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Mets blow eight-run lead but top Nationals in 10 innings

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- This one should have been simple for the New York Mets, but few things ever are.

The Mets used home runs by Ramon Castro, Jose Reyes and David Wright to build an eight-run lead Saturday night against the Washington Nationals. With Pedro Martinez pitching, it seemed a cinch win.

Instead, the New York bullpen blew the lead, allowing six runs in the seventh and two more with two outs in the ninth, costing Martinez his first win in a month. New York needed a two-out pinch single by Chris Woodward in the bottom of the 10th for a 9-8 victory.

Manager Willie Randolph pulled Martinez after six innings and had no regrets, even after the bullpen meltdown.

"I don't think I'd do anything different," Randolph said. "I just thought it was the right thing to do. I just felt comfortable at that point in time with an eight-run lead.

"We made it interesting, didn't we?"

Martinez defended Randolph's decision.

"Willie's decision was correct," he said. "It will always be the correct decision. He who has the power will always be correct. Don't ever forget that."

Washington's comeback was encouraging to Nationals manager Frank Robinson, whose team has been struggling on offense. When his team fell behind, he pulled several regulars and got big hits from reserves Jamey Carroll and Ryan Church.

"You can't have it both ways," Robinson said. "The people we had in there at the end did a terrific job. The guys battled back."

Carroll thought there were positives in the loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Nationals.

"We played hard right to the end," he said. "To fight back like that gives you a lot of confidence."

Woodward delivered the winning hit after reliever Gary Majewski (2-3) walked Gerald Williams with one out and Reyes with two outs. Woodward hit for winning pitcher Roberto Hernandez (6-5) and singled up the middle, scoring Williams from second.

Brian Schneider drove in four runs as the Nationals rallied against the New York bullpen. His two-run, two-out double in the ninth against Mets closer Braden Looper capped Washington's comeback and cost Martinez his first win in almost a month.

Martinez left after six innings of shutout ball, but the Mets bullpen gave it all back.

Danny Graves started the seventh with a walk to Schneider. After an infield out, Reyes threw low on Cristian Guzman's grounder for an error, giving Washington runners at first and third. Pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga doubled for one run and Graves walked Brad Wilkerson. Carroll's single made it 8-2 and finished Graves.

Dae-Sung Koo relieved and struck out Nick Johnson, but Church followed with a two-run single, making it 8-4. Aaron Heilman relieved and his first pitch hit Preston Wilson, loading the bases. Schneider followed with a two-run single, making it 8-6.

Heilman finally got the third out and sailed through a 1-2-3 eighth. Looper came on in the ninth, looking for his 25th save. He retired the first two batters but gave up singles to Church and Wilson before Schneider's double tied it at 8.

Martinez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start at Los Angeles but wound up losing 2-1. He has not won since July 23, but this one seemed a cinch.

Wright singled with one out in the second and Marlon Anderson walked. Castro, filling in for injured Mike Piazza, followed with his fifth home run of the season, connecting on an 0-2 pitch from Livan Hernandez.

Victor Diaz singled, Martinez sacrificed and Reyes hit the next pitch into the Mets bullpen for his fourth homer of the season and first since April 19.

The five-run inning was a dramatic reversal for the Mets, who had scored just one run in the previous two games.

New York padded its lead in the third, finishing Hernandez.

Carlos Beltran and Cliff Floyd opened with singles and Wright followed with his 18th homer on a 2-0 pitch. The three RBI gave Wright the team lead with 78.

Notes

  • The Mets broadcast a DiamondVision message from injured RF Mike Cameron, thanking fans for their get-well wishes. Cameron broke both cheekbones and his nose in an Aug. 11 collision with Beltran.
  • Castro's home run traveled an estimated 410 feet and Reyes' homer, his fifth hit in his last six at-bats, was estimated at 420 feet.
  • Martinez threw just 78 pitches, 57 for strikes.
  • The Mets drew a crowd of 51,785 for Hispanic Night, their eighth sellout of the season.
 
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Mets players thank teammate Chris Woodward (center) for his game-winning single in the 10th. (AP)
Mets players thank teammate Chris Woodward (center) for his game-winning single in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

B. Schneider
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
New York

C. Woodward
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, LF5100121 .246
Jose Vidro, 2B3010000 .281
    Jamey Carroll, 2B2111100 .241
Nick Johnson, 1B6010026 .303
Jose Guillen, RF3020000 .301
    Ryan Church, PR-RF2222000 .295
Preston Wilson, CF4110003 .264
Brian Schneider, C4134110 .291
Vinny Castilla, 3B2010001 .244
    Tony Blanco, 3B2000002 .212
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .333
   a- Gary Bennett, PH1000001 .232
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
Cristian Guzman, SS5110001 .191
Livan Hernandez, P1000001 .238
    John Halama, P1000000 .000
   b- Carlos Baerga, PH-3B2111000 .275
Totals4381483516 
a-flied out for Ayala in the 9th
b-doubled for Halama in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Schneider (19, Looper), Vinny Castilla (30, P. Martinez), Carlos Baerga (7, Graves)
SH - Carlos Baerga (1)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (16), Ryan Church 2 (35), Brian Schneider 4 (38), Carlos Baerga (17)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Church 2 (19), Brian Schneider 4 (17)
Team LOB - 10
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez 2788113 3.80
John Halama 4200110 5.55
Hector Carrasco 0.2000110 2.49
Luis Ayala 1.1100120 2.58
Gary Majewski (L,2-3) 1.2111200 3.08
HBP - Floyd (by Hector Carrasco)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 55-30, John Halama 45-31, Hector Carrasco 17-9, Luis Ayala 21-15, Gary Majewski 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 4-1, John Halama 6-5, Luis Ayala 2-0, Gary Majewski 2-3
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 14, John Halama 15, Hector Carrasco 4, Luis Ayala 6, Gary Majewski 8
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5122111 .275
Miguel Cairo, 2B4000001 .266
    Danny Graves, P0000000 .000
    Dae-Sung Koo, P0000000 .500
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Offerman, PH0000100 .228
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1011000 .291
Carlos Beltran, CF5110012 .271
Cliff Floyd, LF4110000 .287
David Wright, 3B5223011 .303
Marlon Anderson, 1B3110200 .266
Ramon Castro, C4113113 .250
Victor Diaz, RF4120001 .253
    Gerald Williams, RF0100100 .273
Pedro Martinez, P1000011 .088
   c- Kaz Matsui, PH-2B2000001 .224
Totals3891196511 
a-walked for Heilman in the 8th
b-singled for Hernandez in the 10th
c-grounded out for P. Martinez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Victor Diaz (9, Ayala)
HR - Jose Reyes (4, Hernandez), David Wright (18, Hernandez), Ramon Castro (5, Hernandez)
SH - Pedro Martinez (4), Kaz Matsui (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (48), Chris Woodward (17), David Wright 3 (78), Ramon Castro 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (19), Chris Woodward (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cairo-Anderson
E - Jose Reyes (12, throwing error)
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez 6600040 2.86
Danny Graves 0.1251200 7.01
Dae-Sung Koo 0.1111010 3.91
Aaron Heilman (H,4) 1.1100000 3.98
Braden Looper (BS,5) 1322000 3.49
Roberto Hernandez (W,6-5) 1100100 2.65
HBP - Pr. Wilson (by Aaron Heilman)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 78-57, Danny Graves 25-12, Dae-Sung Koo 11-7, Aaron Heilman 15-13, Braden Looper 25-14, Roberto Hernandez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 7-6, Danny Graves 2-0, Aaron Heilman 2-2, Braden Looper 1-2, Roberto Hernandez 1-2
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 23, Danny Graves 6, Dae-Sung Koo 2, Aaron Heilman 6, Braden Looper 6, Roberto Hernandez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 51785
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Bruce Froemming