The Mets finally got some offense for a change, but the game started with a bizarre episode involving John Maine .

He threw five pitches to the first batter and got pulled from the game. His fastball was at 85 mph, and it looked like something was wrong.

He and Jerry Manuel argued in the dugout. Maine appeared to have wanted to stay in the game.

Raul Valdes was warming up right from the start of the game, so the Mets knew something was wrong with Maine. Valdes did an unbelievable job, going five innings and giving up three runs. You can’t ask for a better long relief job than Valdes did tonight. I was really impressed.

On offense the Mets put up 15 hits and only had three strikeouts. Talk about a turnaround! Jason Bay and Ike Davis both had three hits, and Rod Barajas had a home run, his 10th of the season. David Wright even got in on the act with a bases-clearing double in the first inning.

The Mets head home to face the Yankees this weekend.

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