Dillon Gee was effective in seven solid innings. The Mets collected 15 hits and got the Pirates bullpen with four late runs to pull away with a 7-3 victory.
The Pirates took an early lead in the second inning. Neil Walker singled and, after Walker was erased on a fielder’s choice from Lyle Overbay, Chris Snyder homered to make it 2-0. But Snyder’s defense allowed New York to tie it in the bottom of the second off of Charlie Morton. Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan started the inning with singles. A ground out from Josh Thole allowed both runners to move up. Jason Pridie whiffed but reached on a passed ball from Snyder that also allowed Murphy to score. Ruben Tejada’s infield single brought home Murphy to tie it up.
After the homer by Snyder, Gee retired 14 of the next 15 Pirate hitters. The Mets piled up hits (three singles in the fourth) against Charlie Morton but were unable to break through again until the fifth inning. In the fifth Justin Turner was HBP with one out. Carlos Beltran, Murphy and Pagan each singled to eventually plate Turner with the go ahead run.
The Pirates managed to tie it in the seventh. Lyle Overbay singled and Snyder followed with one of his own, putting runners on the corners with one out. Ronny Cedeno’s ground ball scored Overbay with the tying run.
That was the end of the happiness. Daniel McCutchen relieved Morton to start the seventh was was uncharacteristically touched. He walked Beltran to lead off the inning. Murphy singled and one out later Thole doubled them both in. Jose Ascanio pitched the eighth and allowed two more runs. He walked pinch hitter Nick Evans to start the frame. Turner’s double scored him. Beltran singled Turner to third and Murphy’s ground ball forced Beltran at second but scored Turner, making it 7-3.
Gee was the winner, moving to 5-0 on the year. He struck out eight and allowed three runs over seven innings. He gave up five hits and walked none. Morton got a no decision. He surrendered eleven hits in six innings and was charged with three runs, but only one was earned. He walked none and whiffed four. McCutchen was the loser in relief.
Not much. Snyder had two hits.
But Snyder’s passed ball in the second allowed two unearned runs to score.
Morton only gave up one earned run but was pounded for eleven hits in six innings.
Bucs struck out ten times and only walked once.
Pittsburgh had just six base runners all game. Three scored. Two were stranded and one was caught stealing.
That was Gee’s second career start against Pittsburgh and first career decision. The eight K’s marks a career high for Gee. His previous best was six.
Morton has no decisions against the Mets in his career.
This was just the third time all year that McCutchen allowed a run.
Angel Pagan is now 5-6 in his career against Morton.