New York Mets defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3

Francisco Rodriguez could rest Friday night after four saves in four nights.

Carlos Delgado belted a three-run homer in the eighth and had a season-high five RBI and rookie Jon Niese offered a performance worthy of an encore as the Mets won their fifth straight, 7-3, over the Pirates at Citi Field.

The Mets (15-13) remained a half-game behind first-place Philadelphia while moving two games over .500 for the first time since opening the season with consecutive wins in...

Before they took the field against Pittsburgh at Citi Field Friday night, the Mets were hoping to continue to ride a wave of new-found confidence and maintain the same intensity they had generated in their two-game series victories over division rivals Atlanta and Philadelphia this week.

That is not such an easy thing for a team whose toughness had been questioned for the first month of the season and whose bats - with the exception of Carlos Beltran's - have only recen...

Earlier this season, outfield miscues seemed to constantly doom the Mets, but now that they're on a roll, they can even overcome bumbles on fly balls.

On the way to their fifth straight win Friday night, a 7-3 triumph over the Pirates, the Mets endured what could have been a costly flub in the third inning.

On what appeared to be a routine fly by Nate McLouth, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church both went after the ball, but neither caught it.

Beltran overran the ball,...