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Beltran injures knee, Mets win over sloppy Astros

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- After injuring his left knee making an impressive leaping catch in the ninth inning that likely saved the New York Mets win, Carlos Beltran couldn't bend it.

But he still had his sense of humor.

Beltran crashed into the left field wall when making a catch on a long fly by Lance Berkman in the ninth inning that preserved New York's 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Playing against the team that he snubbed in favor of signing with the Mets in 2004, Beltran was roundly booed each time he batted or came near the ball.

When asked how Saturday's collision compared to the violent collision he had with teammate Mike Cameron last season, Beltran said that one was much worse because he didn't know where he was.

"It's totally different. Today I knew where I was. After I heard the boos I knew I was in Houston," he said with a chuckle.

Beltran said a former Mets doctor who was visiting team trainers examined his knee and said there were no torn ligaments, but he was going to a local hospital for X-rays since he could not bend his knee.

"He made a great catch, unbelievable catch," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He went all out and sacrificed his body, that's why he's one of the great players in the game."

Said Astros manager Phil Garner: "Carlos perhaps saved the game. Two runs probably score if he doesn't make that play, and it's certainly tied up. I didn't think it was catchable. He came out of nowhere."

Both of Beltran's knees were marked from crashing into the chain-link fence and his left knee was scraped and swollen. He was limping around the clubhouse but said he was not in pain.

After the catch, he made the throw and then went down to the ground. After being tended to by the trainers for a few minutes, Beltran walked off gingerly with help.

"My left knee went into it (the fence) and hit the patella tendon so when I came down that's why I was limping," he said. "I couldn't put pressure on the knee. So I went down and I couldn't stretch it out by myself or bend it."

Cliff Floyd had a double and two RBI in his return from the disabled list to back rookie John Maine's strong pitching before Beltran's catch.

Floyd, activated from the 15-day DL before the game, had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a run-scoring double in the ninth to help the Mets to their 13th win in the last 15 games. He had been out since Aug. 9 with an Achilles' tendon injury.

Maine (5-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up just two hits, but they were both home runs, and struck out three. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances.

The Astros, who have the fewest errors in the National League with 63, were uncharacteristically sloppy against New York.

"We gift wrapped it for them there's no question about it," Garner said. "We gave them the game."

In the fourth, Paul Lo Duca scored when a hard-hit grounder by David Wright rolled right between Craig Biggio's legs and into center field.

Floyd's sacrifice fly later in the inning made it 2-0. Wright, who has 106 RBI this season, got caught trying to steal second base to end the inning.

Houston starter Jason Hirsh, also a rookie, dropped a short toss when covering first, allowing Beltran to reach in the sixth. Carlos Delgado followed with a single that sent Beltran to third.

A wild pitch by Hirsh allowed Beltran to score and make it 3-1.

Maine retired the first 12 batters, before Berkman's homer to left field to lead off the fifth inning. It was Berkman's 37th home run of the season and his 112th RBI, tying him with Beltran for second in the National League.

Mike Lamb's home run to the upper deck in right center field in the seventh made it 3-2. Maine was replaced by Pedro Feliciano after Beltran caught a long fly by Berkman just in front of the center field wall.

Saturday was Maine's second meeting with the Astros. He threw a shutout in New York's 7-0 win over Houston on July 21. He has allowed three or fewer runs in eight of 11 starts.

The 24-year-old Hirsh (2-3) allowed five hits and three runs in six innings while striking out four in his fifth major league start.

Notes

  • Lo Duca had a single in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Hirsh was named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year after posting a 12-3 record with a 2.10 ERA for Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Pedro Martinez, on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain, threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday in Florida.
 
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John Maine delivers a solid outing for the Mets, giving up two hits in 6 1/3 innings.  (AP)
John Maine delivers a solid outing for the Mets, giving up two hits in 6 1/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Maine
IP 6.1
H 2
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
New York

C. Floyd
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Endy Chavez, RF-CF4000011
Paul Lo Duca, C4110000
Carlos Beltran, CF4210000
    Shawn Green, RF0000000
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010001
David Wright, 3B3121100
Cliff Floyd, LF3012013
Jose Valentin, 2B4010022
Anderson Hernandez, SS4000012
John Maine, P3000021
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000
Totals334731710 
Batting
2B - Cliff Floyd (, Miller)
SF - Cliff Floyd ()
RBI - David Wright (), Cliff Floyd 2 ()
SB - Jose Valentin (, 2nd base off Hirsh/Ausmus)
CS - David Wright (, 2nd base by Hirsh/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
John Maine (W,-) 6.1222132
Pedro Feliciano (H,) 0.2000010
Aaron Heilman (H,) 1000000
Billy Wagner (S,) 1100110
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 95-61, Pedro Feliciano 9-5, Aaron Heilman 11-8, Billy Wagner 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 5-11, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 22, Pedro Feliciano 2, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 5
Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4000001
Craig Biggio, 2B4010001
Mike Lamb, 3B3111000
   a- Jason Lane, PH0000100
Lance Berkman, 1B4111012
Aubrey Huff, RF3000020
   b- Chris Burke, PH1000012
Luke Scott, LF3000000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000
    Trever Miller, P0000000
Adam Everett, SS3000010
Brad Ausmus, C3000000
Jason Hirsh, P1000000
   c- Morgan Ensberg, PH0000100
    Russ Springer, P0000000
    Orlando Palmeiro, LF1000000
Totals30232256 
a-walked for Lamb in the 9th
b-struck out for Huff in the 9th
c-walked for Hirsh in the 6th
Batting
2B - Craig Biggio (, Wagner)
HR - Mike Lamb (, Maine), Lance Berkman (, Maine)
RBI - Mike Lamb (), Lance Berkman ()
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Biggio-Everett-Berkman
E - Craig Biggio (, ), Jason Hirsh (, )
Houston Astros
Jason Hirsh (L,-) 6531140
Russ Springer 1000010
Chad Qualls 1.1111000
Trever Miller 0.2100020
IBB - Wright by Jason Hirsh
WP - Jason Hirsh ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 95-61, Russ Springer 18-13, Chad Qualls 18-13, Trever Miller 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 7-7, Chad Qualls 4-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 24, Russ Springer 3, Chad Qualls 5, Trever Miller 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43218
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert