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Mets pull out stunner, score five in ninth to sting Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets spent most of the afternoon resting up for the Subway Series. Then in one sudden burst, they went rushing into their biggest rivalry.

Carlos Delgado's two-run single capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and set off a wild celebration at home plate, and the Mets startled the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Thursday.

"This is going to give us great momentum going into the weekend," Delgado said.

Manager Willie Randolph started a makeshift lineup because the Mets' rain-delayed, 8-1 win Wednesday night ended at 12:53 a.m. ET. David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes were among those scheduled to have a day off.

Instead, Wright and Beltran contributed as pinch hitters and the Mets, boosted by key hits from Carlos Gomez, Ruben Gotay and David Newhan, pulled off their biggest ninth-inning comeback since 1999.

"Nice job by my A-minus boys" Randolph said.

Delgado's one-out single gave the Mets a final thrill -- and their seventh win in nine games -- going into Friday night's opener against the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella watched relievers Ryan Dempster (1-2) and Scott Eyre blow the big lead. They lost for the sixth time in eight games, and headed back to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

"I just lost the game. There's not much to say," Dempster said. "It's tough for the other guys to clean up my garbage."

The Mets did little for eight innings and, with 48-year-old Julio Franco drawing big cheers for making easy plays at third base, the game took on a spring-training feel. Center fielder Endy Chavez lost track of the outs after catching a fly ball and Newhan threw away a routine grounder to second base.

That all changed in the ninth.

Down 5-1, the Mets got going when Newhan led off with a single and Gomez singled with one out. Piniella went to the mound to lecture Dempster, who loaded the bases with a walk to Beltran.

Chavez drew a walk that forced home a run, and Gotay's RBI single brought Eyre from the bullpen. Wright batted for Shawn Green and hit a single that made it 5-4.

"The guys were not trying to win the game with one swing," Wright said. "Especially after you have a couple of good at-bats early in the inning, the energy level goes up. Nobody wanted to make those last two outs."

Delgado, who grounded into a double play earlier, did better this time with a grounder just beyond the reach of diving second baseman Ryan Theriot. As the ball rolled into right field, The Mets spilled from the dugout to embrace Delgado and everyone else who contributed to the stunning comeback.

The previous time the Mets overcame a four-run deficit in the ninth to win was May 23, 1999, when they scored five times off Curt Schilling to beat Philadelphia 5-4, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I'll tell you the truth, these guys have to do it. I don't know what else to say," Piniella said.

Ambiorix Burgos (1-0) won in relief.

Until the end, Chicago's Angel Guzman had been in position for his first big league win. He had been 0-6 in 21 previous appearances in the majors, including 12 starts.

Guzman gave up one run and six hits in five innings. He tweaked his hamstrings while batting in the sixth and left the game.

Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for the Cubs.

In the fourth, Ramirez roped an RBI single on a liner that hit halfway up the left-field wall. The ball hooked into the corner and Ramirez stood at the plate, apparently thinking it would either be foul or a home run.

Ramirez left no doubt with a two-run drive in the sixth for his 10th homer. He and Alfonso Soriano enjoyed a laugh on their way back to the dugout.

Former Mets minor leaguer Angel Pagan also hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jason Vargas.

Vargas was called up from Triple-A New Orleans early Thursday when outfielder Moises Alou was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quadriceps.

Vargas, who began last year in Florida's rotation, was 2-3 with a 5.30 ERA in the minors this season. He got this start after Mike Pelfrey was sent down with an 0-5 record.

New York's first run came on Green's RBI single in the fifth. The Mets missed a chance to get more when Delgado grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.

Notes

  • Reyes was held out as a precaution after he left Wednesday night's game with slight tightness in his left hamstring. He's expected to be fine for the Yankees series.
  • Cubs 1B Derrek Lee missed his fourth straight game because of neck spasms. The Cubs hope he can play Friday.
 
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Manager Willie Randolph joins in the wild celebration at the plate after the five-run rally in the ninth. (AP)
Manager Willie Randolph joins in the wild celebration at the plate after the five-run rally in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

R. Gotay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, 2B4110001 .300
Angel Pagan, CF4222000 .412
Alfonso Soriano, LF4110011 .291
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4123000 .264
Matt Murton, RF4000011 .275
Mark DeRosa, 1B3000000 .233
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1000000 .500
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
Henry Blanco, C4000010 .214
Cesar Izturis, SS3000000 .272
Angel Guzman, P2000010 .000
    Daryle Ward, 1B1000000 .296
Totals3456504  
a-flied out for Ohman in the 9th
Batting
HR - Angel Pagan (2, Vargas), Aramis Ramirez (10, Vargas)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (3), Aramis Ramirez 3 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (12)
SB - Angel Pagan (2, 2nd base off Vargas/Castro)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Theriot-DeRosa, Guzman-Izturis-DeRosa
Chicago Cubs
Angel Guzman 5611240 3.18
Michael Wuertz 1.1000100 1.93
Will Ohman 1.2000040 4.50
Ryan Dempster (L,1-2) 0.1355200 4.66
Scott Eyre (BS,3)0200000 8.10
HBP - Gomez (by Angel Guzman)
Pitches-Strikes - Angel Guzman 75-49, Michael Wuertz 14-9, Will Ohman 23-18, Ryan Dempster 26-15, Scott Eyre 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Angel Guzman 7-2, Michael Wuertz 2-2, Will Ohman 1-0
Batters Faced - Angel Guzman 22, Michael Wuertz 5, Will Ohman 5, Ryan Dempster 6, Scott Eyre 2
New York Mets
Endy Chavez, CF4221111 .353
Ruben Gotay, SS4122111 .217
Shawn Green, RF4020002 .327
   a- David Wright, PH1011000 .279
Carlos Delgado, 1B5012022 .216
Julio Franco, 3B4000030 .160
David Newhan, 2B3120110 .200
Ramon Castro, C3000102 .244
Carlos Gomez, LF3110003 .417
Jason Vargas, P1000000 .000
   b- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .281
    Ambiorix Burgos, P0000000 .000
   c- Carlos Beltran, PH0100100 .305
Totals33611658  
a-singled for Green in the 9th
b-grounded out for Vargas in the 7th
c-walked for Burgos in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ruben Gotay (1, Guzman)
SH - Jason Vargas (1)
RBI - Endy Chavez (7), Ruben Gotay 2 (5), David Wright (20), Carlos Delgado 2 (21)
SB - Endy Chavez (1, 2nd base off Guzman/Blanco), David Newhan (1, 2nd base off Guzman/Blanco)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - David Newhan (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
Jason Vargas 7655022 6.43
Ambiorix Burgos (W,1-0) 2000020 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 90-59, Ambiorix Burgos 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 5-15, Ambiorix Burgos 1-3
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 28, Ambiorix Burgos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42667
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Chad Fairchild