Mets' six-run rally puts away RaysJun 13, 2012 - 3:12 AM
Jordany Valdespin, who had the go-ahead two-run double in the fifth, knocked in four runs. Daniel Murphy, who entered Tuesday mired in a 4-for-31 slump, hit a two-run single to continue the rally in the seventh inning.
Chris Young (1-0) allowed nine hits and a pair of runs while fanning four over 5 2/3 innings to get his first major league victory since April 5 last year in Philadelphia. Young had season-ending surgery May 17, 2011, to repair a tear of the anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder.
"His velocity went up as the game went along, which I thought was good," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's just one of those things where he started to feel better and started to let go of it harder."
The Mets, who were swept at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, won for just the second time in their last eight contests.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis helped the cause Tuesday with three hits and three runs scored.
Alex Cobb (2-3) yielded seven hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 6 2/3 frames. The right-hander also had six strikeouts, but lost his third consecutive start.
Hideki Matsui celebrated his 38th birthday Tuesday and had an RBI single, but the Rays saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
"It was kind of a flat game for us, but Alex was good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
A ground ball from David Wright went under the glove of shortstop Elliot Johnson in the first inning, allowing Valdespin to score from second.
Matsui's bases-loaded single off the wall in right was followed by a Will Rhymes sacrifice fly, giving the Rays a 2-1 lead in the first.
Valdespin singled on a soft liner to left-center field in the fifth to drive in Omar Quintanilla and Nieuwenhuis.
New York blew the game open two innings later. Valdespin doubled down the right field line to plate Nieuwenhuis. After Wright was intentionally walked, J.P. Howell was summoned from the bullpen to relieve Cobb.
Lucas Duda hit a slow roller toward third that resulted in a single to load the bases. Murphy followed with a looping two-run hit to center for a four-run lead, and Davis turned on a 3-2 pitch and homered to right field.
Valdespin added an RBI groundout in the eighth, and Duda singled in Nieuwenhuis later in the inning.
The Mets are visiting Tropicana Field for the first time since June 8-10, 2001, when they Rays took two of three games...The Mets are 2-5 in interleague play this year...The Mets have had at least one double in a franchise record 34 straight games.
- NEW YORK: 11
TAMPA BAY: 2
Jun 12 10:30 PM
- Lucas Duda singled to right scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis. On the play, David Wright advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Daniel Murphy due up.
Mets 11, Rays 2 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 12 10:09 PM
- Jordany Valdespin grounded out to first scoring Omar Quintanilla. On the play, Kirk Nieuwenhuis advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and David Wright due up.
Mets 10, Rays 2 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 12 10:04 PM
- Ike Davis two-out, three-run Home Run (6) to right scored Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy. Jason Bay due up.
Mets 9, Rays 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 12 9:39 PM
- Daniel Murphy singled to center scoring Jordany Valdespin and David Wright. On the play, Lucas Duda advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Ike Davis due up.
Mets 6, Rays 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 12 9:36 PM
- Jordany Valdespin doubled to right scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Runner on second with two outs and David Wright due up.
Mets 4, Rays 2 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 12 9:27 PM
- Jordany Valdespin singled to center scoring Omar Quintanilla and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Runner on first with two outs and David Wright due up.
Mets 3, Rays 2 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 12 8:48 PM
- Ike Davis bunt singled to pitcher. Runner on first with none out and Jason Bay due up.
Mets 1, Rays 2 Top 2, 0 OutsJun 12 7:37 PM
- Hideki Matsui singled to right scoring Carlos Pena. On the play, Matt Joyce advances to second and B.J. Upton advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Will Rhymes due up.
Mets 1, Rays 1 Bot 1, 1 OutJun 12 7:31 PM
- David Wright reached first on Elliot Johnson's fielding error scoring Jordany Valdespin. Runner on first with one out and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 1, Rays 0 Top 1, 1 OutJun 12 7:16 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 12 7:12 PM
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