's eyes lit up. Yes, it's nice to see all those baserunners. Passing
, well, that's pretty cool, too.
Delgado hit a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning and finished with five RBIs, moving past Mantle on the career list
and helping the surging
New York Mets
7-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
''It's a team effort,'' Delgado said. ''We get guys on, we put together good at-bats, put pressure on the opposition and good
plugged a hole in New York's rotation with six effective innings and
had a tiebreaking RBI single for the Mets, who improved to 3-0 on their eight-game homestand.
had two hits and reached base five times for the slumping Pirates, who have lost six straight and 10 of 11 overall. Pittsburgh
also has lost six consecutive road games.
''We've got to stay focused and keep plugging away,'' said Morgan, who has done his part on the road with a .375 average away
from PNC Park this year. ''It's part of our learning situation.''
got the winning rally started with a single to center off
then walked before Beltran sliced a single down the third-base line to give New York a 3-2 lead.
came in for Yates and Delgado greeted him with a drive over the wall in right-center. Delgado's fourth homer gave him 1,512
RBIs, snapping a tie with Mantle for 48th place on the career list.
''It is pretty flattering,'' said a wide-eyed Delgado, who didn't know he had passed the former Yankees star until after the
game, ''so you've just got to hopefully continue and keep adding to the list.''
tacked on an RBI single as New York sent 11 batters to the plate in its second-biggest inning of the season. The Mets scored
six runs in the first against Florida on April 27.
(1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth to earn the win.
New York got a big lift from Niese, who gave up two runs and seven hits. Niese was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo when struggling
went on the disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his right knee. Reliever
was slated to take Perez's turn in the rotation, but the Mets instead opted to give Niese his first start of the season.
The 22-year-old lefty struck out five and walked none, earning another turn in the rotation.
''I thought he kept the ball in play, nice little curveball he showed, so it didn't seem like it bothered him or anxiety was
a problem, anything like that,'' manager
said. ''I thought he did well.''
Niese got a break in the first when Morgan slid past second on a steal attempt and was tagged out before
's base hit into left field. Morgan pounded the bench when he got back to the dugout.
But Niese experienced a little misfortune in the third. Morgan hit a one-out RBI single and moved to second on
's groundout. McLouth then hit a lazy fly that looked like the final out of the inning.
Beltran, a Gold Glove center fielder, and right fielder
each ran into right-center to get the ball but both struggled to find it in the night sky and it landed behind Beltran in
center. Morgan scampered home on McLouth's double to tie it at 2.
''Things happen,'' said Niese, who promptly got
to ground out to end the inning. ''I've made mistakes. Everybody's made mistakes.''
also had to deal with some bad luck. Castillo's well-placed grounder to the right of the mound in the first helped set up
Delgado's two-run single.
''If I would have made a play on that groundball in the first inning, it might have made a difference in the game,'' Karstens
Karstens allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings after going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous two starts.
Notes: Pirates SS
(sprained left middle finger) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night. ... Mets
, who turned 28 on Friday, is scheduled to start the second game of the series against LHP
. ... The Pirates announced that RHP
will have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham,