WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets’ two-game skid is over, thanks to a 5-2 victory in Philadelphia in their first road game of the season.
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BAY WATCH: Jason Bay had no RBIs in spring training. Zero. And he drove in one run on the Mets’ season-opening six-game homestand.
He finally delivered Friday night.
Bay produced a two-run homer in a three-run first inning against Phillies ace Cliff Lee. Scott Hairston then had a solo homer in the fifth, as the Mets took a 4-1 lead.
Bay's last homer: Sept. 8, 2011, off Atlanta southpaw Mike Minor. Before going deep, Bay had a 17-start homerless drought -- the 10th-longest streak of his career. He also recorded his second outfield assist of the young season Friday, retiring John Mayberry Jr. trying to stretch a hit into a double in the second inning.
Lee’s final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
The southpaw had entered with a 0.97 ERA over his last 11 regular-season starts, during which he had not allowed more than two earned runs in any game. The last time Lee had yielded three or more earned runs in a regular-season game: July 30, 2011 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (He did allow five runs in six innings in a Game 2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in last year’s NLDS.)
Lee had not allowed multiple homers in a game since the Blue Jays took him deep three times in Toronto on July 3, 2011.
STREAKING: R.A. Dickey tossed his 14th straight quality start, the longest active streak in the majors. In a 102-pitch effort, Dickey limited the Phillies to one run, nine hits and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings. The lone damage came on a third-inning solo homer by Freddy Galvis, the first long ball of the Chase Utley fill-in’s major league career.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT? Intentionally or unintentionally, Josh Thole got fooled by Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
After Thole reached on an infield single in the second inning, Dickey bunted toward first base and seemingly sacrificed Thole into scoring position. But as Thole made his way toward second base, Rollins put up his right hand -- either signally to Thole to slow up because there was no play … or to indicate a foul ball if intended more sinisterly.
Thole apparently interpreted the hand gesture as the latter. He began to jog back to first base as if the ball were foul. Rollins motioned for Lee to throw the ball to him. And by the time Thole realized the ball was live, he was a sitting duck and tagged out at first base for a double play.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50), who took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in his first start, opposes Philllies right-hander Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA) at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Before the game, David Wright could land on the disabled list with a fractured right pinkie. That would pave the way for Daniel Murphy to play third base, Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner to share second base and, according to a team source, Josh Satin to be promoted for a bench role. Murphy drove in the game's opening run with a double, but also prolonged the game with a two-out error in the ninth that allowed Philadelphia's second run to score.