New York made it three wins in a row for the fourth time this season, taking the series opener 7-3 on Friday.
Rookie Jason Roach will make his major league debut when he takes the mound for New York on Saturday. Drafted in the 20th round of the 1997 draft, the 27-year-old right-hander was 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA at Triple-A Norfolk.
“This is great,” said Roach. “This is a good opportunity for me to prove I can pitch and see what I can do.”
Anaheim’s Darin Erstad had singles in his first two at-bats Friday, snapping an 0-for-12 skid since coming off the disabled list on Jun. 9. Erstad also made a diving catch in center field, but the Angels fell to 2-2 on their six-game homestand.
Erstad’s two hits gave him 152 in interleague play, most in the majors.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 14 GB, NL East. Angels - 3rd place, 1 1/2 GB, AL West.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Roach (no record). Roach began his professional career as a third baseman, hitting 39 home runs in his first three minor league seasons. He was converted to a pitcher in 1999.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Ramon Ortiz (6-5, 5.45 ERA). Ortiz has won his last two starts despite allowing nine earned runs over 12 innings. He allowed five runs and six hits over six innings in an 8-5 win at Florida on Sunday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Cliff Floyd, .282 avg., 13 HRs and 39 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 37 runs; Roberto Alomar and Roger Cedeno, 5 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .308 avg. and 57 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 14 HRs and 42 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mets - 4-3. Angels - 6-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - Manager Art Howe is 53-50 in his career against the Angels. … New York announced Friday that RHP Pedro Astacio will have season-ending shoulder surgery. … OF Jeromy Burnitz has five homers and 18 RBIs in 18 games since returning from the disabled list on May 23. Angels - SS David Eckstein started for the first time in seven games Friday. He had been out because of a bone bruise in his left hand. … OF Erstad, a two-time Gold Glove winner, was chosen by the Mets in the 13th round of the 1992 draft. He chose, instead, to attend Nebraska University. … RHP Ortiz is 2-3 with a 5.55 ERA in six starts at home this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 13-19 on the road; Angels - 17-14 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; SS Rey Sanchez (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Astacio (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (side), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Angels - RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.