Another great come from behind victory. This time it came against the closest division rival and clinched the season series against them.
The Mets got a good look at Oliver Perez. The way this start went for epitomizes his struggles with the Pirates this year and last and his promise from 2004 when he was 12-10 with a 2.98 ERA.
He allowed no hits in the first four innings striking out 6. Even in the first when he walked two men, he got Howard and Burrell.
But in the fifth, he walked Coste, and walked the pitcher. Both runners were erased on fielder's choices but there were still two on and two out. Victorino singled for one run then Perez hit Utley with a pitch.
Then came Ryan Howard. He got Howard flailing at two sliders, but the third one was high and he ripped it for his 46th homer and 121st RBI.
So Perez did hang in and get Burrell, but his Mets debut was marred. His final line showed 5 runs in 5 innings with the help of 5 walks, but only 2 hits. He struck out 7. Overall, I'm encouraged by his performance because it's clear the tools are there, and he pitched great in 80% of the innings.
Carlos Beltran had given Perez and early lead with his career high tying 38th home run of the season, which was also his 200th of his career.
In the 6th Delgado got the Mets back to within one with his 33rd homer of the year, his 7th in the last 9 games.
Then the Mets broke it open in the 7th.
Jose Reyes singled to center.
Paul Lo Duca singled to right, Reyes to second.
Carlos Beltran hit by pitch, Reyes to third, Lo Duca to second.
Carlos Delgado hit sacrifice fly to center, Reyes scored, Lo Duca to third, Beltran to second.
David Wright intentionally walked. I didn't understand that move considering how bad Wright has been.
Then Shawn Green got his first big hit as a Met. with a 0-2 count he doubled to deep left center, Lo Duca and Beltran scored, Wright to third.
Jose Valentin intentionally walked.
Endy Chavez doubled to right, Wright and Green scored, Valentin to third
Chris Woodward singled to right, Valentin and Chavez scored.
Then Reyes and Lo Duca made outs to the end the party, but not before the Mets had scored 7 runs and taken an 11-5 lead.
Guillermo Mota came in and shut the door from there. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out 2, on only 17 pitches.
Endy Chavez had another great game going 4 for 4.
David Wright had another horrible game going 0 for 4.
But before you say Wright was ruined by the All Star game home run derby, Ryan Howard beat Wright that night and leads the majors with 18 home runs since then.