Mets 5, Rays 3

Posted: June 20, 2009 in Odds and Sods

The Mets rebounded from a tough loss Thursday night with tonight’s 5-3 win over the Rays.
Fernando Nieve had a second straight impressive start (who knew?), tossing six innings and allowing just one run.
Brian Schneider, always a source of power, ripped a three-run homer off Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine to give the Mets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
However, in typical Mets fashion, things got interesting in the late innings.
Bobby Parnell has come back to earth after an impressive start. He allowed the first two runners to reach in the seventh, and just when it looked like he would wriggle out of the jam, B.J. Upton ripped a two-out, two-run double to close the gap to 4-3.
Sean Green made Mets fans reach for the Rolaids in the eighth, giving up a double to Carlos Pena and walk to Ben Zobrist before fanning Jason Bartlett and Gabe Gross to end the threat.

Ryan Church stepped up with a key two-out RBI single in the eighth to give the Mets breathing room, and Frankie Rodriguez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to shake off last night’s rare hiccup.
Weather permitting, the Mets take on the Rays Saturday afternoon with Johan Santana trying to bounce back from his worst-ever start. He’ll face James Shields.
As always, let’s go Mets!

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