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Recker has career day at plate in finale

NEW YORK -- Anthony Recker's Sunday didn't get off to the most orthodox start -- he entered as a ninth-inning pinch runner for fellow catcher Juan Centeno -- but by night's end it was one he'll remember for a while.

He got the start in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the D-backs at Citi Field and went 4-for-4 with a double. The only run he scored put the Mets on top for good in their 4-2 win.

"The baseball gods were good to me," Recker said. "They gave me a couple of knocks. I'll take it."

The four hits are a career high for Recker, and it's the first time he's had that many in a single game at any level since he went 4-for-5 on Aug. 11, 2010 for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

Recker has started seven of the team's 11 games since Travis d'Arnaud went down with a concussion, splitting time with Centeno. His four base knocks Sunday improved his average on the season from .194 to .242.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for
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