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WASHINGTON -- Manager Willie Randolph was long gone, ejected for arguing a call. One starter left with an injury, all the position players had been used, and the bullpen was getting thin, too, as the game dragged on into the 12th inning.
"There were a lot of twists and turns," Randolph said. "It was a little bit of everything."
Beltran grounded a ball down the line just past first baseman Robert Fick to snap a 2-2 tie, and Wright's single to left tacked on two more runs. Both hits came off Ryan Wagner after Saul Rivera (0-1) loaded the bases.
"I didn't hit the ball that well," Beltran said, "but it went through."
The go-ahead runs capped a wild game that also included Washington starter Jerome Williams holding New York without a hit for 5 1/3 innings, a run that scored on a wild pitch, and a blown save by Nationals closer Chad Cordero.
"We kept scratching and clawing," Randolph said.
Ronnie Belliard drove in Washington's two runs with RBI doubles off Tom Glavine in the sixth and Aaron Heilman in the eighth. So the Nationals led 2-1 heading to the ninth, with Cordero aiming for his third save in three days. He was an out away, too, with no one on.
"That's the situation I want," Washington manager Manny Acta said.
Endy Chavez, pinch-running for Green, slid around rookie catcher Jesus Flores' tag to beat the throw from right fielder Austin Kearns. While Chavez rose and pumped a fist, Flores turned to the umpire to plead his case, to no avail.
"We let 'em off the hook," Acta said.
The Mets didn't have many chances early on, thanks to a suddenly effective Williams. He was 0-4 with an 7.77 ERA coming in but held the Mets without a hit until Beltran delivered a no-doubt single to center with one out in the sixth.
Williams got plenty of help, particularly from third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and particularly in the fifth inning. When Easley led off the fifth with a sharp grounder, Zimmerman backed up and backhanded the ball on the grass before turning to barely throw him out at first. An out later, Zimmerman went to his knees behind the bag, popped up and threw out the speedy Reyes with a one-hop throw. Zimmerman punched the air and let out a yell.
Williams (zero runs, one hit, five walks) left with a sprained left ankle after walking the first batter in the seventh. New York's first run came in that inning off reliever Jesus Colome and was unearned: Green scored on a wild pitch after reaching third on a throwing error by -- of all people -- Zimmerman.
Washington went ahead 1-0 in an unusual sixth.
With one out, Williams hit a shot to left field and trotted out of the batter's box, admiring the trajectory and smiling, as if to say, "Hey! That's my first big league homer!" But the ball hit the base of the wall, and Williams wound up with a single.
"It's uncalled for, something like that," Williams said, chastising himself for jogging. "I kicked myself in the butt for that."
He said he hurt his ankle on that swing.
Felipe Lopez followed with a grounder to shortstop Reyes that appeared to be tailor-made for an inning-ending double play. Reyes flipped to second to get Williams, but Lopez was called safe on the relay to first. Randolph came out to argue with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo and was tossed. Belliard then doubled to left.
|Tom Glavine allows only one run on three hits in six innings but doesn't earn a decision. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||1||0||2||0||2||.344|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||1||0||0||1||0||4||.225|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||5||1||2||2||1||0||2||.333|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||0||0||2||1||3||.187|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||2||2||0||2||.265|
|Moises Alou, LF||6||0||0||0||0||1||4||.367|
|Shawn Green, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.365|
|Endy Chavez, PR-RF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.389|
|Jose Valentin, 2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Tom Glavine, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|a- David Newhan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Julio Franco, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Joe Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Sele, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ramon Castro, PH-C||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|a-grounded out for Glavine in the 7th|
|b-singled for Schoeneweis in the 9th|
|c-walked for Sele in the 12th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (9, Wagner), Damion Easley (2, Rivera)|
|SH - Paul Lo Duca (2)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (21), David Wright 2 (6), Julio Franco (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Julio Franco (2)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (14, 2nd base off Williams/Flores)|
|CS - Jose Reyes (3, 3rd base by Bowie/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|New York Mets|
|Aaron Sele (W,1-0)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||5.23|
|HBP - Zimmerman (by Aaron Heilman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 77-45, Aaron Heilman 30-21, Scott Schoeneweis 5-3, Joe Smith 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 33-15, Aaron Sele 21-11, Billy Wagner 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 10-5, Aaron Heilman 2-3, Pedro Feliciano 2-1, Aaron Sele 1-2, Billy Wagner 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 21, Aaron Heilman 9, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Joe Smith 1, Pedro Feliciano 7, Aaron Sele 5, Billy Wagner 5|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||6||1||1||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||6||0||3||2||0||0||1||.290|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.245|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.262|
|Chad Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Josh Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.071|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Schneider, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.192|
|Austin Kearns, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Ryan Church, CF||1||0||0||0||4||1||0||.289|
|Michael Restovich, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.174|
|Chris Snelling, LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.217|
|Jesus Flores, C||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Jerome Williams, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Micah Bowie, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.071|
|Robert Fick, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.130|
|a-lined out for Rauch in the 10th|
|b-struck out for Wagner in the 12th|
|c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Bowie in the 8th|
|2B - Ronnie Belliard 2 (5, Glavine, Heilman)|
|SH - D'Angelo Jimenez (2)|
|RBI - Ronnie Belliard 2 (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard 2 (5)|
|CS - Felipe Lopez (3, 2nd base by Glavine/Lo Duca)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Belliard-Zimmerman-Young, Zimmerman-Belliard-Young, F. Lopez-Belliard-Fick, F. Lopez-Belliard|
|E - Ryan Zimmerman (6, Throwing)|
|Jesus Colome (BS,1)||1.1||1||1||0||2||0||0||2.60|
|Chad Cordero (BS,3)||1||3||1||1||1||0||0||5.11|
|Saul Rivera (L,0-1)||1||2||3||3||1||0||0||3.86|
|IBB - Beltran by Jesus Colome, Delgado by Ryan Wagner|
|WP - Jerome Williams (2), Jesus Colome (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 79-38, Jesus Colome 17-8, Micah Bowie 5-3, Chad Cordero 20-12, Jon Rauch 11-8, Saul Rivera 22-12, Ryan Wagner 10-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 9-7, Jesus Colome 4-0, Chad Cordero 1-1, Jon Rauch 2-1, Saul Rivera 3-0, Ryan Wagner 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 23, Jesus Colome 7, Micah Bowie 1, Chad Cordero 6, Jon Rauch 3, Saul Rivera 6, Ryan Wagner 5|
|Attendance - 29292|
|Game Time - 3:59|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover|