Pelfrey pulled to keep K-Rod sharp

Manuel gives closer work despite stellar outing from in-form right-hander

Updated: June 2, 2010, 9:03 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

SAN DIEGO -- Only one thing stopped Jerry Manuel from allowing Mike Pelfrey to attempt his third career complete game: The New York Mets' manager felt obligated to get closer Francisco Rodriguez work in a save opportunity.

So Pelfrey departed after allowing one run on four hits and two walks in eight innings, while matching a career high with eight strikeouts. The Mets ultimately beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Tuesday at Petco Park as David Wright and Ike Davis each homered and drove in ...

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