FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The
New York Mets
called up top prospect
from the minors Wednesday to provide some offensive spark. Maybe they can look to the minors for some bullpen help as well.
hit a two-run homer off
in the eighth inning as the
defeated the Mets, 4-1, and earned a split of their two-game series.
The Mets wasted a strong outing by
, who pitched seven innings but remained winless since June 18. The All-Star allowed one run and five hits, walked one and struck out five. Prior to Thursday, he had lost five straight starts for the first time in his career.
Franco (2-7) walked
with two outs in the eighth before Batista hit his 13th homer of the season to break a 1-1 tie.
"I know I haven't been holding up my end of the bargain," Franco said. "I've been pretty much (horsecrap). I'm speechless. I'll have to look at the film. I know I haven't been getting it done."
"He was working me away and he came inside with a fastball," Batista said.
The veteran lefthander suffered his second loss in three days and was part of the latest bullpen meltdown by the Mets this week. Closer Brandon Looper blew a save Monday against Florida and
allowed a three-run homer to
in Wednesday's win over the Expos.
(2-6) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.
allowed a pair of hits, but struck out three in the ninth for his eighth save.
After an 0-or-4 night in his major league debut on Wednesday, Wright recorded his first major league hit with a one-out double to left field in the fifth, but also booted a ground ball in the first inning for an error.
"I don't even remember going to second. I was gliding around the bases," said Wright, who added a single in the seventh. "But I'd rather have an 0-for-4 and we win."
was walked intentionally but the move backfired when Glavine walked and
delivered an RBI grounder to shortstop for the first run of the game.
tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth with his 18th homer of the season and second in as many nights.
Glavine allowed a pair of singles to open the fourth, but the Expos ran themselves out a rally when Batista struck out and Chavez was thrown out trying to steal third to complete the double play.
"I can't let what is happening to creep into my head and dictate what I'm doing," Glavine said.
, activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, allowed one run and six hits in six innings.
The Mets wasted a leadoff triple by Kaz Matsui in the fourth when Day retired the next three batters. Matsui had three hits, tying a career high.
Thursday's game completed a six-city, 25-game journey for the Expos that included stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New York. They are 10-15 since their last game at Olympic Stadium, where they will play Florida on Friday night.
"We might have to take some extra hitting to get used to the background at Olympic Stadium," Wilkerson joked. "I'm glad this trip is over."