Mets win again, beat Pittsburgh

August 15, 2008 6:47:06 PM PDT
Mike Pelfrey pitched seven shutout innings to lead the New York Mets to their fourth straight victory, a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Jose Reyes and Argenis Reyes had two hits each for the first-place Mets, who started the night a game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jack Wilson homered off reliever Duaner Sanchez and Adam LaRoche had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost three of four and dropped a season-low 12 games below .500.

Pelfrey (11-8), who had a 5.83 ERA in five starts over the past month, was stellar in his first career start against Pittsburgh.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits and didn't walk a batter.

Pittsburgh had a runner thrown out at home plate in the seventh and hit into two double plays against Pelfrey. The Pirates also wasted a scoring chance in the second, when Brandon Moss popped out and Jason Michaels grounded into a double play with two runners on.

Aaron Heilman, who walked a batter in the ninth, picked up his third save.

The Mets put their first four runners on base and scored twice in the first inning against Jason Davis (1-2). David Wright had an RBI single, and Argenis Reyes scored on a wild pitch.

Davis settled down after the first, and at one point retired 13 of 14 hitters. The right-hander went seven innings and allowed two runs and six hits.

Davis has given up two earned runs in 13 innings in two starts since joining the Pirates rotation. Pittsburgh has lost both games.

Notes: The Mets won for the fourth time in their past 12 games at PNC Park. ... New York's Nos. 3-9 hitters went 4-for-25. ... The Mets are 12-3 in Pelfrey's past 15 starts. ... Jose Reyes has 50 multi-hit games. He leads the National League with 158 hits. ... Wright has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Pittsburgh has scored 25 runs in its past 10 games. ... Pirates 3B Andy LaRoche is 5-for-33 since coming over in a deadline-day trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... The crowd of 36,418, buoyed by a post-game concert and fireworks, was Pittsburgh's sixth sellout of the season.