The five-time All-Star made a halfhearted attempt at the claw, the high-five-style gesture the New York Mets have adopted when they reach base. Wright looked more comfortable when he swung, and his two RBI doubles Friday helped beat the Florida Marlins 7-6.
“It’s good to be back,” he said. “It’s good to play the game and have fun doing it.”
Wright was activated before the game after being sidelined since May 16 with a back injury. He doubled home the Mets’ first run in the first inning, then put them ahead to stay with a run-scoring double in the eighth. Wright also scored twice.
While he was on the disabled list, the Mets took to the stiff-armed claw, and Wright gave it a try for the first time.
“I don’t want to do it, but they’re kind of making me,” he said. “I feel a little awkward doing it. But it feels good to compete. You miss that. Competing on this level is an adrenaline rush, and when you do well, you get excited. That’s what that was.”
But the Mets had no other complaints about Wright’s return.
“He’s a huge part of this team,” manager Terry Collins said. “To have him come back tonight and contribute right out of the gate is a huge lift. Our guys have been battling all summer, and David has been wanting to be a part of it, and tonight he was a huge part of it.”
Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio(notes) extended his hitting streak to 21 games and later scored from first on a single. But he and Steve Cishek(notes) committed errors that helped the Mets score two unearned runs.
Mike Stanton(notes) hit his 21st homer and Gaby Sanchez(notes) hit his 14th for the Marlins, but they went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Florida starter Chris Volstad(notes) allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings.
The seesaw Marlins fell to 0-4 on their homestand after winning nine of the previous 10 games. They’re 21-30 at home this season.
The right-hander gave up both homers and has allowed 18 this season.
“That has been a big problem for me this year, and it didn’t get any better tonight,” Pelfrey said. “They were mistakes, and I paid for them.”
“I was happy the way the guys rebounded being down two or three times,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “We had golden opportunities to take the lead, but we just couldn’t get the key hit.”
The crowd of 21,304 included a large contingent of Mets fans, and Wright received a big ovation when he stepped to the plate in the first inning. He responded with an RBI double.
“He definitely makes our team a lot better,” Pelfrey said.
Murphy followed with a run-scoring single, and Angel Pagan(notes) hit a sacrifice fly to put the Mets up 3-0. In the first four games of the Marlins’ homestand, they’ve been outscored 12-1 in the first inning.
Notes: Mets OF Jason Bay(notes) (right hamstring) missed his second game in a row, but is expected back by Sunday, Collins said. … With the trade deadline approaching, McKeon said, “I don’t see any of our guys getting traded.”