One of the reasons Joe Blanton finished last season with a 4.82 ERA was his propensity for giving up a big inning.
Blanton allowed at least three runs in an inning in 13 of his 28 starts.
The fifth inning was where things unravelled against the Mets on Wednesday night.
After Blanton struck out Daniel Murphy to start the frame, seven straight batters reached base: Jose Reyes on a double, Willie Harris on a walk, David Wright and Carlos Beltran on RBI singles up the middle, Angel Pagan on a single to left field, Ike Davis on a two-run double, and Brad Emaus on a walk.
By the time Charlie Manuel removed Blanton from the game, the Mets had the bases loaded with one out and had cut their deficit to 7-6. After lefty Antonio Bastardo struck out Josh Thole, he allowed a Daniel Murphy cue shot to left field that tied the game, then got Reyes out to end the inning.
The final toll: 30 pitches, 11 batters, six hits, five runs.
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