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Mets' Woodward comes through in pinch

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Chris Woodward screamed as he ran toward first base, urging the ball over the fence. The Mets utilityman had no prior experience with a game-ending home run.

"I told it to get up," Woodward said. "I've never done it before. I've got game-winning hits but I never got to run around the bases."

Woodward's pinch-hit homer with one out in the 11th inning gave New York a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. He was greeted at home plate by a bouncing bunch of teammates who patted him on the helmet in rhythm as he touched the plate.

"I've said from day one how important he is to our ballclub," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He's been a gem, as far as I'm concerned."

Woodward, who is hitting .314, homered on an 0-1 pitch off Chris Hammond (5-1) after Mike Piazza, dropped to sixth in the order for the first time since May 12, 1993, singled with one out. It was the second game-ending homer this season for the Mets, who moved above .500 at 47-46. Cliff Floyd hit the first on June 11.

Braden Looper (3-4) pitched two innings for the win.

The NL West-leading Padres dropped to 7-8 in July even though stars Mark Loretta and Phil Nevin returned to the lineup.

"To have that team back out on the field we'll see how it goes now," Padres starter Brian Lawrence said. "We're running out of excuses now that these guys are back."

Cliff Floyd homered off the scoreboard in right-center in the fifth, the Mets first base runner against Lawrence and tying it 1-all. Khalil Greene connected off Kris Benson to open the top of the fifth.

Then the Mets fell flat, leaving seven runners on base after the sixth inning. They had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings but failed to score against the Padres' bullpen.

"When you leave guys out there it gets to be a little bit frustrating," Randolph said, "but you can't think about that as you go along."

In the seventh, Doug Mientkiewicz grounded into a double play, and in the eighth Mike Cameron grounded into a fielder's choice and Carlos Beltran flied out. In the ninth, pinch-hitter Jose Offerman popped out and Miguel Cairo struck out.

Benson allowed five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out four. Three of the hits were by Greene.

"Tonight was the hottest game I ever pitched in as far as sweating," Benson said of the extremely humid night. "You just try to keep the game within reach so the guys can win."

Lawrence had lost three consecutive starts coming in, but he was perfect for the first four innings and his only real mistake was Floyd's 23rd homer.

He was pulled after giving up two hits in the seventh and made a deliberate walk to the Padres dugout, scratching his head. Lawrence gave up five hits, walked none and struck out four.

"Unfortunately, he's pitched well but we haven't done too much for him," Greene said.

Center fielder Dave Roberts helped Lawrence with three catches at the wall in left-center after long runs, each more dangerous than the next. The first came in the third on Floyd's flyball, which he caught just in front of the wall.

In the fourth, Roberts ran down consecutive drives to the same spot in left-center, first running into the wall as he caught Cameron's fly, then sliding into the wall to catch Beltran's fly.

When he came to the plate in the top of the fifth, Roberts was booed by the Shea Stadium crowd of 37,945.

Notes

  • Loretta and Nevin were a combined 1-for-8.
  • The Mets-Cubs game Aug. 7 will start at 8:05 p.m. ET to accommodate national television. It was originally scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start.
  • Mets RHP Steve Trachsel (back surgery) is to make a rehab start Wednesday for Class-A St. Lucie.
  • The Padres don't face an NL West team until they host Colorado Aug. 26-28.
  • Roberts, the Padres leader in stolen bases with 16, was thrown out at second in the eighth inning by Piazza, who has thrown out just eight of 66 runners.
 
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Chris Woodward is greeted by teammates after hitting the game-winning two-run blast in the 11th.  (AP)
Chris Woodward is greeted by teammates after hitting the game-winning two-run blast in the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Woodward
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4000100 .264
Mark Loretta, 2B5010011 .297
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
Brian Giles, RF3010200 .297
Ryan Klesko, LF5010011 .264
Phil Nevin, 1B3000102 .265
    Akinori Otsuka, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Blum, 3B1000000 .244
Ramon Hernandez, C4000003 .269
Damian Jackson, 3B-2B4000010 .283
Khalil Greene, SS4131000 .273
Brian Lawrence, P3000022 .081
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Mark Sweeney, 1B1000000 .297
Totals37161459 
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (28, Benson)
HR - Khalil Greene (7, Benson)
RBI - Khalil Greene (37)
CS - Dave Roberts (7, 2nd base by Koo/Piazza)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Nevin-Greene-Linebrink
E - Geoff Blum (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Brian Lawrence 6.1511041 4.13
Scott Linebrink 1100100 2.20
Akinori Otsuka 1.2100110 2.63
Chris Hammond (L,5-1) 1.1222101 2.96
IBB - Piazza by Akinori Otsuka
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Lawrence 75-52, Scott Linebrink 17-9, Akinori Otsuka 23-12, Chris Hammond 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Lawrence 6-9, Scott Linebrink 2-0, Akinori Otsuka 1-3, Chris Hammond 3-2
Batters Faced - Brian Lawrence 24, Scott Linebrink 4, Akinori Otsuka 7, Chris Hammond 8
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010100 .261
Mike Cameron, RF5000023 .263
Carlos Beltran, CF4000113 .268
Cliff Floyd, LF5121002 .283
David Wright, 3B5020001 .289
Mike Piazza, C4020101 .255
    Gerald Williams, PR0100000 .000
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000001 .221
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Offerman, PH1000002 .259
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1112000 .314
Miguel Cairo, 2B4010013 .274
Kris Benson, P2000010 .240
    Dae-Sung Koo, P0000000 .500
    Marlon Anderson, 1B1000000 .294
Totals393933516 
a-popped out for Hernandez in the 9th
b-homered for Looper in the 11th
Batting
2B - David Wright (23, Otsuka)
HR - Cliff Floyd (23, Lawrence), Chris Woodward (3, Hammond)
SH - Marlon Anderson (1)
RBI - Cliff Floyd (56), Chris Woodward 2 (15)
SB - Jose Reyes (28, 2nd base off Lawrence/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cairo-Reyes-Mientkiewicz
New York Mets
Kris Benson 7511241 3.40
Dae-Sung Koo 0.2100210 4.12
Roberto Hernandez 1.1000000 1.73
Braden Looper (W,3-4) 2000000 3.13
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 111-67, Dae-Sung Koo 20-10, Roberto Hernandez 13-7, Braden Looper 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 8-8, Roberto Hernandez 2-2, Braden Looper 3-3
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 27, Dae-Sung Koo 4, Roberto Hernandez 4, Braden Looper 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37945
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Adam Dowdy