New York Mets defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4

Any true Met fan can recite every forgettable loss, even if they choose not to relive the horror of watching their team bungle two straight division leads in September largely because of a recurring inability to beat inferior opponents.

A loss to the Nationals here, a giveaway game against the Pirates there, a coast-job in the finale of a three-game series after winning the first two far too often.

Or, as David Wright termed it, "taking our foot off the gas too much....

The chemistry couldn't be any better in the Mets' clubhouse following seven straight wins and a bump from third to first in the NL East. And Omir Santos has been a big part of it.

The 28-year-old rookie catcher went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Pirates with a pair of crucial RBI, earning a vote of confidence from Jerry Manuel.

Asked how he could possibly send the red-hot Santos back to the minors when Brian Schneider returns from the disabled list, Manuel rep...