WHAT IT MEANS: It took 71 tries, but the Mets finally got a nine-inning complete game from one of their starters this season.
Mike Pelfrey won for the first time since May 10 after limiting the Angels to just one run and five hits over nine innings on Saturday night. He walked none, while striking out five. He threw a season-high 123 pitches.
It was Pelfrey's first nine-inning complete game since June 8, 2010, against Pittsburgh and first complete-game victory since Aug. 25, 2008 versus Houston. R.A. Dickey and Dillon Gee also threw complete games for the Mets this season, but Dickey's was an eight-inning complete game in a losing cause on June 11 in Pittsburgh, while Gee's was a rain-shortened six-inning complete-game victory on May 25 at Chicago.
Pelfrey (4-5, 4.70) came in with an 0-2 record and a 4.42 ERA in his previous six starts, but retired the first nine batters he faced and rolled from there. The 27-year-old carried a shutout into the sixth inning before Mark Trumbo ended it with a one-out, pinch-hit homer.
The Mets also snapped a two-game losing streak and moved within a game of the .500 mark (35-36). Their starters have pitched to a major-league-low 2.46 ERA in their past 23 games.
PAY THE MAN: Is Jose Reyes the best baseball player in New York? If nothing else, he's certainly the most wanted (see Scott Boras). Reyes again electrified the crowd at Citi Field, swiping his 25th and 26th bases of the season. He also singled in the third, scored two runs, and has now hit safely in 19 of his past 22 games.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay continues to be a singles machine. He had two hits on Saturday night, and has had seven one-baggers during his current four-game hitting streak.
BELTRAN'D: Carlos Beltran snapped a 53 at-bat homerless streak when he took Dan Haren deep onto the Shea Bridge in right-center field for a 460-foot two-run shot in the fifth. It was Beltran's first home run since June 2 against Pittsburgh. He now has 10 homers on the season.
DON'T RISP: The Mets were in the midst of a 6-for-35 slump with runners in scoring position before Beltran knocked home Reyes with a third-inning RBI single. They finished 3-for-9 with RISP on Saturday night.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez remained at 27 games finished. He is on pace for 62 games finished, seven more than the threshold he needs for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
UP NEXT: Jonathon Niese (6-5, 3.46 ERA) opposes Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.20) on Sunday afternoon as the Mets and Angels wrap up their three-game interleague series.