7,443: Strong Pedro outing, early scoring lead Mets to fifth straight win

The Mets again scored early and Pedro Martinez gave his teammates seven strong innings as the Mets won their fifth straight game, topping the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4.

Jose Reyes had a homer and an RBI triple and Ramon Castro hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

Martinez gave up just one run, eight hits and one walk while striking out four. He lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Freddy Sanchez singled to left, making it 7,443 games without a no-hitter.

The Mets’ bullpen again struggled in the ninth. This time it was Eddie Kunz, who gave up two singles, one double, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch for three earned runs. Joe Smith came in to give up an single before Pedro Feliciano got the ball … and the save.

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