New York Mets
WHAT IT MEANS: The Jair Jurrjens-Dillon Gee pitching duel materialized, as had been advertised.
Gee departed for pinch-hitter Jason Pridie after the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the game scoreless. Pridie delivered a broken-bat single to right field that scored Josh Thole (2-for-3). Reliever Scott Proctor replaced Jurrjens. Jose Reyes greeted the ex-Yankee and extended his hitting streak to nine games with a three-run triple.
Reyes has a major league-leading 10 triples this season, all at Citi Field.
Jurrjens was charged with a season-high four runs (three earned) as the Mets won, 5-0.
Justin Turner added a sacrifice fly in the five-run frame.
Gee -- who was lifted at 85 pitches -- improved to 6-0, becoming the second rookie in franchise history to open a season with victories in his first six decisions. Jon Matlack opened 6-0 in 1972 en route to the NL Rookie of the Year Award. (One of Matlack’s victories during that span came as a reliever.)
Gee faced his most serious test in the fifth, after Dan Uggla opened the inning with a double to snap an 0-for-13 drought. With two runners in scoring position and two out, Gee retired Martin Prado on a groundout to shortstop to preserve a scoreless tie.
New York Mets
DEEP-SIXED: Jason Bay’s funk continued in his new No. 6 slot in the order. Bay went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Bay did reach on a fielding error by shortstop Alex Gonzalez in what became the five-run seventh. Had Bay successfully been retired on the routine grounder, Jurrjens would have had two out and none on with the game scoreless.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear. He remained at 22 games finished. K-Rod is on track for 61 games finished, six more than the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: Tim Hudson (4-4, 3.75 ERA) opposes R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.39) in Sunday’s 8 p.m. rubber game, which will be televised by ESPN. Hudson is winless in his past four starts. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only three other times in Hudson’s career has he endured a longer winless streak -- five games in 2008, six in 2006 and eight in 2002.