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Feliz's RBI single in 12th thwarts Mets' dramatic rally

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NEW YORK -- Lastings Milledge was high-fiving fans along the right-field railing, the same way Cal Ripken did 11 years ago on his "victory lap" in Baltimore after breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.

Ahh, the exuberance of youth. Turns out, the celebration was premature -- and it irked a few folks in both dugouts.

Pedro Feliz hit an RBI single in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants finally held off the Mets 7-6 Sunday, overcoming a breakout performance by New York's prized prospect.

With the Mets down to their final strike in the 10th, Milledge hit his first career homer off All-Star closer Armando Benitez to tie it at 6-all. The 21-year-old rookie raised his index finger toward the sky as he rounded first and came out for a curtain call.

Then, as he jogged out to right field for the 11th, he slapped hands with dozens of fans leaning over the railing.

"We weren't too happy about that. But he's a young kid," Giants reliever Steve Kline said. "I don't know if he's going to be slapping five with everybody after he goes 0-for-15 and the New York fans are booing him. But in the heat of the moment, you can't blame the kid. He knows better. I think he genuinely knows he did wrong."

The Mets also took notice.

"Oh, boy. He has a little growing up to do," outfielder Cliff Floyd said. "I'll just mention to him the consequences that come along with that. If that's what you want to do, you do that. But at the same time, if you want guys throwing at your head constantly, you proceed to do it that way.

"He has the talent and everything, but you have to understand the game at this level. At Triple-A they're going to treat you like a king, and what's wrong with that? When you come here, without losing your mojo, you've got to bring the mentality down. If you can do that, you'll earn the respect of a lot of people."

Milledge heard it from his manager, too.

"I had a little conversation with him about that. I told him to tone it down a little bit," Willie Randolph said. "He got excited about his first big home run. Wouldn't you? I talked to him about it -- it won't happen again."

Milledge also hit a go-ahead double and made a sliding catch in right field in his fifth major league game, quickly winning over New York fans who have been reading about the gifted youngster for a while now.

"Now I know what's expected. It was a rookie mistake. We learn from it," Milledge said. "I was just excited to get the team back. If it was just a solo homer that meant nothing for the team, I wouldn't have been that excited."

Steve Finley had three hits and a key sacrifice for the Giants, who took two of three in a back-and-forth series. The teams split six meetings this season -- with three going to extra innings.

David Wright hit two homers, including a tying shot in the eighth, and Steve Trachsel pitched seven strong innings for the Mets, who won their previous four series.

"It was a great game to be a part of. I wish we would have won it," Wright said.

The Giants went up 6-4 in the 10th when Ray Durham and Eliezer Alfonzo came through with two-out, two-strike RBI singles against Aaron Heilman.

But the Mets, who have fought back from late deficits all season, weren't done.

Jose Valentin homered with one out in the bottom half off Benitez, who had dominated his former team since being traded in July 2003. With two outs, Milledge drove a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence, sending the crowd of 48,791 into a frenzy.

"Today, they got me," said Benitez, who has 14 career saves against the Mets. "But I got these guys 14 times."

The score stayed tied until the 12th, when Lance Niekro led off with a single and pitcher Pedro Feliciano (1-2) threw wide to second on Jason Ellison's bunt for an error. Finley advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Feliz singled off Heath Bell.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-0) pitched a perfect 11th for his first career win and Jeremy Accardo recorded three outs in a row for his first big league save.

"It's really good that you get a win like that -- everybody pulling for each other," San Francisco's Omar Vizquel said. "It's nice because we came back twice. It makes you believe that you can rebound.

"That's something that we haven't done here."

A rare error by shortstop Jose Reyes helped the Giants rally for three runs in the eighth against Duaner Sanchez and a 4-3 lead.

Barry Bonds had an RBI groundout, Finley hit a tying double and the normally reliable Sanchez walked pinch-hitter Durham on four pitches, forcing in the go-ahead run.

Milledge's two-out double on an 0-2 hanger from starter Matt Morris put the Mets up 3-1 in the sixth. The two RBI were the first in the majors for Milledge, called up from the minors Tuesday after right fielder Xavier Nady had an appendectomy.

"It was pretty disappointing because we should have won the game. We let it slip away all day," Milledge said. "It wasn't as though we beat ourselves, they just beat us."

Notes

  • The teams split a rain-delayed doubleheader Saturday that ended 9 hours, 14 minutes after the scheduled first pitch.
  • The Mets have played 11 extra-inning games, most in the majors. They are 6-5 in those games. This was their third extra-inning affair in four games.
  • Milledge also scored the winning run in the second game Saturday night with a nifty slide on Chris Woodward's shallow sacrifice fly.
 
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Pedro Feliz hits the game winner, plating Lance Niekro as the Giants take a 7-6 lead in the 12th inning.  (AP)
Pedro Feliz hits the game winner, plating Lance Niekro as the Giants take a 7-6 lead in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF6220000 .265
Omar Vizquel, SS5120100 .312
Lance Niekro, 1B5121110 .240
Barry Bonds, LF3001001 .256
    Jason Ellison, PR-LF2210000 .281
Steve Finley, CF5131003 .269
Pedro Feliz, 3B5011116 .269
Kevin Frandsen, 2B3010000 .218
   a- Ray Durham, PH-2B2022100 .237
Eliezer Alfonzo, C5011102 .222
Matt Morris, P2000010 .174
   b- Jose Vizcaino, PH1000010 .216
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Greene, PH1000000 .356
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .231
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
   d- Mark Sweeney, PH1000010 .259
    Jonathan Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   e- Jamey Wright, PH1000013 .207
    Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
Totals4771575615 
a-walked for Frandsen in the 8th
b-struck out for Morris in the 7th
c-flied out for Wilson in the 9th
d-struck out for Benitez in the 11th
e-struck out for Sanchez in the 12th
Batting
2B - Steve Finley (6, Sanchez), Ray Durham (6, Bell)
SH - Steve Finley (1)
RBI - Lance Niekro (21), Barry Bonds (22), Steve Finley (26), Pedro Feliz (37), Ray Durham 2 (23), Eliezer Alfonzo (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ray Durham (6), Eliezer Alfonzo (3)
Team LOB - 11
San Francisco Giants
Matt Morris 6733241 5.32
Kevin Correia 1211001 3.14
Steve Kline 0.2100000 2.60
Brian Wilson 0.1000010 4.26
Brad Hennessey 1100010 2.72
Armando Benitez (BS,3) 1222022 2.03
Jonathan Sanchez (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
Jeremy Accardo (S,1) 1000000 2.66
IBB - Milledge by Matt Morris
WP - Matt Morris (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 83-57, Kevin Correia 12-8, Steve Kline 11-6, Brian Wilson 5-3, Brad Hennessey 20-15, Armando Benitez 23-14, Jonathan Sanchez 13-8, Jeremy Accardo 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 6-8, Kevin Correia 2-1, Steve Kline 2-0, Brad Hennessey 1-1, Armando Benitez 1-0, Jonathan Sanchez 2-1, Jeremy Accardo 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 27, Kevin Correia 5, Steve Kline 3, Brian Wilson 1, Brad Hennessey 4, Armando Benitez 5, Jonathan Sanchez 3, Jeremy Accardo 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6010000 .248
Paul Lo Duca, C6010001 .299
Carlos Beltran, CF6010012 .265
Carlos Delgado, 1B6110013 .242
David Wright, 3B5322100 .330
Jose Valentin, 2B6131012 .284
Endy Chavez, LF4010023 .297
Lastings Milledge, RF4133101 .267
Steve Trachsel, P3000015 .150
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000011 .303
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Cliff Floyd, PH1000010 .232
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals4861362818 
a-struck out for Bradford in the 8th
b-struck out for Heilman in the 10th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (8, Morris), Jose Valentin (3, Kline), Lastings Milledge (2, Morris)
3B - Endy Chavez (1, Morris)
HR - David Wright 2 (10, Morris, Correia), Jose Valentin (5, Benitez), Lastings Milledge (1, Benitez)
SH - Endy Chavez (5)
RBI - David Wright 2 (38), Jose Valentin (17), Lastings Milledge 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge 3 (3)
SB - Jose Reyes (23, 2nd base off Morris/Alfonzo), Paul Lo Duca (3, 2nd base off Hennessey/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 3
DP - Wright-Valentin-Delgado, Valentin-Reyes-Delgado
E - Pedro Feliciano (1, throwing error), Jose Reyes (5, throwing error)
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel 7611130 4.67
Duaner Sanchez (BS,1) 0.1232300 2.52
Chad Bradford 0.2000000 3.79
Billy Wagner 1000000 2.57
Aaron Heilman 1422010 3.31
Pedro Feliciano (L,1-2) 1.1110010 2.04
Heath Bell 0.2200110 3.38
IBB - Feliz by Duaner Sanchez, Alfonzo by Heath Bell
HBP - Bonds (by Steve Trachsel)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 101-66, Duaner Sanchez 23-8, Chad Bradford 2-2, Billy Wagner 12-9, Aaron Heilman 25-15, Pedro Feliciano 18-13, Heath Bell 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 8-8, Duaner Sanchez 2-0, Chad Bradford 1-0, Billy Wagner 1-2, Pedro Feliciano 4-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 27, Duaner Sanchez 7, Chad Bradford 1, Billy Wagner 3, Aaron Heilman 6, Pedro Feliciano 6, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48791
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim McClelland