PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Chris Capuano pitched seven innings, Jose Reyes homered and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Capuano (5-6) allowed three hits and two walks with five strikeouts to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 2007.
Reyes had three hits for his majors-leading 33rd multi-hit game, homering two pitches after pinch-hitter Scott Hairston also did in the ninth. David Murphy and Angel Pagan went 2 for 4 and Carlos Beltran had a two-run single for New York, which has won six of eight.
Jason Isringhausen and Bobby Parnell each pitched an inning to finish off the shutout, the Mets’ fourth this season.
Kevin Correia (8-5) unraveled late after being perfect through 4 2-3. He missed on a chance to tie for the majors’ lead in victories.
Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Pirates again failed in a chance to reach .500 in June for the first time since 2005.
The game was scoreless through six innings. The Mets scored one in the seventh and four in the eighth.
Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run in the seventh _ though Pittsburgh doubled off Angel Pagan because he didn’t step on second on his way back to first.
The Mets made any potential controversy moot with the help of six consecutive two-out hits in the eighth.
Correia gave up a single to pinch-hitter Willie Harris. Reyes singled and Justin Turner hit an RBI double before Beltran’s two-run single off of Chris Resop. Daniel Moskos came on, and Murphy and Pagan singled. The latter hit drove in pinch-runner Jason Pridie.
Another odd play happened in the bottom of the seventh. Lyle Overbay led off with a fly to the center field wall. Pagan leaped to catch it, but fireworks that typically follow a Pirates home run at PNC Park went off.
It clearly was not a home run _ replays, however, brought into doubt whether Pagan caught the ball or trapped it after it bounced off the wall.
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle came out to argue, and he was ultimately ejected _ by two umpires. Jerry Layne was “credited” with the ejection, as his signal came a moment before Bob Davidson’s.
Correia retired the first 14 batters he faced before Bay’s two-out single through the left side of the infield in the fifth. He ultimately was charged with four runs on seven hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Correia also had the Pirates’ only extra-base hit of the game, a two-out double, in the bottom of that inning.
Capuano, who missed the 2008 and ’09 seasons while going through Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation, retired the final seven batters he faced. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in three
of his past four starts.
Notes: Hairston’s home run, his second, was the Mets’ third pinch-hit homer of the season. … Reyes is 8 for 15 with five runs in the series. Two of his three home runs have come in the past three games. … Pirates INF Josh Harrison was not in the lineup due to tightness in his right oblique. It is not expected to be serious. … McCutchen’s hitting streak is the longest by a Pirates player this season.
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