New York Mets defeat Chicago Cubs, 6-1

A taxing weekend in St. Louis had all the makings for a disaster when the Mets returned to Flushing to begin a 10-game home stand Monday night, coming off their 20-inning marathon Saturday and Sunday's late-night start.

But any signs of lethargy were extinguished when rookie lefthander Jon Niese pitched 5-2/3 quality innings and center fielder Angel Pagan socked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, part of a five-run frame that iced the 6-1 victory.

"A bi...

It was a better vibe and a better result Monday night at Citi Field.

The Mets and their fans got a jolt of energy even before Monday night’s game against the Cubs with news of the call-up of prized minor league prospect Ike Davis. Then Davis, Angel Pagan and Jason Bay converted it into victory by keying a five-run seventh as the Mets prevailed 6-1 before 27,940.

Pagan broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run. Bay added a run-scoring double to make it 4-1 and Davis had...

NEW YORK -- Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen?

If not that, then how about Zambrano batting cleanup?

Maybe it hasn't come to that yet. But it's got to be tempting for manager Lou Piniella, whose wheels are already in full-speed motion as he shuffles his lineup to squeeze out more than two runs a game (winding up with one) and mulls the pitching moves he'll make to try to get some reliable late-inning relief when Ted Lilly returns from the disabled list.

Lilly, who lo...