PITTSBURGH (AP) -Following a big night on the mound,
New York Mets
gave all the credit to his defense.
Pelfrey pitched seven shutout innings to lead the
New York Mets
to their fourth straight victory, a 2-1 win over the
on Friday night.
But the right-hander received some help.
at home plate in the seventh inning with the Mets leading 2-0.
turned a nifty double play in the second with two runners on by stepping on third base and firing the ball to first baseman
''Beltran's throw was huge,'' Pelfrey said. ''You couldn't ask for a better throw. It was right on the money. David also turned
the big double play. When you know you're guys are going to make plays behind you, it helps.''
had two hits each for the first-place Mets, who started the night a game ahead of the
Pelfrey (11-8), who had a 5.83 ERA in five starts over the past month, was stellar in his first career start against Pittsburgh.
The 24-year-old allowed seven hits and didn't walk a batter.
''He did a good job,'' New York manager
said. ''He got the big outs when he needed them. It's a sign that he's evolving into a quality pitcher. He doesn't panic when
he gets in trouble. He's maturing into the type of pitcher that can get the big outs.''
Pittsburgh hit into two double plays against Pelfrey and wasted leadoff hits in the sixth and seventh inning.
''He was tough on us,'' Pittsburgh manager
Manuel lifted Pelfrey after just 98 pitches. He said it was a move designed to protect Pelfrey, who has pitched 145 innings
in his third professional season after throwing 152 2-3 innings in 2007.
''Because he's in unchartered waters, I want to keep his innings down,'' Manuel said.
Pittsburgh made things interesting against New York's makeshift bullpen.
led off the eighth with a home run against reliever
. The Pirates put two more runners on in the inning against
walked a batter in the ninth, but got Wilson to pop out to end the game for his third save.
The last time Heilman faced the Pirates, the right-hander allowed three runs in the ninth and blew the save in a 7-5 loss
Monday at New York.
''That's the good thing about being a reliever. You're going to get another chance,'' Heilman said. ''It feels good to go
out there and nail down the victory.''
The Mets put their first four runners on base and scored twice in the first inning against
had an RBI single, and
scored on a wild pitch.
''I just left a couple of balls up, and they did what they're supposed to do with them,'' Davis said.
Davis settled down after the first, and at one point retired 13 of 14 hitters. He went seven innings and allowed two runs
and six hits.
The 28-year-old right-hander, who signed with Pittsburgh toward the end of spring training and was called up to the major
leagues on July 27, has given up two earned runs in 13 innings in two starts since joining the rotation. Pittsburgh has lost
''The first few hitters, he wasn't on track,'' Russell said. ''Then he settled down and threw the ball nicely the rest of
the game. He gave us a chance to win the game.''
, in his second game following a stint on the DL, had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost three of four and dropped
a season-low 12 games below .500.
The Pirates offense sputtered for the second straight game. They also scored one run in a loss Cincinnati on Thursday.
''It's obviously disappointing that we're not scoring runs,'' Russell said.
Pittsburgh's offense has struggled to regroup in the weeks following the trades of outfielders
. The Pirates have scored just 25 runs in their past 10 games.
''We just didn't execute tonight,'' Wilson said. ''We've done that the whole year. It's just been lately where we haven't
been able to get the big hit.''
Notes: The Mets won for the fourth time in their past 12 games at PNC Park. ... New York's Nos. 3-9 hitters went 4-for-25.
... The Mets are 12-3 in Pelfrey's past 15 starts. ...
has 50 multi-hit games. He leads the National League with 158 hits. ... Wright has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Pirates 3B
is 5-for-33 since coming over in a deadline-day trade with the
Los Angeles Dodgers
. ... The crowd of 36,418, buoyed by a post-game concert and fireworks, was Pittsburgh's sixth sellout of the season.