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Beltran returns to power New York past Pittsburgh

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The last time Tom Glavine was on the mound, he watched with concern as Carlos Beltran left the field after a frightening collision in the outfield.

On Wednesday night, Glavine and the rest of the New York Mets got to see what Beltran can do when he is feeling healthy.

Beltran scored in his first two plate appearances after returning from the injury, leading Glavine and the Mets over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.

Robbed of his speed for much of the first half of the season because of a nagging thigh injury, Beltran scored from first base on a single in his first plate appearance, then stole a base and scored his second time up.

"When you have a guy like that, it makes a big difference," Glavine said. "I don't care if he's hot or he's not hot, or he's having the kind of year that people want him to or not. You know as a pitcher he always has the potential to have that kind of game."

David Wright and Jose Offerman each hit two-run singles for the Mets, who learned Wednesday that catcher Mike Piazza would miss at least a few games with a broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a foul ball Tuesday night.

Beltran's successful return gave New York some good news on the injury front for a change. It came only six days after his head-to-head collision with right fielder Mike Cameron in a loss at San Diego that left him with a concussion and a facial fracture.

Despite the injury, Beltran vowed not to play with any fear when he returned.

"I can't be playing like that," he said. "You've got to go out there and play the game the way it's supposed to be. I'm not really thinking about something happening."

A day after opting not to have surgery, Beltran reached base three times to help the Mets to their 12th win in their last 15 home games. Cliff Floyd was on all four times, hitting two singles and being walked intentionally twice.

Beltran immediately showed that he lost none of his speed during his time off. He drew a two-out walk in the first and raced home on Floyd's single into the right-center field gap, beating the throw home without having to slide and tying the game at 1.

He used his speed to score the go-ahead run in the fourth. He led off with a bunt single and stole second. Floyd was intentionally walked, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Wright followed with a single to left for a 3-1 lead.

"He gave us a nice little spark," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "That's something we haven't really seen a whole lot of this year. One of the things that's real, real big about his game is his speed. When he starts to make things happen on the basepaths, it gives us a totally different dimension."

Glavine (9-10) scattered nine hits in seven-plus innings, improving to 20-12 against the Pirates and moving into sole possession of 30th place on the career wins list with his 271st.

"When he's got that change and sinker going, he can cause havoc, especially with young hitters," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He had good stuff tonight, he did a good job of moving the ball around. This guy doesn't have all those wins that he has by mistake."

Aaron Heilman replaced Glavine with runners on second and third and none out in the eighth, and got the final six outs for his first save.

Jason Bay homered and doubled for the Pirates, who fell to 2-10 on the road against NL East teams. Josh Fogg (6-8) allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Mets added two more runs in the sixth. Miguel Cairo led off with a double, and after Beltran was retired for the only time on a fly to center, Floyd walked intentionally again. Salomon Torres replaced Fogg and walked Wright to load the bases before Offerman's single to right made it 5-1.

Bay hit his 24th homer in the first inning.

Notes

  • The Mets recalled C Mike Jacobs from Double-A Binghamton to back up Ramon Castro while Piazza is out.
  • Beltran had only one putout, Fogg's fly to center in the fifth.
  • Wednesday was the 18th anniversary of Glavine's major league debut for Atlanta against Houston.
  • Mets 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A St. Lucie but was scratched because of the flu.
 
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Tom Glavine moves into 30th place on the career win list, recording No. 271 against the Pirates. (AP)
Tom Glavine moves into 30th place on the career win list, recording No. 271 against the Pirates. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

T. Glavine
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 3B4000001 .273
Tike Redman, CF4020000 .260
Jason Bay, LF3121100 .304
Brad Eldred, 1B4020014 .269
Ryan Doumit, C4010013 .242
Jose Castillo, 2B4000014 .266
Michael Restovich, RF3010002 .253
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .500
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Duffy, PH1000010 .372
Jack Wilson, SS4000001 .235
Josh Fogg, P2000010 .119
    Nate McLouth, RF2010010 .200
Totals351911615 
a-struck out for Gonzalez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tike Redman (10, Glavine), Jason Bay (36, Glavine)
HR - Jason Bay (24, Glavine)
RBI - Jason Bay (70)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay (26)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castillo-J. Wilson-Eldred, Castillo-J. Wilson-Eldred
E - Ryan Doumit (4, Wild throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Fogg (L,6-8) 5.1455330 5.07
Salomon Torres 1.2100110 3.86
Mike Gonzalez 1100220 3.10
IBB - Floyd by Josh Fogg, by Floyd
WP - Josh Fogg (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 84-46, Salomon Torres 18-11, Mike Gonzalez 21-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 6-6, Salomon Torres 2-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 22, Salomon Torres 6, Mike Gonzalez 6
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000000 .271
Miguel Cairo, 2B4110020 .278
Carlos Beltran, CF2210201 .269
Cliff Floyd, LF2221200 .293
David Wright, 3B2012201 .304
Jose Offerman, 1B4012014 .231
Victor Diaz, RF4000004 .245
Ramon Castro, C3000020 .254
Tom Glavine, P3000010 .167
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals285656610 
Batting
2B - Miguel Cairo (16, Fogg)
RBI - Cliff Floyd (76), David Wright 2 (75), Jose Offerman 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Floyd (35)
SB - Miguel Cairo (13, 3rd base off Torres/Doumit), Carlos Beltran (11, 2nd base off Fogg/Doumit)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Cairo-Offerman
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (W,9-10) 7911121 4.26
Aaron Heilman (S,1) 2000040 4.04
IBB - Bay by Tom Glavine
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 108-65, Aaron Heilman 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 12-6, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 30, Aaron Heilman 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28730
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Tom Hallion