No-hit through five innings by Dodgers rookie Rubby De La Rosa, the Mets broke through when Ruben Tejada opened the sixth with a single and Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy delivered RBI doubles. The Mets ultimately won, 5-2, to move a game over .500.
"I think it took five innings to shake the flight," Jason Bay said about the cross-country haul from New York to L.A. "We kind of came out listless. It just was kind of quiet. You can kind of tell that everybody wanted to get things going, but everybody was kind of waiting for something. And then, all of a sudden, Ruben gets that hit."
Tuesday's news reports:
• Jose Reyes should test his strained left hamstring before Tuesday's game by running. But mindful of his 2009 false starts that made a mild hamstring injury worse, Reyes pledged to be more conversative in deciding when to return to the lineup. The Mets are content playing shorthanded for a few days to judge Reyes' progress, rather than immediately put him on the DL and commit to losing his services for 15 days. Read more in the Journal, Record, Newsday, Post and Star-Ledger.
• Johan Santana tossed his second bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., since renewing throwing off a mound following shoulder discomfort last month. Sandy Alderson said Santana likely will throw another bullpen session Thursday before the organization puts the southpaw on some spring-training-type schedule to ramp up for major league games. David Wright (back) stood in the batters box and tracked pitches as Santana threw, and Alderson now suggests Wright may be in minor league rehab games next week. Ike Davis (ankle) will judge how cartilage damage is healing next week. If the first baseman can comfortably run, he will starting taking further steps toward a return. Otherwise, he may be headed for season-ending surgery (after an outside medical opinion is sought to confirm what Mets doctors advised). Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Post.
• Bay had to laugh at his deja vu moment. In his first game back in Dodger Stadium since the series last July in which he suffered a concussion, Bay caught a fly ball and then took another jolt from the wall. He was in good spirits afterward. Read more in the Times.
BIRTHDAY: Former sidearm reliever Jeff Innis turns 49. Innis, a 13th-round pick of the Mets in 1983 out of the University of Illinois, spent his entire seven-year major league career with the Mets. He compiled a 10-20 record and 3.05 ERA along with five saves in 288 appearances (one start).