By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Chris Capuano pitched six scoreless innings
before leaving with a tweak on his right side, Jose Reyes took
advantage of Oakland’s shaky new first basemen and the New York
Mets beat the Athletics 4-1 on a dreary Thursday.
After the start of the game was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 15
minutes, the Mets won their second in a row. They beat the A’s on
Wednesday night in a rain-interrupted game that took 13 innings and
ended after midnight.
Capuano (6-7) shut down the A’s on five hits without a walk and
struck out seven. He left with discomfort in his abdomen and Pedro
Beato relieved to begin the seventh. Francisco Rodriguez closed for
his 20th save in 23 chances, a day after blowing a ninth-inning
Reyes hit a pair of RBI singles and also scored a run. The Mets,
however, got a lot of help from Oakland’s fielders.
The Athletics sent slumping first baseman Daric Barton down to
Triple-A on Wednesday, leaving themselves short at the position.
Longtime second baseman Mark Ellis shifted over for his first
career start there, and his inexperience at first base showed.
The speedy Reyes opened the fifth with a grounder and Ellis
ranged much too far to his right, missing the ball and leaving the
bag uncovered. Second baseman Jemile Weeks made a clean pickup, but
zipped a throw past pitcher Graham Godfrey (1-1) for an error. A
sacrifice set up Daniel Murphy’s RBI single with two outs for a 3-0
In the sixth, the A’s made a double-switch and inserted Chris
Carter at first base– a highly touted minor leaguer, he was
promoted from Triple-A Sacramento and arrived at Citi Field in
midmorning after an all-night flight from the West.
Carter’s first play was a foul popup by Reyes with two outs that
he dropped near the stands for an error. Carter may have been
preoccupied by Weeks coming over, too. Reyes, the NL’s top hitter,
slapped the next pitch from Craig Breslow for an RBI single.
Coco Crisp had a sacrifice fly in the Oakland eighth.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second. Capuano grounded into a
double play with the bases loaded and Reyes hit an RBI single.<
NOTES: Justin Turner was hit in the left thigh by Godfrey in the
first inning. Turner was plunked in nearly the same spot with two
outs and the bases loaded in the 13th inning Wednesday night,
ending the game. … Capuano has not given up a first-inning run in
14 starts this year. … Hideki Matsui sat out for the A’s.
Normally a DH, he played the outfield for the first time this
season and did quite well in the opening two games of the series.
He’s likely to start twice in the outfield this weekend at
Philadelphia. … The A’s put OF Josh Willingham, who leads the
team in homers and RBIs, on the DL because of a strained left
Achilles’. Carter was promoted _ he caught a ride from Tucson to
Phoenix on Wednesday night, then took a redeye flight that was
delayed. He got to New York around 8:45 a.m. … Mike Pelfrey makes
his first start against the Rangers when the Mets open a weekend
series at Texas. … The Mets rewarded fans who sat through the
rain delay with a free ticket for the Aug. 11 game vs. San Diego.
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