It was obvious Pedro Martinez didn't have his best stuff Saturday, flipping fastballs that barely reached 87 MPH and snapping off curveballs that were less than knee-buckling.
In the end, it also didn't matter. Martinez battled through one of his worst starts of the year, tying a season-high by giving up five runs on eight hits through seven innings – long enough for the Mets to rally from behind, defeating the Dodgers 7-5 at Shea Stadium and giving Martinez his 12th win of the year.
The Mets have now won five of six entering Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers, after sweeping the San Diego Padres earlier this week, and are three games above .500 at 50-47.
With the Mets stealing five bases on the afternoon against former Met Jason Phillips, Jose Reyes was in the middle of the disruption. Reyes stole two of the five bases and contributed four hits, tying a career high, with three runs scored.
Reyes also added his major league leading 10th triple in the seventh inning, plating two runs to tie the game, and plated the Mets' go-ahead run in the eighth on Carlos Beltran's hit.
"I'd pay more than $50, more than $100 to see him play," Martinez told reporters. "I'd get the best seat in the stadium if I can. It doesn't matter how much it is. I'll pay that price."
Daubach reports: Brian Daubach, designated for assignment by the Mets on July 16, has agreed to report to Triple-A Norfolk. He hit just .120 (3-for-25) in 15 games with the Mets.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Brian Bannister took his first loss at the Triple-A level, allowing four runs and nine hits in a seven-inning performance as the Richmond Braves defeated the Tides Saturday, 4-2. Bannister (1-1) struck out eight and walked none in the performance, a more suitable pitching line after a debut in which he walked a season-high five at Ottawa on July 18. Rodney Nye hit his seven homer for Norfolk, a solo blast in the second inning.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Bowie's Brandon Fahey touched Luz Portobanco for a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th Saturday, leading the BaySox past Binghamton, 5-4. Orlando Roman turned in a solid effort in a no-decision, allowing a run on six hits over six innings, while Brett Harper hit his sixth home run and collected two RBI for Binghamton in the loss. Mike Jacobs also drove in a pair of runs, giving him 69 on the year – third in the Eastern League.
SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: St. Lucie went quietly on Saturday, managing just four hits in a 4-2 loss to Vero Beach. Greg Belson (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits in a three-inning start. Grant Psomas went 0-for-3 with an RBI in his third game after being promoted from Single-A Hagerstown.
SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Brandon Nall allowed five runs and six hits in 3-2/3 innings, walking five, as the Suns fell to Lake County Saturday, 6-3. Ambiorix Concepcion had two hits in four trips for Hagerstown, raising his average to .236.
SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: The Cyclones staked Jeff Landing to a 5-0 lead after two innings Saturday and the righthander made it hold up, earning his second win since joining Brooklyn. Landing (2-4) allowed two runs and two hits the rest of the way, striking out two in a seven-inning performance as the Cyclones defeated Jamestown, 6-2. Jesus Gamero went 2-for-4 with three RBI fort Brooklyn.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: The K-Mets collapsed in the ninth inning Saturday, as Johnson City rallied for six runs and an 11-9 victory. The damage came against reliever Ryan Heil, who was charged with all six runs.
Cory Wells was Kingsport's offensive star, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, home run and four RBI. Designated hitter Josh Wabick also added a 3-for-4 day with three runs scored and two doubles.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE GULF COAST: Junior Contreras and Courtney Billingslea homered Saturday, leading the GCL Mets past the GCL Dodgers, 6-4. Emmanuel Garcia and Parris Austin each had three hits in the victory, contributing to the Mets' 12-hit attack. Robert Manuel earned his third win with 5-2/3 innings of relief, following an inning of work from Jake Joseph.