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NEW YORK -- Garrett Jones went 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits Friday night and was at the center of a pair of three-run innings by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who cruised to a 7-3 win over the New York Mets in front of 25,123 at Citi Field.

The Pirates (19-16) scored more than four runs in a game for the first time since May 1. The Mets (14-18) scored less than four runs for the fourth time in as many games on this home stand and for the seventh time in their last 10 games overall.

Jones doubled off Shaun Marcum to lead off the second and scored the Pirates' first run. In the fifth, he turned the game into a rout by victimizing Marcum for a three-run, replay-aided homer that extended Pittsburgh's lead to 6-0.

Jones doubled in the seventh to cap off his third three-hit game of the season.

Starling Marte had three singles and an RBI, Pedro Alvarez had two hits and an RBI and Jordy Mercer had two singles and a run scored for the Pirates.

The second inning outburst was more than enough for Wandy Rodriguez, who improved to 3-2 by allowing one run on six hits and no walks in six solid innings. Rodriguez struck out two in a 92-pitch performance.

Jose Contreras allowed two runs in the ninth before Jason Grilli recorded his NL-leading 14th save by retiring the only batter he faced, Ruben Tejada.

Anthony Recker had two hits, including his first homer as a Met. Jordany Valdespin homered in the ninth while Andrew Brown added an RBI single. David Wright and Ike Davis each had two hits.

Marcum (0-3) retired the side in order in the first, third and fourth but failed to get out of the fifth inning for the third time in as many starts this season. He gave up all six runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.

Pittsburgh collected six hits and batted around in a second inning extended by some bad luck and questionable fielding by the Mets. Marcum almost escaped being down just 1-0, but a potential double play comebacker off the bat of Rodriguez knocked off Marcum's glove and slowed down enough so that the Mets could only get the out at second as Alvarez scored.

Marte followed with an apparent inning-ending grounder to shortstop, but Tejada double-clutched and Michael McKenry scored as Marte beat the throw to first.

Marcum retired seven in a row before plunking Marte to start the fifth. Mercer followed with a single and one out later Jones crushed a three-run homer to right. Jones was originally awarded a triple but replays showed the ball clearly landed above the orange home run line.

NOTES: Mets reliever Jeurys Familia was unavailable Friday due to tenderness in his right biceps. Familia last pitched Wednesday against the White Sox, when Terry Collins was alarmed to see Familia's fastball was clocked at 92 mph, 4 mph slower than usual. Collins said that Familia's condition would impact the Mets' decision on injured right-hander Frank Francisco, who has struck out six in five scoreless innings at Single-A St. Lucie as he recovers from right elbow inflammation. General manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday the Mets wanted Francisco to continue rehabbing at a higher level of the minors. ... Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was scheduled to play in his second rehab game at Double-A Altoona, but it was rained out. Walker has been out since April 27 with a lacerated right hand. ... Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton threw a side session at Citi Field Friday. Morton had Tommy John surgery last June and left a rehab start last week with a stiff right shoulder.
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