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Delgado's homer, his second of the game, gives Mets win in 12

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes juked, bluffed and faked a mad dash, anything to rattle Armando Benitez.

Surprisingly, it paid off -- twice.

Moments after Reyes provoked the excitable reliever into his second balk of the 12th inning, Carlos Delgado hit his second homer of the game to lift the New York Mets over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Tuesday night.

"I just tried to put some pressure on him," Reyes said, "and it worked."

With the ballpark still buzzing after Reyes trotted home with the tying run, Delgado's shot gave the Mets their fourth straight win. The NL East leaders posted their 15th come-from-behind victory.

"We're good at it," Delgado said.

Minus Barry Bonds from the starting lineup, the Giants dropped their fourth in a row.

"That's a tough one to lose," manager Bruce Bochy said.

A strange one, too.

After Omar Vizquel barely beat Delgado's throw home to put San Francisco ahead 4-3 in the top of the 12th, the Mets rallied.

Reyes drew a leadoff walk from Benitez (0-3) and moved up on a balk. It was hard to tell exactly what first base umpire Bob Davidson saw -- his nickname in baseball is "Balkin' Bob" for his frequent balk calls.

Benitez "started and stopped," crew chief Randy Marsh said, speaking on behalf of the umpires. Countered Benitez: "I don't think so."

A sacrifice by Endy Chavez moved Reyes to third, and he stayed there when Carlos Beltran grounded out.

Reyes then began dancing down the third-base line. Suddenly, Benitez seemed to break his hands apart and Reyes was waved home by a couple of the umpires.

"I think he was startled by Reyes," Marsh said. "Both balks were pretty obvious."

Bochy wasn't sure about the first call. The second time, he said, Benitez "did flinch."

Benitez stalked around on the mound and, without much time to compose himself, served up Delgado's 414th career home run. While the Mets celebrated, Benitez walked with his head down toward the bench. The former Mets reliever threw his glove as he neared the dugout.

"It's not my problem," Delgado said. "His job is to pitch and my job is to hit."

Joe Smith (2-0) got the win despite giving up the go-ahead run.

Randy Winn led off the game with a home run, and it was his RBI grounder in the 12th that put the Giants ahead.

Vizquel, whose brilliant stop saved the Giants in the ninth, opened the 12th with a walk. He made it to third and Winn followed with a hard, one-hopper to Delgado. The first baseman elected to step on the bag, spun and threw home.

It was a strong peg, but Vizquel managed to slide past Lo Duca. Mets manager Willie Randolph and Lo Duca argued with Marsh -- replays appeared to show the call was correct.

The lead did not last long, with Benitez blowing a save chance for the second time in 11 tries.

"I lost the game," Benitez said.

Only twice in the entire season last year did a pitcher balk twice in an inning, with Orlando Hernandez and Runelvys Hernandez the offenders, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Davidson worked the Orlando Hernandez game.

This was the first time since Mike Jackson in 1998 that a pitcher balked twice in the ninth inning or later, Elias added.

Bonds did not start, as expected. Bochy wants to give his star more rest, and sat him down following Monday's off-day.

The ballpark erupted in boos when the slugger with 746 career home runs walked as a pinch-hitter in the 10th. The crowd of 47,940 loudly hollered, shouted and chanted at Bonds every moment he was on the field.

Bonds got to third when Kevin Frandsen's two-out double bounced into the stands, and was left there after Rich Aurilia lined out.

Daniel Ortmeier, subbing for Bonds in left field, hit his first major league homer to make it 3-all in the seventh. Bengie Molina also homered for the Giants.

Giants rookie Tim Lincecum and Mets lefty Oliver Perez left after seven innings with the game tied at 3. They pitched better than the scoreboard showed.

A magic-marker board in the Giants' clubhouse with their pregame schedule also listed Lincecum, with this notation next to his name: "Bring It!"

Lincecum retired the first 11 hitters and consistently threw in mid-to-upper 90s. He gave up three hits, including a homer to Delgado, and struck out eight.

Perez also fanned eight, and walked none. He set down 14 straight batters after Molina homered in the first.

Beltran drew a two-out walk in the fourth and Delgado homered, tying it at 2.

The Mets took the lead in the sixth when Reyes led off with a single and streaked home on Beltran's double.

While Bonds did not appear until later, the boo-birds were out early.

A man standing behind the Mets' dugout held up a sign that taunted "Barroid" before the game began. Team security asked the man to hand over the placard, and he complied -- it's part of Major League Baseball's plan to keep peace in the stands.

Notes

  • Delgado tied Darrell Evans for 40th place on the career homer list. It was Delgado's 42nd lifetime multihomer game, and his fifth game-ending home run.
  • Vizquel also made a nifty barehanded grab in the fourth when a bouncer by Endy Chavez took a sideways hop.
 
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The Mets celebrate with Carlos Delgado, who hits the game-winning homer in the 12th inning.  (AP)
The Mets celebrate with Carlos Delgado, who hits the game-winning homer in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
San Francisco

R. Winn
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, CF6122001 .313
Kevin Frandsen, 2B5010112 .277
Rich Aurilia, 1B5000004 .224
Bengie Molina, C5111020 .311
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000120 .250
Daniel Ortmeier, LF5111011 .333
Omar Vizquel, SS4110121 .233
Fred Lewis, RF4000021 .254
Tim Lincecum, P2000020 .000
   a- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1000010 .263
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Correia, P00000001.000
   b- Barry Bonds, PH0000100 .275
    Russ Ortiz, P0000000 .182
   c- Mark Sweeney, PH0000000 .171
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Totals41464413  
a-struck out for Lincecum in the 8th
b-walked for Correia in the 10th
c-hit by pitch for Ortiz in the 12th
Batting
2B - Kevin Frandsen (2, Schoeneweis)
HR - Randy Winn (4, Perez), Bengie Molina (5, Perez), Daniel Ortmeier (1, Perez)
SH - Fred Lewis (1)
RBI - Randy Winn 2 (19), Bengie Molina (31), Daniel Ortmeier (4)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (23), Daniel Ortmeier (1)
SB - Randy Winn (3, 2nd base off Perez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum 7333381 3.24
Brad Hennessey 1000000 2.95
Kevin Correia 1100100 3.38
Russ Ortiz 2100210 5.50
Armando Benitez (BS,2; L,0-3) 0.2122101 4.67
IBB - Delgado by Tim Lincecum, Lo Duca by Kevin Correia
HBP - Delgado (by Russ Ortiz)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 112-71, Brad Hennessey 14-8, Kevin Correia 20-12, Russ Ortiz 51-29, Armando Benitez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-7, Brad Hennessey 1-2, Kevin Correia 2-1, Russ Ortiz 2-3, Armando Benitez 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Brad Hennessey 3, Kevin Correia 5, Russ Ortiz 10, Armando Benitez 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4210200 .311
Endy Chavez, LF5000002 .318
Carlos Beltran, CF4111211 .295
Carlos Delgado, 1B4223100 .239
David Wright, 3B5010025 .267
Paul Lo Duca, C3000212 .322
Damion Easley, 2B5000013 .265
Carlos Gomez, RF3000021 .217
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000002 .188
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .242
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
Oliver Perez, P2000021 .304
   c- David Newhan, PH1000000 .189
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Ben Johnson, RF2000001 .000
Totals4056479  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Gomez in the 9th
b-singled for Heilman in the 11th
c-grounded out for Perez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (13, Lincecum), David Wright (12, Correia)
HR - Carlos Delgado 2 (7, Lincecum, Benitez)
SH - Endy Chavez (4)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (34), Carlos Delgado 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado 3 (14)
Team LOB - 9
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 7533083 2.69
Pedro Feliciano 1000110 0.96
Billy Wagner 1000120 1.57
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100100 5.95
Aaron Heilman 1.1000010 3.47
Joe Smith (W,2-0) 1011110 1.59
HBP - Sweeney (by Joe Smith)
WP - Joe Smith (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 98-64, Pedro Feliciano 14-6, Billy Wagner 18-8, Scott Schoeneweis 13-6, Aaron Heilman 16-11, Joe Smith 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 5-8, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 26, Pedro Feliciano 4, Billy Wagner 4, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Aaron Heilman 4, Joe Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 47940
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt