Leiter, who was on the DL from May 11-June 6 because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts since his return.
“As long as he’s healthy, we know he’s going to go out there and pitch a great game for us,” manager Art Howe said.
The 38-year-old left-hander beat the Yankees 9-3 on Saturday, allowing three runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings. The nine-run outburst was by far the most support Leiter has received all season. The Mets scored six runs in the fourth inning alone— more runs than they had scored in any of his previous outings.
“When we got the six runs, it does so much for a starting pitcher,” Leiter said. “Every pitch doesn’t seem to be of such major consequence.”
The Mets didn’t back Tom Glavine’s strong six-inning effort Wednesday, losing 2-0.
New York lost for the fifth time in the last seven games.
Dunn, who homered for the third time in as many games, has 23 homers on the season, second only to Philadelphia’s Jim Thome for the major league lead.