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Go Ahead, Make My Day

In their history, the Mets have been the beneficiary of a go-ahead hit by pitch on 13 occasions.

* Damion Easley was the first Mets player to have a go-ahead HBP since Jae Seo got one in the fourth inning, against the Cardinals, on May 20, 2004.

* It was the first time that the Mets were recipients of a go-ahead HBP against the Nationals/Expos since none other than Willie Randolph was plunked with the bases loaded in a tie game in the 5th inning on June 9, 1992.

* It was tied for the second-latest into a game that the Mets have been beneficiaries of a go-ahead HBP. The only Met to get hit by a pitch later in a game was Darryl Boston, who got a walk-off HBP in the 13th inning against the Cardinals on April 23, 1992.

* The only other 8th-inning go-ahead HBP in Mets history was by Ken Boswell against the Braves on May 14, 1969. The HBP came as part of an eight-run inning in which the Mets rallied to beat the Braves, 9-3. Damion Easley was born a little more than six months later.

* The Mets went more than 21 years between go-ahead HBP's. The next one after Boswell's was by bases-loaded master Pat Tabler, against the Pirates on October 3, 1990.

* Two pitchers who have thrown perfect games have been the pitchers who gave the Mets the lead by hitting someone with a pitch- Don Larsen (1964) and Dennis Martinez (1991).

* Larsen hit Ron Hunt on July 31, 1964. It marked the first time in team history that the Mets were the beneficiaries of a go-ahead HBP.

True Metplunks know...Damion Easley has been hit by 132 pitches in his MLB career. This was the first time he ever gave his team the lead with an HBP.

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