7, 4.30) will take on Jason Marquis (6-5, 4.78).
The Rockies will come to Shea to play the Mets in their final meetings of the season. NL All Star, Aaron Cook (11-6, 3.66), will take the hill for Colorado. The Mets will send out Oliver Perez (6-5, 4.62), who has been stellar in his last two starts, allowing just one run in fourteen innings of work.
Player of the Game: Fernando Tatis: 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI