|N.Y. Mets «||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||1||4||7||0|
But he still had his sense of humor.
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."
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."
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.
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.
|John Maine delivers a solid outing for the Mets, giving up two hits in 6 1/3 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
Majestic New York Mets Jacket
$64.99 Shop Now!
|New York Mets|
|Endy Chavez, RF-CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|Shawn Green, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|David Wright, 3B||3||1||2||1||1||0||0|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||3||0||1||2||0||1||3|
|Jose Valentin, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2|
|Anderson Hernandez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|John Maine, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|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,-)||6.1||2||2||2||1||3||2|
|Pedro Feliciano (H,)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Aaron Heilman (H,)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Billy Wagner (S,)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0|
|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|
|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Craig Biggio, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Mike Lamb, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0|
|a- Jason Lane, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2|
|Aubrey Huff, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|b- Chris Burke, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Luke Scott, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Adam Everett, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Brad Ausmus, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jason Hirsh, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|c- Morgan Ensberg, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Orlando Palmeiro, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-walked for Lamb in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Huff in the 9th|
|c-walked for Hirsh in the 6th|
|2B - Craig Biggio (, Wagner)|
|HR - Mike Lamb (, Maine), Lance Berkman (, Maine)|
|RBI - Mike Lamb (), Lance Berkman ()|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Biggio-Everett-Berkman|
|E - Craig Biggio (, ), Jason Hirsh (, )|
|Jason Hirsh (L,-)||6||5||3||1||1||4||0|
|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|
|Attendance - 43218|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Paul Nauert|