Mets 11, Rays 2: Jordany Valdespin drove in a career-high four runs and Ike Davis belted a three-run homer as visiting New York recorded its highest-scoring output of the season.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis collected three hits and scored twice and Daniel Murphy added a two-run single for the Mets, who won for just the second time in eight games.
Chris Young (1-0) allowed two runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second start since returning from capsule surgery on his right shoulder. Five relievers kept Tampa Bay hitless the rest of the way.
With the Rays nursing a 2-1 lead, New York put together three consecutive two-out hits in the fifth inning. Valdespin deposited a belt-high fastball from Alex Cobb (2-3) into shallow left field to plate Omar Quintanilla and Nieuwenhuis.
After the Mets made two quick outs to start the seventh inning, Nieuwenhuis walked and Valdespin brought him home with an RBI double down the right-field line. Murphy added a two-run single before Davis belted a three-run shot for his first homer since May 11 to cap the six-run uprising.
Matt Joyce had three hits and Hideki Matsui celebrated his 38th birthday with an RBI single for the Rays, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Valdespin entered the contest with six career RBIs. ... The Mets' previous season high was 10 runs in a win over National League East rival Philadelphia on May 9. ... Matsui has played eight times on his birthday, collecting 11 RBIs. ... Tampa Bay has won five of the last eight meetings between the clubs. ... Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup with a bruised right hand. X-rays were negative for Zobrist, who was replaced by Will Rhymes.