By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Pelfrey pitched his first complete game in
nearly three years, Carlos Beltran hit a mammoth home run and the
New York Mets handed Dan Haren a rare beating Saturday night in a
6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
National League batting leader Jose Reyes sparked the offense
with his latest big game from the leadoff spot and Jason Bay showed
more signs of breaking out of his season-long slump.
Pelfrey (4-5) gave up five hits in his first win since May 10 at
Colorado. He entered 0-2 in his previous six outings, though he
pitched well in most of those.
The big right-hander struck out five and did not walk a batter
for the third consecutive start. He threw a season-high 123 pitches
in his third career complete game – the last one was Aug. 25, 2008,
The only blemish was Mark Trumbo’s one-out homer in the sixth,
and Pelfrey cruised home from there for New York’s third complete
game of the year.
With the cheering crowd of 31,538 on its feet, Pelfrey retired
Vernon Wells on an infield popup to end it.
Haren (6-5) entered with a 2.54 ERA, third-best in the AL, but
had trouble holding runners in his shortest start of the season and
didn’t get much help from his defense. New York stole four bases
against him and catcher Hank Conger – two by Reyes – while building
a 6-0 lead.
Beltran put the Mets in front with a two-out single in the
third, then hit a two-run homer that chased Haren with nobody out
in the fifth. Bay also had two hits, including an RBI single, and
Reyes scored twice.
The Angels, who have thrived during interleague play the past
few years, especially on the road, lost for the ninth time in 13
Haren gave up seven hits and a season-high six runs in four-plus
With the Mets already leading 3-0, Reyes drew a leadoff walk in
the fifth and stole second.
Justin Turner smacked an RBI single to right and Beltran drove
his 10th homer onto the Shea Bridge, a pedestrian walkway above the
bullpens that sit beyond the right-center fence.
Estimated at 460 feet, it was one of the longest home runs a
Mets player has hit at cavernous Citi Field, which opened in 2009.
When he returned to the dugout, a smiling Beltran got an
enthusiastic greeting from Reyes, and the Mets were on a roll.
NOTES: Asked about a report that Scott Boras is interested in
representing him, Reyes said there’s “no chance” he is changing
agents. The star shortstop, who can become a free agent after the
season, said he’s happy with his current representative, Peter
Greenberg. Reyes said Boras went to Colorado to see him earlier
this year but they never even had a chance to meet. … Mets
manager Terry Collins rested Ruben Tejada, saying the 21-year-old
second baseman looks a little tired. … After a big game Friday
night that included an outstanding catch, speedy CF Peter Bourjos
was on the bench because Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted Bobby
Abreu’s streaking bat back in the lineup. Abreu, the regular DH,
started in LF and Wells was in CF. … 3B Alberto Callaspo (left
hamstring) flied out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He should be
ready to start when the team begins a three-game series Monday at
Florida, Scioscia said. … Scioscia said reliever Fernando Rodney
(upper back strain) should be ready to come off the disabled list
as soon as he’s eligible Friday. … Actress and Mets fan Glenn
Close sang the national anthem. She was at the ballpark raising
awareness for her charity dedicated to mental health issues and
posed for pictures with former Mets stars Tom Seaver, John Franco
and Rusty Staub.
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