Mets’ 3-hitter brings them within 1 1/2 of Phils

Mike Pelfrey led the Mets to a 3-hit 7-0 shutout of the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night as New York pulled within 1 1/2 games of the first place Phillies.

The Mets jumped on the board early when Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis also homered in the game. The Mets have now won four straight and appear to be finally showing signs of a streak heading into the All-Star break.

Pelfrey lost his bid for the first New York Mets no-hitter in 7,410 franchise games when Aaron Rowand singled in the first inning. But he earned his seventh victory of the season by giving up just three hits and no walks while striking out five over seven strong innings.

Scott Schoeneweis and Joe Smith successfully finished out the eighth and ninth innings.

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