June 2, 2011: Mets Come Back to Beat Pirates

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Date: June 2, 2011
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 9
Pirates: 8
Winning pitcher: Jason Isringhausen
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Beltran's homer & walk, Tejada's two-run single & sacrifice fly

The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams completed a three-game series in front of 30,074 fans on hand. After trailing by seven runs, the Mets came from behind for a 9-8 win over Pittsburgh.

In the top of the first inning, Xavier Paul and Josh Harrison got back-to-back singles off Mets' starter Mike Pelfrey. An ensuing single by Andrew McCutchen scored Paul for a 1-0 Pirates lead. McCutchen stole second base and Neil Walker grounded out to bring home Harrison. Following another ground out, Matt Diaz singled to score McCutchen for the third Pittsburgh run. Ronny Cedeno hit another single and Pelfrey struck out Dusty Brown. Bucs' starter Paul Maholm then retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

Paul got a one-out single in the top of the second. Harrison flied out to left field and Paul stole second base. McCutchen singled to score Paul and a home run by Walker extended the Pirates' lead to six runs. Pelfrey retired Lyle Overbay on a pop-up to shortstop Jose Reyes for the third out of the inning. Maholm then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the third, Pelfrey walked Brown and gave up a single to Maholm. Paul singled to plate Brown for a 7-0 Pittsburgh lead. Harrison lined out to second baseman Ruben Tejada to end the inning and Maholm yielded consecutive singles to Reyes and Justin Turner with two outs in the bottom half. Carlos Beltran followed with a three-run homer over the left field wall. Jason Bay then flied out to right fielder Paul.

Pelfrey and Maholm each pitched scoreless ball in the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Mets' reliever Tim Byrdak set down three straight Pirate batters after a single by Maholm. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Tejada delivered a single that scored Beltran and Bay. Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy singled to score Nick Evans from second base. With Reyes facing Bucs' reliever Chris Resop, a passed ball by catcher Brown allowed Tejada to come home from third and tie the game at 7-7. Resop struck out Reyes to end the inning. Bobby Parnell and Resop each pitched a scoreless seventh and the Pirates failed to score against Jason Isringhausen in the top of the eighth.

Ronny Paulino opened the bottom of the eighth inning with a single off Pittsburgh reliever Jose Veras. Pinch-runner Willie Harris moved to second base on Veras's balk and then to third on his wild pitch. Josh Thole drew a walk and Tejada hit a fly ball to center fielder McCutchen on which Harris scored the go-ahead run. Veras walked Murphy (intentionally) and Reyes to load the bases and Turner fouled out to first baseman Overbay. Beltran drew a walk to force home Thole and stretch the Mets' lead to 9-7. Bucs' reliever Daniel McCutchen then fanned Bay for the third out of the inning.

Paul tripled off Mets' reliever Francisco Rodriguez to begin the top of the ninth. Rodriguez retired the next two batters and Walker singled to score Paul. Overbay then popped out to third baseman Turner to end the game. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory.