By Michael Ventura
DNAinfo Senior Editor
MANHATTAN — The Mets completed their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday to run their win streak to seven games and keep their place atop the National League East standings.
They jumped all over the Dodgers early, scoring four runs in the second inning, in which outfielder Angel Pagan hit a two-run triple, on their way to a 7-3 win.
Amazin's pitcher John Maine threw six innings of two-run ball to get the win.
The Mets have gone 9-1 since calling up rookie sensation Ike Davis, who had two hits and knocked in a run Wednesday at Citi Field. The streak tied a record held by the 1969 and 1988 teams, the New York Post reported.
“I was expecting a good homestand,” outfielder Jeff Francoeur told the New York Times. “But 9-1? Nobody ever expects that. I’ve never gone 9-1. I don’t even think I’ve been 8-2. That is something special. People keep waiting for us to screw up, but we didn’t let up. We kept pouring it on.”
At the start of their recent homestand, the Mets were in last place. But their recent surge has put them a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies in the division, setting up a showdown Friday night when the Mets begin a weekend set in Philly.
"It gives the Mets fans hope at this time of the year," manager Jerry Manuel told the Post. "When we struggled coming out of the gate, people reflect back on things that happened last year. To play the way we have at home is encouraging, not only for the team, but for the fans."