Aaron Heilman started on Sunday for New York and didn't pitch badly, as is his custom at Shea this season, but he did something different this time around – Heilman was tagged with his first home loss of the season.
He scattered seven hits and a walk over 5-2/3 innings, striking out seven, but allowed four runs – three of them on home runs by John Mabry (one on, second inning) and Reggie Sanders (none on, sixth inning).
Mike Cameron continued his torrid hitting, bashing a double and a solo home run off St. Louis starter Matt Morris in three trips. Cameron is batting .452 (14-for-31) in nine games since joining the Mets from the disabled list.
A relief role would not be completely foreign for the 26-year-old righty. Heilman has relieved five times in his professional career, but he compiled nine saves as a closer during his freshman year at Notre Dame.
"I want to be a starter," Heilman told reporters. "I feel that's where I'm most comfortable, and would like to stay in that role. But as I've said before, I want to help the team win, and whatever capacity that is, I'll do."
"It was a fun day now that it's over," Morris told the newspaper. "I build it up to be more than it should be with my family and everything. You don't want to go to dinner with your family after going four innings."
It's unlikely the Mets would deal Cameron to the Yankees, of course – especially not as Cameron continues to rake above the .400 mark – and a report in the Washington Post last week characterized the Mets as uninterested in anything the Orioles could offer (setup man Jorge Julio was mentioned as bait).