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Castro star of the night in Mets' return to Shea

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The National League wild-card race became a little tighter Tuesday night, thanks to the determination of the New York Mets and fill-in catcher Ramon Castro.

Disgusted by his first two at-bats against Philadelphia, Castro turned his night around with a pair of extra-base hits, fueling a furious Mets comeback that resulted in a 6-4 victory and cost the Phillies the outright lead in the NL wild-card chase.

Castro doubled and scored in the seventh inning and then hit a three-run homer to put the Mets in front in the eighth. Braden Looper's 28th save sealed the win and dropped the Phillies (70-62) into a wild-card tie with the Florida Marlins, who beat St. Louis 7-6.

The Mets and Houston Astros (both 69-62) are a half-game back.

"Playing from behind, winning games, that's good for us," said Castro, who hit his sixth home run. "We always feel confident. Playing from behind, that's a big part of the game."

Castro struck out and popped out in his first two swings against starter Robinson Tejeda.

"I was a little down after those two at-bats," he said. "But I thought, 'I've got three more chances.'"

He only needed two.

With the Mets trailing 4-2, Castro opened the seventh with a double and scored on a wild pitch by reliever Ryan Madson. That made it 4-3 and put the Mets in striking distance when David Wright opened the eighth with a walk against Ugueth Urbina (3-1).

Wright hustled down the line, as if he knew something good was about to happen for the Mets.

"We have tremendous confidence in each other," he said.

After rookie Mike Jacobs struck out, Victor Diaz walked, bringing up Castro.

"The first pitch, he showed me a fastball," Castro said. "I was looking for something off-speed after that."

He hit a slider into the left-field seats, capping New York's comeback.

"They beat me," Urbina said. "They didn't beat anybody else. They beat me. I made a mistake and they got me."

The Mets had trailed from the start after Kenny Lofton hit his first home run since opening day and Pat Burrell added a two-run shot in the first inning against Mets starter Jae Seo.

New York pecked away at the lead, as Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs with his 14th home run and a fifth-inning single.

Castro took care of the rest of the comeback with his seventh-inning double and eighth-inning homer, which set off a big celebration. With Mets shortstop Jose Reyes jumping in front of the dugout, Castro came out for a curtain call from the crowd of 36,505 that came to Shea Stadium for the Mets' return from a seven-game road trip and their most meaningful late-season home game in several years.

Juan Padilla (1-0) picked up the win.

After Seo needed 11 pitches to retire leadoff man Jimmy Rollins, Lofton hit a 3-1 pitch for his second home run of the year. One out later, Bobby Abreu singled ahead of Burrell's 27th homer.

It was Burrell's 29th career homer against the Mets, his fourth this year and his 15th at Shea Stadium. He has more than twice as many homers against the Mets and at Shea than against any other opponent or in any other park.

Beltran put the Mets on the board in the bottom of the first when he connected off Tejeda, who worked six innings.

Singles by Mike Lieberthal and Rollins sandwiched around a sacrifice by Tejeda gave the Phillies a run in the second.

The Phillies could have added more in the fourth when Ryan Howard and David Bell opened with singles and moved up on an infield out. But Seo struck out Tejeda and retired Rollins on an attempted bunt, stranding the runners.

In the fifth, Reyes singled, moved up on an infield out and scored on Beltran's third hit of the game, making it 4-2.

Notes

  • Injured Mets OF Mike Cameron presented the lineups in the pregame meeting at home plate.
  • Seo threw 36 pitches in the first inning.
  • Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Burrell made a long run to rob Cliff Floyd of a hit in the third inning.
  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was thrown out of the game in the fifth inning by home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth for arguing on a play at the plate. It was the fifth time Manuel has been ejected this season and the second time by Culbreth.
 
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Ramon Castro (right) 'was a little down after [his] first two at-bats,' but made up for it in his next two.  (AP)
Ramon Castro (right) 'was a little down after [his] first two at-bats,' but made up for it in his next two. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

R. Castro
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011112 .262
Kenny Lofton, CF5121003 .312
Chase Utley, 2B4010110 .294
Bobby Abreu, RF4110012 .293
Pat Burrell, LF4122011 .283
Ryan Howard, 1B4010033 .289
David Bell, 3B4010010 .245
Mike Lieberthal, C4120000 .250
Robinson Tejeda, P1000012 .100
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1000000 .218
    Ugueth Urbina, P0000000 .000
Totals3541142913 
a-grounded out for Madson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kenny Lofton (10, Seo)
HR - Kenny Lofton (2, Seo), Pat Burrell (27, Seo)
SH - Robinson Tejeda 2 (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (36), Kenny Lofton (21), Pat Burrell 2 (96)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (17), Pat Burrell 2 (46)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (29, 2nd base off Seo/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - David Bell (16, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Robinson Tejeda 6722121 3.19
Ryan Madson (H,31) 1111110 3.31
Ugueth Urbina (BS,7; L,4-5) 1233211 3.82
HBP - Cairo (by Ryan Madson)
WP - Ryan Madson (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 100-63, Ryan Madson 27-14, Ugueth Urbina 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 8-7
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 25, Ryan Madson 6, Ugueth Urbina 7
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5120001 .276
Miguel Cairo, 2B4000001 .249
Carlos Beltran, CF3132100 .267
Cliff Floyd, LF4000014 .281
David Wright, 3B3110111 .315
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000112 .308
    Chris Woodward, 1B0000000 .296
Victor Diaz, RF3120101 .269
Ramon Castro, C4223012 .257
Jae Seo, P1000001 .111
   a- Kaz Matsui, PH1000000 .231
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000001 .266
    Juan Padilla, P0000000 .000
   c- Jose Offerman, PH1000000 .221
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
Totals3361054414 
a-flied out for Seo in the 5th
b-flied out for Heilman in the 7th
c-flied out for Padilla in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (19, Urbina), Ramon Castro (13, Madson)
3B - Victor Diaz (3, Tejeda)
HR - Carlos Beltran (14, Tejeda), Ramon Castro (6, Urbina)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (62), Ramon Castro 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (17)
SB - Jose Reyes (46, 3rd base off Urbina/Lieberthal), David Wright (16, 2nd base off Urbina/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
New York Mets
Jae Seo 51044062 1.86
Aaron Heilman 2100210 3.71
Juan Padilla (W,1-0) 1000010 1.96
Braden Looper (S,28) 1000010 3.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jae Seo 92-67, Aaron Heilman 41-23, Juan Padilla 11-9, Braden Looper 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jae Seo 5-3, Aaron Heilman 2-3, Juan Padilla 1-1, Braden Looper 1-1
Batters Faced - Jae Seo 24, Aaron Heilman 9, Juan Padilla 3, Braden Looper 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36505
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Eric Cooper