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Mets win fifth straight
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Mets 7, Pirates 3
Left-hander Jon Niese got a no-decision in his 2009 debut. (Jim McIsaac/Getty)
A five-run eighth inning led to the Mets' fifth straight victory. Carlos Beltran delivered the go-ahead run and Carlos Delgado hit a three-run blast in the frame to back up a solid outing from Jon Niese, who was called up to make the start.
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Series at a glance:
PIT
Pittsburgh (12-17)
Lost 6
NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 3   NYM
NY Mets (15-13)
Won 5
May 8, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Pittsburgh
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1   3 9 0
NY Mets
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 X   7 13 1
Standings thru 5/8/09  |  Recap: PIT | NYM  |  Gameday  |  Pirates stats  |  Mets stats
Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Morgan, LF 3 1 2 1 1 0 1 .308
Sanchez, F, 2B 5 0 1 1 0 1 5 .316
McLouth, CF 5 0 2 1 0 0 4 .295
LaRoche, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .240
LaRoche, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250
Moss, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .185
Diaz, R, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .294
Bixler, SS 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 .227
Karstens, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Young, D, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .313
  Yates, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Burnett, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Veal, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Hinske, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .229
Totals 35 3 9 3 2 9 17  

a-Struck out for Karstens in the 7th. b-Walked for Veal in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: McLouth (3, Niese), Bixler (3, Green, S).
TB: Sanchez, F; Bixler 3; LaRoche; McLouth 3; LaRoche; Morgan 2.
RBI: Morgan (13), McLouth (19), Sanchez, F (11).
2-out RBI: McLouth; Sanchez, F.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRoche; Sanchez, F; Diaz, R; McLouth 2.
SAC: Karstens.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Morgan (8, 2nd base off Niese/Santos, O).
CS: Morgan (4, 2nd base by Niese/Santos, O).

FIELDING
PB: Diaz, R (1).
DP: (LaRoche).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 4 2 2 0 1 0 2 .254
Castillo, L, 2B 4 2 2 0 1 0 4 .319
Beltran, CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .377
Delgado, 1B 4 1 3 5 0 1 0 .294
Wright, D, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .302
Murphy, Dn, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .311
  Reed, J, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Santos, O, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .257
Church, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .264
Niese, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500
  Green, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Takahashi, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Cora, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .313
  Parnell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Sheffield, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .158
  Putz, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 7 13 7 3 4 15  

a-Singled for Takahashi in the 7th. b-Walked for Parnell in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Murphy, Dn (4, Burnett, S).
HR: Delgado (4, 8th inning off Burnett, S, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Santos, O; Church; Reyes 2; Delgado 6; Niese; Cora; Beltran; Castillo, L 2; Murphy, Dn 2.
RBI: Delgado 5 (23), Beltran (21), Santos, O (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castillo, L 2.
Team RISP: 5-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes (8, 2nd base off Karstens/Diaz, R), Castillo, L (2, 2nd base off Karstens/Diaz, R).
CS: Cora (1, 2nd base by Yates/Diaz, R).

FIELDING
E: Reyes (4, fielding).

 
Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Karstens 6.0 7 2 2 0 3 0 5.19
Yates (L, 0-2) 1.0 3 3 3 1 1 0 8.71
Burnett, S 0.2 3 2 2 1 0 1 3.29
Veal 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.15
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niese 6.0 7 2 2 0 5 0 3.00
Green, S 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 8.31
Takahashi 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Parnell (W, 1-0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.29
Putz 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.71

Yates pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

WP: Burnett, S.
HBP: Morgan (by Green, S).
Pitches-strikes: Karstens 87-55, Yates 25-14, Burnett, S 32-17, Veal 10-4, Niese 95-67, Green, S 11-7, Takahashi 1-1, Parnell 16-12, Putz 29-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Karstens 5-3, Yates 0-0, Burnett, S 1-1, Veal 0-1, Niese 8-3, Green, S 0-1, Takahashi 1-0, Parnell 0-0, Putz 1-1.
Batters faced: Karstens 24, Yates 6, Burnett, S 6, Veal 2, Niese 25, Green, S 4, Takahashi 1, Parnell 3, Putz 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Burnett, S 2-2, Veal 2-0, Takahashi 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Tony Randazzo. 2B: Chris Guccione. 3B: Ed Montague.
Weather: 68 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 16 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:13.
Att: 38,496.
Venue: Citi Field.
May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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