Mets morning briefing 8.10.11

The Mets overcame a two-run deficit in the final two innings for the second straight night to defeat the Padres, with Angel Pagan's solo homer, Nick Evans' sacrifice fly and Ruben Tejada's bases-loaded walk serving as the eighth-inning scoring plays in Tuesday's 5-4 victory. It marked the first time since 1965 the Mets had won back-to-back games when trailing by two-plus runs in the eighth inning or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Wednesday's news reports:

• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Record, Post, Daily News, Times and Newsday.

Jason Isringhausen moved within one save of No. 300. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Manny Acosta lost half the nail on his right pinkie on a line drive back at him and is likely unavailable Wednesday.

• Pagan, who has told Terry Collins in the past he dislikes batting leadoff, nonetheless has homered in consecutive games since moving to the No. 1 spot in Jose Reyes' absence. Watch Pagan postgame video here.

Ike Davis will stick to the Mets' plan of inactivity on his left ankle for another three and a half weeks after getting an outside opinion Tuesday in Charlotte. Davis intended to go home to Arizona after the exam, and should spend time with the Mets this weekend in Phoenix when they face the Diamondbacks.

Willie Harris and San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson visited Harlem RBI on Tuesday. Read more in Newsday.

• Collins said Whitestone, Queens, native Mike Baxter should get his first major league start on Wednesday. Writes Sam Borden in the Times about Baxter:

On Monday night, only weeks after being claimed off waivers by the Mets and only hours after being called up from Class AAA, Baxter slammed another ball in Queens -- this time a first-pitch sinker from San Diego Padres reliever Chad Qualls -- and his eighth-inning, run-scoring double sparked a five-run Mets rally in a 9-8 victory. For a kid who grew up watching the Mets at Shea Stadium and playing ball at Queens fields like Cunningham and Little Bay Park (that’s the one under the Throgs Neck Bridge), it was as exciting a Citi Field debut as Baxter could have imagined and was made even better by about 50 family and friends, including his parents, watching from the stands.

• The Mets may be only a game over .500, but Post columnist Larry Brooks notes fans like this team. Writes Brooks:

They really like them. The lineup is loaded with the equivalent of seat-fillers, guys who are taking the projected regulars’ spots in the lineup much as individuals are hired at televised award shows like the Oscars to fill the seats of stars who vacate them when other duties call. Guys like Tejada, here because Jose Reyes, the NL’s leading hitter at .336, isn’t. Guys like Evans, here because Daniel Murphy, the NL’s fifth-leading hitter at .320, isn’t. But these Mets are turning woe into whoa!

BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Gerald Williams, whose major league career ended as a Met in 2005, turns 45. ... Outfielder Johnny Lewis, who played 226 games with the Mets from 1965-67, was born on this date in 1939.