New York Mets defeat Cincinnati Reds, 9-7

As the rest of the Mets quickly packed up and headed for the All-Star break, Mike Pelfrey seemed to be in no rush.

There was no mad dash to the airport and no plane to catch, leaving ample time to stand and chat Sunday.

"I'm staying here," Pelfrey said of his plans for the next three days. "I have a birthing class and a hospital visit with my wife and we also have a doctor's appointment in there."

Pelfrey and his new bride, Angela, are five weeks away from becoming p...

Fernando Tatis had no idea what was - or was not - happening. He had just hit a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Mets' 9-7 win over the Reds on Sunday. Less than 30 seconds after the ball sailed over the left-field wall, the cheers of Mets fans turned to boos.

Tatis returned to the dugout baffled by the boos before he was told the reason: the Apple hadn't popped up to celebrate his home run.

"That was weird," said Tatis, whose homer came ...

That figures. Just when the Mets finally string together two victories, they have to take a three-day respite for the All-Star break.

Some restful wound-licking, of course, is greatly welcomed and long overdue for the injury-ravaged Mets, who concluded the first half Sunday with a rare offensive outburst before holding on for a 9-7 win over the Reds at Citi Field.

"This has been about the toughest first half that I've been a part of. I don't think I've ever been a pa...

Most of the Mets will take the next few days to recharge from an injury-riddled first half, but two of their banged-up stars will continue working in Florida.

The Mets were encouraged by some positive injury news from Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado before Sunday's 9-7 victory over the Reds.

Both players made it through running and agility drills in one piece before the game, and Delgado also took his first batting practice in an indoor cage since having hip surgery. N...