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Rain-Shortened Mets Win at Wrigley

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Dillon Gee

CHICAGO (AP) _ Dillon Gee recovered from a wild start while Cubs
reliever Justin Berg never found the strike zone on a raw, messy
Wednesday night as the New York Mets beat Chicago 7-4 in a
rain-shortened game.

The game was called with two outs in the top of the seventh
inning after a 41-minute delay. It was 47 degrees for the first
pitch with a fierce northern wind blowing in from Lake Michigan. A
fog set in around Wrigley Field and grew thicker as the game
progressed.

Berg took over for Casey Coleman (2-4) during the Mets’ five-run
second inning. Berg came in with runners on second and third and
threw 12 pitches _ all balls. His three walks forced home two runs.
Gee (4-0) walked two while allowing four runs in the first, but
bounced back to throw five scoreless innings and retire 16 of the
last 18 batters he faced.

Carlos Beltran doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in two
more for the Mets. Beltran and Murphy hit two-run doubles in the
big second off Coleman and Berg.

Both starters were coming off spotless outings, but faltered in
the long early innings, bad news for teams racing against storms
moving into the Chicago area.

After throwing 7 2-3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball against
Washington his last time out, Gee put himself in trouble in the
first and gave up two-run doubles to Reed Johnson and Alfonso
Soriano.

If Coleman’s 5 2-3 shutout innings at Florida last Saturday
marked one of his best career outings, this was one of his worst.
Jason Pridie and Ruben Tejada singled to open the second and
Jose Reyes and Josh Thole hit one-out singles.

Beltran, whose .398 career average at Wrigley entering the game
was the highest of all active players, hit a tying double _ Thole
would have scored on the hit, too, but fell down rounding third and
had to scramble back to the bag.

Beltran’s hit chased Coleman, who was charged with six runs,
seven hits and a walk in 1 1-3 innings.

Berg relieved and soon was done. James Russell escaped the
inning by striking out the next two batters, meaning that Berg
wasn’t actually charged with any of the Mets’ runs in the inning,
during which New York turned a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead.

While Coleman wasn’t around to recover from his struggles, Gee
settled down after his early problems. He threw six innings,
allowing four runs and four hits. Gee even drove in a run with a
sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The weather finally caught up with the teams in the top of the
seventh when a steady rain that began in the sixth intensified. The
umpires called for the tarps with two Mets on base, two outs and
Thole at the plate.

Cubs manager Mike Quade apparently didn’t like the timing of the
delay, especially with his team trailing. He charged onto the field
and argued with the umpires for a couple of minutes as the field
was being covered in front of him.
NOTES: Mets 3B David Wright is scheduled to meet with a physical
therapist in New York on Wednesday to discuss next step in his
rehab from a stress fracture in his lower back. Wright hasn’t
played since May 15. … Mets LF Jason Bay was back in lineup after
leaving Tuesday’s game because of tightness in his right calf. …
According to STATS LLC, this marked the first time the Cubs needed
three pitchers (Coleman, Berg and Russell) to make it through the
first two innings of a game since June 29, 1989, vs. San Francisco
(Paul Kilgus, Jeff Pico and Les Lancaster). … The game was called
one pitch before former Chicago Bulls player and current
broadcaster Bill Wennington was set to sing “Take Me Out to the
Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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