Mets-Cubs: Angel Pagan's Homer Sparks Offense in New York Win

Matt AmlingContributor IApril 19, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 08:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets connects on a third inning base hit against the Florida Marlins on April 8, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK—With runs scarce for the Mets lately, Angel Pagan got the ball rolling with a two-run homer.

The Mets played their most complete game of the season against the Chicago Cubs Monday night, where both pitching and offense came together.

Jon Niese gave the Mets six strong innings, only allowing an unearned run, while Pagan highlighted the offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Mets went on to score five runs in the seventh inning, with contributions also coming from rookie Ike Davis, who was making his MLB debut at Citi Field. Davis went 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI single.  

Niese delivered his best start of the season, pitching out of a couple early jams. He ended his night with seven strikeouts and three walks over six innings. 

Aside from Pagan, the rookies were the storyline throughout Monday night's game. Adding to the rookies' performance, Jenrry Mejia delivered two solid innings of shutout ball to close out the game. 

The win Monday night over the Cubs puts the Mets' record at 5-8 on the season and will hope to serve as the model for this 10-game home stand.

The winning pitcher was Fernando Nieve, and the losing pitcher was James Russell.

The Mets and Cubs will be back at it Tuesday night at Citi Field.