First it was an offensive outburst on Wednesday as the Mets pounded the Cubs for 17 runs, thanks to multi-RBI games by David Wright, Ike Davis, Scott Hairston, and Daniel Murphy.
On Thursday it was a combination of solid pitching and clutch hitting that got it down for New York, as the downed the Dodgers 3-2 in LA to start a crucial four game series.
Wright, who had five RBI on Wednesday remained hot, lining an RBI single down the left field line to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Then in the fourth, Wright cracked a solo homerun to left center to extend the Mets lead to 2-0.
The Dodgers quickly responded, scratching out two runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI triple by Elian Herrera and an RBI single by Juan Rivera to tie it.
Mets starter Chris Young found a way to get out of the jam, and keep the game tied, when got James Loney to pop out, Scott Van Slyke to fly out, and struck out Adam Kennedy.
Overall, Young was very good, going six and a third innings, giving up six hits, a run and striking out six. He is 2-1 on the year.
The Mets didn't wait long to take the lead back. A double by Andres Torres drove in Mike Nickeaus with the go-ahed run in the fifth. Former Met, Chris Capuano, gave up three runs over seven frames for the Dodgers.
Finally, in the ninth, Bobby Parnell earned his stripes in a big way, overpowering the Dodgers hitters with 96 mph-plus heat to get the save for New York.
The Mets knock the Dodgers out of first place in the West. New York is 41-36, still 3.5 games behind first place Washington.