Author: Paul Zinn
Keys to the game:
Carlos Beltran (2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI) hit his first two home runs of the season, the first a two-run shot that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first, and the second a solo blast that tied the game for New York, 3-3, in the fourth.
Ike Davis' triple in the sixth scored both Beltran and David Wright after Jerry Hairston Jr. misplayed a fly ball to give the Mets a 5-4 lead they wouldn't reliinquish.
Daniel Murphy added a run-scoring single in the sixth that padded the lead, and then Jose Reyes broke things open with a two-run double in the eighth.
Mets pitcher Chris Capuano (1-0) allowed two home runs for four runs in six innings, while giving up seven hits and striking out eight.
Taylor Buchholz, Bobby Parnell and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch three scoreless innings, with Rodriguez recording a four-out safe.
The Mets will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 p.m. when Chris Young (1-0) faces Jason Marquis (0-0).
Notes: It was great to see Beltran hit the ball well, and his knock was the one Jerry Hairston Jr. misplayed, which was also nearly a home run. This was a game the Mets really needed to win, and after falling behind early, they got some clutch hits. Tomorrow's contest will be an important early-season rubber game in the team's first Citi Field series.