McDonald allowed two runs in six innings for the win.

James McDonald wasn't always pretty. But he got the job done. The Mets scored only two runs against him, but they left a lot of men in on. The offense was able to push three runs across as the Pirates pulled within one game of .500.

The Mets got things going in the first. Jose Reyes singled and was gunned down trying to steal second by Wyatt Toregas. Ruben Tejada walked and Carlos Beltran singled, moving Tejada to third. A ground ball out from Daniel Murphy scored Tejada with the first run.

Pittsburgh got that run back in the second. Neil Walker drew a walk and Garrett Jones bopped a one out double that scored him. McDonald gave up a lead off walk to Mets starter R.A. Dickey in the third. He also gave up a single to Tejada, bu...

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