8-20-10 Z- Cap: Mets 7 Pirates 2

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8-20-10 Z- Cap: Mets 7 Pirates 2

Less than 24 hours after being called “pathetic” by their manager the New York Mets offense exploded for 7 runs on 15 hits, taking game 1 of this 3 game set vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates in the process. It was the team’s highest run total since July 27th vs. the Cardinals (8-2 win) breaking a streak of 18 straight games of scoring 5 or less runs. NY was averaging just 2.81 runs/game since the All-Star break heading into tonight’s contest but gave Manuel the offense he had been begging for:

When Carter got that 2 out RBI single that was something that we needed to happen for us.  I think, once you start getting those things there you kinda flow through the line up.  That was huge for us. We got a couple 2 out RBI and then he comes up and, they score a run he comes up and hits the home run so it was all big hits for us, no doubt about it. Hopefully it can continue.”

Mike Pelfrey turned in his 3rd straight quality start scattering 6 hits over 8 IP, while allowing just 2 runs (1 earned) en route to his earning his 12th win of the season. Manuel had this to say about his starter:

He was pretty good, despite being under the weather.  He was really struggling with some type of stomach problem.  He fought through it, he fought through.  I thought Dan did a good job of telling him ‘hey you can finish this game.’  Even after 5  he knew he was going back rather than try to get out of there with a 5 inning win.  He fought through it I thought that was pretty courageous of him there, to take us as far as he did.”

Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens was unable to get out of the 4th inning as he allowed all 7 NY runs on 11 hits, dropping to 2-10 on the season.

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