Just in the nick of time the New York Mets (61-68) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (83-44) on Wednesday.
The Mets needed positive momentum going into a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, and found it from Nick Evans, who had a 3-for-4 day with a homer (2) and four RBI’s. Evans also had a nice day on the field, making a nice play on a Ryan Howard ground ball, in the bottom of the fourth.
Unlike Game Two, New York cashed in on their early inning opportunities, and that made all the difference in picking up a good win over a very tough Philadelphia team. Also helping was a decent start from Mike Pelfrey (W, 7-10). Pelfrey went six innings, giving up nine hits but only allowing three runs.
David Wright also had a good day at the dish, finishing 3-for-4 with a two-run homer (11) in the top of the third-which gave the Mets a 5-3 lead at the time. The Mets finished the day with 11 hits against five Phillies pitchers.
Another difference in the game was the performance of the Mets bullpen, as the trio of Tim Byrdak, Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell (S, 1) kept the Phillies to only one run. The three relievers combined for a total of five strikeouts in the victory.
Now the team will enjoy a well earned day off, before starting that three-game set against the Braves on Friday. The Mets will send out starter Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71 ERA) taking on Tim Hudson (13-7, 3.01 ERA), with the first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m.