Jose Valverde blew a three-run lead in the ninth, but Anthony Recker hit a home run in the 13th inning to put the Mets over the Angels, 7-6, in Los Angeles on Saturday night >> Read a full AP recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.
Need to Know: Jose Valverde was one out from ending the game, but gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez that pushed the game to extra innings. Anthony Recker hit a solo home run in the 13th inning to break the tie.
Scott Rice, Gonzalez Germen and John Lannan pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
Jon Niese looked strong in his second start since being activated from the disabled list. He threw 96 pitches, let up three hits, including two home runs, while striking out five.
The Mets rallied from behind to score three runs in the seventh inning, then added two runs in the ninth for insurance.
Lucas Duda hit his third home run of the season. He has six hits all year. Omar Quintanilla and Anthony Recker drove in runs with their first hits of the season. The Mets 6-9 hitters (Duda, Juan Lagares, Recker and Quintanilla) had nine hits and all seven RBI.
Reaction from Matthew Cerrone: Valverde has been effective all year. But, you can only put runners on base so often before eventually it bites you. Tonight, it bit him. He put a 1-0 fastball down and in and Raul Ibanez scooped it up and out to tie the game.
Outstanding job by Niese. The bullpen was looked a bit taxed. He gave them a break pitching in to the eighth inning, despite this being just his second start of the year. He looked to be using a lower arm angle. I hope this is by design, in an effort to change his mechanics a bit in response to some of the elbow, shoulder issues he has been experiencing during the last 12 month. In either case, he’s looked very good in both of his starts this year. It would great to get the win Sunday and head to Arizona at .500. Fingers crossed…
What’s Next: The Mets (5-6) conclude their three-game series in Los Angeles with the Angels (5-6) on Sunday at 7 pm ET. Bartolo Colon (1-0, 2.08 ERA) starts for the Mets, CJ Wilson (1-1, 4.61 ERA) starts for the Angels.