Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/13/12

The New York Mets ended a three-game losing streak, scoring a season high eleven runs against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night:

Chris Young started for the Mets, allowing two runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings of work:

In his second start since shoulder surgery, Young tossed 106 pitches (72 for strikes) while striking out four en route to his first victory of 2012 campaign.  Following a walk to Carlos Pena, Young allowed three consecutive singles – including a RBI single to Hideki Matsui – and a sacrifice fly to Will Rhymes before settling down to toss 4 2/3 scoreless frames.  The lanky right-hander allowed a base runner in each of those frames but managed to work his way out of trouble.  His most impressive inning came in the bottom of the third after BJ Upton and Matt Joyce got things started with back-to-back singles.  Young induced Matsui to fly out to right before fanning the next two batters to end the Tampa Bay threat. Following the victory, Young told reporters he was encouraged with his performance, saying:

My command got better, the life of the ball got better, everything felt a lot better as I went along. It was a positive sign.”

I AM THE MAN RIGHT NOW: Jordany Valdespin had a career high four runs batted in during a 2-for-5 effort.  Valdespin delivered a two-run single in the top half of the fifth to give NY a 3-2 lead and later extended the Mets lead, 4-2 with an RBI double to plate Omar Quintailla — who singled to left before advancing to third on a opposite field double off the bat of Kirk Nieuwenhuis — in the seventh.

SIX-RUN SEVENTH: The Mets broke the game open in the top of the seventh innings, scoring six-runs on four hits — all of which came with two-outs — highlighted by an Ike Davis three-run bomb.  After two quick outs to start the frame, captian Kirk worked a six-pitch walk to keep the inning alive. And NY took full advantage.  Valdespin followed the two-out walk by drilling a 2-1 fastball down the right field line to score the innings first run. After a David Wright intentional walk, Lucas Duda stepped to the plate prompting Rays manager Joe Maddon to call upon lefty reliever Joe Howell.  With the count full, Duda tapped a slow roller down the third base line to extend the inning and load the bases for Daniel Murphy. Murphy, who was hit-less in three at-bats and just 1-for-his-last-11, delivered a two-run single into shallow centerfield to give NY a 6-2 lead.  Davis followed the Murphy blooper by drilling a laser into the rightfield seats to cap off the six run inning.

“Obviously it’s a great relief,” Davis told reporters about his three-run bomb. “Hitting a home run is a great feeling. Period. That’s why a lot of people play the game. It’s like a drug. Every time I get on base I feel, like, a relief. So it was nice.”

OH-BAY: Jason Bay was hit-less in five at-bats on Tuesday night and is now hit-less in 16 at-bats since returning from the disabled list last Wednesday.

LETS DO IT AGAIN TOMORROW: R.A. Dickey will take the hill tomorrow for NY in hopes of extending his 24 2/3-inning scoreless streak; which is seven scoreless innings shy of matching Jerry Koosman’s franchise record. He will oppose David Price (8-3, 2.40 ERA).

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