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Mets benefit from Rockies' sloppy sixth to win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Lastings Milledge was 18 months old when the New York Mets won the World Series in 1986. Twenty years later, he's trying to help the Mets put together another memorable year.

Milledge homered and tied a career high with three hits in New York's 7-4 comeback win over Colorado after the club honored its last championship team on Saturday night.

"I was barely born when they actually won the World Series," said Milledge, who watched the pregame ceremony recognizing the 1986 team on television in the Mets' clubhouse. "But I lived through it through the highlights and stuff so it actually was like I was there. It pumped me up."

Milledge singled home the tying run in the Mets' six-run sixth inning, which featured four walks, two Rockies' errors and a passed ball.

Michael Tucker walked with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run and Jose Reyes followed with a bases-loaded walk to cap the Mets' rally.

"We lost it defensively as a club," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had a lousy sixth inning, probably the worst we've had this season."

Milledge homered in the eighth, his first since being recalled Aug. 1, and fourth of the year.

Yorvit Torrealba hit a solo homer and Garrett Atkins added a three-run drive for the Rockies, who dropped to 1-12 at Shea Stadium over the past three seasons.

Atkins' 21st homer of the season and 10th since the All-Star break put the Rockies ahead 4-0 in the top half of the sixth. His drive off Roberto Hernandez came after Mets starter Dave Williams left the game with leg cramps.

Williams was called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night to make Saturday's start in place of injured right-hander Pedro Martinez. He allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, and said he felt OK afterward.

The Mets rallied in the bottom half against Jeff Francis (9-10), who held them without a hit for 4 2/3 innings. Tucker led off with a base hit to center and advanced to third when Paul Lo Duca doubled with one out.

Carlos Beltran then drove in Tucker with a sacrifice fly and reached second when Matt Holliday dropped his fly ball. Carlos Delgado followed with an RBI single and Beltran scored on Torrealba's passed ball to cut it to 4-3.

Milledge tied it two batters later with a run-scoring single. Francis then issued an intentional walk to Julio Franco before losing Tucker on a 3-1 pitch that put the Mets in front 5-4. Ramon Ramirez then entered and walked Reyes with the bases loaded.

"Any time you come back in a game like that you have to rely on taking a walk, battling and scratching and clawing and getting guys on base," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "We do that. We've done it a lot this year but for me we can do a better job at times of taking that approach."

Ramirez finally got Lo Duca to fly out to the warning track to end the inning.

Francis gave up six runs, two earned, and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to get his first loss since July 29. He was 1-0 with two no-decisions and a 1.99 ERA in his previous three starts.

"I just couldn't put out the fire," Francis said. "The ball to Milledge was a mistake and he took it to right field."

Aaron Heilman (2-4) pitched two scoreless innings and Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances. Wagner's save was the 314th of his career, tying him with Robb Nen for 14th on the career list.

"Nice comeback win and it does kind of remind you of the '86 team, the way they battled back and came at you every inning," Randolph said. "A little bit of that rubbed off on us."

The start of the game was delayed 34 minutes as the Mets held a ceremony on the field to honor their 1986 World Series championship team. Players and coaches walked through the stands, giving high-fives, before they were recognized on the field.

Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dykstra, Mookie Wilson and Howard Johnson got the loudest applause from the crowd, which chanted "Lenny! Lenny!" for Dykstra and thundered "Mookie!" when Wilson was introduced in the steady rain. The 1986 team won a club-record 108 games during the regular season and beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games in the World Series.

Notes

  • Beltran became the second fastest Mets player to reach 100 RBI, accomplishing it in his 110th game. Mike Piazza reached 100 RBI in his 103rd game in 2000.
  • Holliday singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games.
  • The Mets played '80s music and showed highlights from the 1986 season on the video scoreboard throughout the game as part of the tribute to the championship team.
  • The 1986 reunion helped attract a crowd of 55,085, New York's eighth sellout of the season.
 
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Players of the Game
New York

L. Milledge
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B4110002 .302
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4000001 .275
Todd Helton, 1B4010001 .294
Matt Holliday, LF4120011 .328
Garrett Atkins, 3B4113001 .308
Yorvit Torrealba, C4121000 .265
Clint Barmes, SS4010000 .235
Choo Freeman, CF1000001 .247
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF1010000 .282
Jeff Francis, P2000012 .080
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .500
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH0000100 .293
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals32494129 
a-singled for Freeman in the 7th
b-walked for Ramirez in the 7th
Batting
HR - Garrett Atkins (21, Hernandez), Yorvit Torrealba (6, D. Williams)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (87), Yorvit Torrealba (40)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins 3 (24)
CS - Choo Freeman (5, 2nd base by D. Williams/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Carroll
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (4)
E - Garrett Atkins (16, ), Matt Holliday (5, )
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (L,9-10) 5.2562320 3.38
Ramon Ramirez 0.1000100 2.88
Ray King 1100000 4.09
Manuel Corpas 1111001 2.40
IBB - Wright by Jeff Francis, by Franco
HBP - Milledge (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 105-67, Ramon Ramirez 10-4, Ray King 18-13, Manuel Corpas 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 8-8, Ray King 1-1, Manuel Corpas 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 27, Ramon Ramirez 2, Ray King 3, Manuel Corpas 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3001102 .295
Paul Lo Duca, C4110003 .308
Carlos Beltran, CF3101000 .289
Carlos Delgado, 1B4121010 .256
David Wright, 3B3100101 .303
Chris Woodward, 2B4000012 .227
Lastings Milledge, RF3232000 .238
Endy Chavez, LF2000001 .296
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH0000100 .274
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH1000000 .209
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Dave Williams, P1000001 .077
    Michael Tucker, LF2111100 .261
Totals307764210 
a-was walked intentionally for Hernandez in the 6th
b-grounded out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (29, Francis), Carlos Delgado (21, King)
HR - Lastings Milledge (4, Corpas)
SF - Carlos Beltran (6)
RBI - Jose Reyes (61), Carlos Beltran (100), Carlos Delgado (79), Lastings Milledge 2 (17), Michael Tucker (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (31), Lastings Milledge (10), Michael Tucker (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Wright-Woodward-Delgado, Wright-Woodward-Delgado
New York Mets
Dave Williams 5.2633021 6.90
Roberto Hernandez 0.1211001 3.14
Aaron Heilman (H,21; W,2-4) 2100100 3.99
Billy Wagner (S,30) 1000000 2.31
HBP - Freeman (by Dave Williams)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Williams 102-71, Roberto Hernandez 5-3, Aaron Heilman 29-18, Billy Wagner 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Williams 4-9, Aaron Heilman 4-1, Billy Wagner 1-2
Batters Faced - Dave Williams 22, Roberto Hernandez 2, Aaron Heilman 7, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55085
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - John Hirschbeck