Recker has career day at plate in finale

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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.