Mets Notes & Quotes: Swingin' in the rain

New York Mets Notes & Quotes for Tuesday, May 10:

Last Game: Mets 7, Cubs 4. The Mets overcame two rain delays and a late Chicago comeback, riding Doug Mientkiewicz's eighth-inning home run – his sixth of the year – and a ninth-inning run-scoring hit to their fifth win in six games.

Mike Piazza got the Mets out to an early lead with a long three-run homer off of Cubs starter Jon Leicester, supporting resurgent righthander Aaron Heilman.

With a crew of supporters and friends from Notre Dame University filling the stands at Wrigley Field, Heilman continued his progress back onto the Mets' radar map, holding the Cubs to two runs and five hits over 5.1 innings, striking out four.

The Cubs rallied late against Dae-Sung Koo, with former Met Jeromy Burnitz lining an RBI single and Michael Barrett homering. Mike DeJean (2-1) picked up the win in relief, and Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

The Mets improved to 18-15.

Notes, Quotes

  • Pedro Martinez has an extra day of rest on tap, with the Mets announcing yesterday that Martinez will be shuffled back to Saturday against St. Louis. That will place Martinez on track to pitch in the series opener against the Yankees on May 20.

    Meanwhile, Kaz Ishii (strained left lat) threw a simulated game Monday and, while there is no set date for the left-hander's recovery, he appears to be progressing.

  • Time Warner Cable and Cablevision finally settled their two-month-old dispute that blacked out 21 games for 2.4 million subscribers.

    On Deck

  • Kris Benson (0-0, 3.86) makes his second start since coming off the disabled list Tuesday, taking the mound against Greg Maddux (1-1, 4.50). First pitch is 8:05 p.m.

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