WHAT IT MEANS: Miguel Batista has reached the century mark.
The 40-year-old Batista, who was making his first start since a four-pitch, rain-shortened outing on April 22 for St. Louis when the Cardinals used him because of expected inclement weather, threw six innings of two-run ball in his Mets debut on Thursday night en route to recording his 100th career victory.
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Batista (4-2) became the 37th active pitcher to record 100 career victories. This was his first victory as a starter since July 27, 2010, when the 17-year veteran was hurling for the Nationals. He also became the 34th active pitcher to reach 1,200 strikeouts, fanning Burke Badenhop in the fourth. The right-hander finished with three K's on the evening.
The Mets have now won six of their last seven games, and recorded their 3,800th victory in team history. Their bullpen nearly blew a five-run ninth-inning lead, but managed to hang on.
10-AND-3: Batista became the third active pitcher to play for 10 teams after throwing his first pitch on Thursday night. Octavio Dotel (12) and Bruce Chen (10) are the others. Batista has also pitched for the Pirates, Marlins, Cubs, Expos/Nationals, Royals, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Mariners and Cardinals.
COMEBACK: Batista's eight-pitch at-bat leading off the third, which ended in him reaching on an error by shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, led to a four-run frame. Lucas Duda's bases-loaded walk and David Wright's two-run single got the Mets out of an early 2-0 hole and gave them the lead to stay. Duda scored on a passed ball to complete the outburst.
THOLE EXITS: Josh Thole was forced to leave the game in the second after he was struck on the left wrist following a cross-up with Batista. He has a bruised left wrist and will be reevaluated at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Friday. Thole was replaced by Mike Nickeas.
GAMER: Ruben Tejada was drilled in the left forearm by Steve Cishek in the eighth, but remained in the game. Tejada came around to score on Duda's RBI double. He was pulled in favor of Justin Turner at second base in the ninth.
UP NEXT: The Mets kick off a three-game series with the Nationals in DC. R.A. Dickey (6-11, 3.57 ERA) starts in the series opener for New York on Friday night against Washington left-hander Ross Detwiler (2-4, 2.86).