Pitchers, especially those in the American League or those who have spent most of their careers in the American League, aren't known for hitting prowess.
Chicago Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman falls in that category.
But Feldman showed he can deliver at the plate as well as the on mound on Saturday afternoon as he led the Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets.
Feldman tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings and added a two-run double as the Cubs evened their series at 1-1 with the New York Mets heading into Sunday's rubber match.
"It's always fun to get a hit and help score some runs," said Feldman, who spent eight seasons with the Texas Rangers before joining the Cubs this year. "When we (pitchers) get in there we have to make the most of it."
But his main task is getting opposing hitters out and Feldman (4-3) delivered in his fourth straight victory.
"His last five starts have been as good as anybody in baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Low stress, deep in games without too many pitches either. He went a long way with (109) pitches."
Anthony Rizzo clubbed his team-leading 10th home run in the fifth while Nate Schierholtz added a solo home run in the eighth.
Mets center fielder Rick Ankiel hit his second home run of the season -- a two-run shot off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon -- with one out in the ninth.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner dropped to 0-5. He worked four innings, gave up four earned runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.
The victory was the fifth in seven games for Chicago while New York saw its two-game winning streak snapped.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Hefner's winless record is deceiving.
"He's kept us in games and if runs don't come, you've got to keep pitching. He knows that," Collins said. "He'll be OK. We'll get him some wins when we start swinging better."
Feldman gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked just one.
Rizzo and Schierholtz each went 2-for-4 and scored two runs as Chicago collected 10 hits off three Mets pitchers.
Daniel Murphy and Ankiel also went 2-for-4 for the Mets. Murphy extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The Mets put runners on second and third with two out in each of the opening two innings but failed to score.
The Cubs threatened with runners at first and third and one out in the second. But Hefner struck out Welington Castillo and Darwin Barney popped to short left to end the threat.
Chicago then loaded the bases with none out in the fourth inning.
Luis Valbuena's sacrifice fly to deep right brought home Rizzo for the game's first run. With runners on first and third, Castillo punched a single to left, scoring Alfonso Soriano.
Feldman then delivered the inning's biggest blow -- a two-run double to right just out of the reach of a sprinting Mike Baxter to score Schierholtz and Castillo to open a 4-0 lead.
"I poorly executed balls with two strikes and gave up two hits and obviously didn't make a good enough pitch to Scott (Feldman)," Hefner said. "It was one bad inning and there's stuff I'd like to get back. But I recognize that and I'll correct it."
Feldman quelled another Mets threat in the fifth. With runners on first and second and one out, the Cub right-hander struck out Murphy and David Wright to close the inning.
Rizzo collected his team-leading 10th homer and 30th RBI in the fifth off reliever Robert Parsons. He lined a 1-0 pitch into the right-field corner seats for a 5-0 Chicago lead.
Schierholtz belted his fifth homer to lead off the eighth and the Cubs tallied twice more in the inning when Barney and Ryan Sweeney scored on a DeJesus' single.