7,511: Mets’ 10-1 win makes it six in a row

A perfect 10

Strong pitching and a big inning proved to be a successful formula again as the New York Mets topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 during a Saturday afternoon game at Citi Field for the club’s sixth straight victory.

And with the Phillies’ loss to Atlanta Saturday, the Mets are now atop the National League East division by a half-game.

The Mets broke out with six singles in the bottom of the fourth inning to score five runs for a 6-0 lead. Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and a run scored, and Carlos Beltran and Fernando Tatis each had two hits and an RBI. David Wright was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

John Maine threw six innings of three-hit ball, giving up just one run while waking two and striking out three. The Pirates’ sole run came in the fifth inning when starting pitcher Paul Maholm led off the inning with a homer to deep right.

Maine lost his no-hitter in the first inning when Freddy Sanchez singled to left, making it 7,511 New York Mets games without a no-hitter.

What was my Fox affiliate showing while the network tied up exclusive Saturday afternoon Major League Baseball rights from the MLB Extra Innings package? “Scrubs,” “My Wife and Kids,” “TMZ” and “This Week in Baseball.” Thanks again, Fox.

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