New York Tops Tampa Bay 9-6 - Recap

New York Tops Tampa Bay 9-6 - Recap

Kirk Nieuwenhuis swatted 2 round trippers and drove in 3 runs as his Mets defeated Tampa Bay 9-6 at Tropicana Field.

The Mets were a +116 underdog in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 7.5.

New York got 5 innings from Johan Santana, who gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits, while striking out 6. He earned the victory, while the Mets got 3 RBIs from Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the win.

Tampa Bay got a 3 2/3-inning outing from Jeremy Hellickson in the loss. He gave up 8 earned runs, 1 walk and 9 hits in his time on the mound, while Hideki Matsui had 2 hits in the loss for the Rays.

The battle of the bats favored New York as they had 12 hits, while Tampa Bay only had 8.

Frank Francisco pitched the final 2/3 innings for the save. He struck out 2 and allowed 0 hits in his outing.

Next game, New York takes its act home to face Cincinnati looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head home to face Miami.