The young right hander making his 2nd start pitched 6 solid innings against the hated Phillies and added a home run to boost a sluggish offense. The Mets also got 3 hits from rookie SS Omar Quintanilla in addition to a pinch hit homer from Scott Hairston and then waited through a 64 minute rain storm delay before Hefner could celebrate his first big league victory with a 6-3 win.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, even the torrid Yadier Molina couldn't carry the Cards over the hurdle of a Braves 5 run night against Jake Westbrook. The newly signed catcher tried his best by posting a 4 for 4 night including his eighth homer and drove in 3 runs, running his season total to 32 RBI as St Louis fell 5-4.
The Mets will face the Phils tonight in the rubber game while the Redbirds look to take the series in Atlanta before the 2 clubs meet in a four game weekend wrap around series in New York