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Randolph leads Mets to first winning season since 2001

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Willie Randolph will have a winning record in his first season as New York Mets manager. He wants an even better one next year.

"It's nice to finish strong and end the season on a good note," Randolph said after the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night. "It's nicer to be above .500 than below it. But .500 is mediocre. We want to be better than that."

The Mets have put on a finishing kick to reach 82-78, winning 11 of their last 14 games. Kris Benson pitched in with his first victory in six weeks and Marlon Anderson and Mike Jacobs homered for the Mets, who had not finished with a winning record since 2001.

Benson (10-8) limited the Rockies to six hits, striking out two and walking one before leaving with one out in the eighth. He had been 0-4 in seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-2 on Aug. 16.

Aaron Heilman relieved Benson and earned his fifth save in six chances.

"It's been a while since I had a win," Benson said. "I'm glad to get one in the win column and get my 10th win. That was my main goal. Double digits is always a goal, especially after I missed the first month. Considering that, I feel good about the way the season ended up."

Benson had a pectoral muscle strain coming out of spring training and did not win his first game until May 5. He was 9-4 after his last victory.

Randolph was pleased to have Benson finish on a positive note.

"He really needed that one," the manager said. "He's been up and down, sort of the tale of two seasons. This was a good win for him to finish up with."

The Mets took the lead in the first inning when Anderson and Carlos Beltran both singled with one out against Byung-Hyun Kim (5-12).

Cliff Floyd bounced to first, where Todd Helton stepped on the base for the putout and then tried to get Anderson in a rundown off third base. But Helton threw behind the runner to third and Anderson beat Garrett Atkins' relay home, bowling over catcher Danny Ardoin.

Jacobs opened the second with his 10th home run of the season, his second in two nights and sixth in the last 12 games.

The Rockies tied it in the fourth when Helton walked with one out and Matt Holliday followed with his 19th home run.

"Our young players give us reason to be optimistic for the future," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Holliday continues to improve and should become a good offensive player."

Anderson put the Mets back in front in the bottom of the fifth when he led off with his seventh home run of the season, connecting on a 3-2 pitch.

Mike Piazza was 0-for-4. A free agent after the season, this is expected to be his final weekend with the Mets.

Notes

  • Jacobs' home run traveled an estimated 365 feet. Holliday's went 380 feet and Anderson's went 455.
  • The Mets turned inning-ending double plays in the second, fourth and eighth innings.
  • CF Corey Sullivan robbed Floyd of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch at the wall in the fifth.
  • The loss was the 94th of the season for the Rockies, matching last year's total.
 
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Kris Benson yields two runs on six hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 16.  (AP)
Kris Benson yields two runs on six hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 16. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Anderson
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4020010 .295
Clint Barmes, SS4000002 .288
Todd Helton, 1B3100101 .319
Matt Holliday, LF4112012 .307
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020000 .286
Brad Hawpe, RF3010002 .265
Luis Gonzalez, 2B3000001 .290
Danny Ardoin, C3000001 .233
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000000 .079
    Randall Williams, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Greene, PH1000000 .254
    Scott Dohmann, P0000000 .000
Totals31262129 
a-flied out for Williams in the 8th
Batting
HR - Matt Holliday (19, Benson)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (86)
Team LOB - 3
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim (L,5-12) 5.2733322 4.86
Randall Williams 1.1000000 6.92
Scott Dohmann 1000000 6.10
HBP - Floyd (by Byung-Hyun Kim)
WP - Byung-Hyun Kim (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 118-74, Randall Williams 16-10, Scott Dohmann 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 11-4, Randall Williams 1-3, Scott Dohmann 1-2
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 28, Randall Williams 4, Scott Dohmann 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4010002 .273
Marlon Anderson, RF3221000 .263
   a- Victor Diaz, PH-RF1000002 .256
Carlos Beltran, CF4010000 .268
Cliff Floyd, LF3000000 .273
David Wright, 3B3010111 .308
Mike Piazza, C4000003 .254
    Ramon Castro, C0000000 .249
Mike Jacobs, 1B4121000 .298
    Chris Woodward, 1B0000000 .287
Miguel Cairo, 2B3000100 .251
Kris Benson, P1000110 .184
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals30372328 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Anderson in the 6th
Batting
HR - Marlon Anderson (7, Kim), Mike Jacobs (10, Kim)
SH - Kris Benson (6)
RBI - Marlon Anderson (19), Mike Jacobs (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cairo-Reyes-Jacobs, Cairo-Reyes-Jacobs, Reyes-Cairo-Jacobs
E - David Wright (24, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Kris Benson (W,10-8) 7.1622121 4.13
Aaron Heilman (S,5) 1.2000000 3.17
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 103-71, Aaron Heilman 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 9-10, Aaron Heilman 2-2
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 28, Aaron Heilman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29133
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Chad Fairchild