A Buffalonian lineup for the New York Mets managed a crooked number in the top of the second, hanging four runs on Pittsburgh starter Erik Bedard. Johan Santana looked sharp early, but the Pirates belted three straight doubles to start the bottom of the fourth to shave the Mets' lead in half, then tied things up on a long two-run homer from Michael McKenry.
After the Mets bypassed a scoring opportunity in the top of the eighth, they giftwrapped one for the Pirates in the bottom half when Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter (both fresh in the game) botched a Neil Walker fly ball and let him scoot all the way to third. He came in to score on a Clint Barmes sac fly, Joel Hanrahan shut the door, and that was all she wrote.
The Mets have a game like this in Pittsburgh every year. Or two, or three. I have no idea why. You might as well explain why the sky is blue. And don't tell me some sciency jim-jam about light refraction--how does light refraction explain Michael McKenry, I ask you?
Full recap to come.
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