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Patchwork Mets Lineup Beats Pirates

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By MIKE FITZPATRICK  AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Josh Thole hit a tiebreaking double in the
seventh inning and the depleted New York Mets, playing with a
makeshift lineup minus Jose Reyes, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3
on Monday night.

Dillon Gee (5-0) pitched seven solid innings, striking out a
career-high eight in the rookie’s latest impressive outing, and New
York had another productive day at the plate.

The Mets banged out a season-high 17 hits Sunday to prevent a
three-game sweep by Philadelphia, then followed up with 15 against
starter Charlie Morton and the Pirates.

This time, New York did its damage with only three regulars in
the lineup for the opener of a four-game series. Reyes was placed
on the bereavement list earlier in the day and left fielder Jason
Bay was given a planned day off.

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

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