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N.Y. Mets (48-38) «20100000000025170
Houston (38-50)00000000000003100

Beltran comes up big for Mets in grinding 17-inning game vs. Astros

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Carlos Beltran spent a lot of time catching fly balls on the hill in center field when he played for the Houston Astros.

On Saturday night, all that work three years ago paid off as Beltran made a saving, circus catch before hitting the go-ahead single in the 17th inning of the New York Mets' 5-3 win over Houston.

"When I was in Houston I took flies with (first base coach) Chao (Jose) Cruz almost every day, working on that hill," he said. "You work on that, but you don't know if it's going to happen in the game."

It was the Mets' longest game since 1993 and the 17 innings matched the most in the majors this season -- the Dodgers and Padres also played that many in April.

Houston threatened to win it in the 14th, putting a runner on third with two outs. Luke Scott launched a long drive to center field and Beltran ran up the grass hill and caught the ball while falling down.

"Carlos made an unbelievable catch out in center field on that crazy hill out there," manager Willie Randolph said. "I don't know why they try to be too creative in these ballparks and build something silly like that."

As he watched Beltran race out to the hill, teammate David Wright thought about how glad he was that Beltran was familiar with the ballpark.

"Thankfully he played here for a little while, because if you don't play here for a little bit of time you don't make that play," Wright said. "Just him being here having that experience of playing that hill before definitely helped him make the play."

Said Scott of the play: "Considering the situation, it was about as good as it gets."

Although Beltran has mastered playing on the hill, he wouldn't include one if he ever gets the chance to design a ballpark.

"No way. Of course not," he said with a laugh.

In the 11th, Beltran ran a long way and jumped to catch Carlos Lee's long drive to the wall in right-center.

Beltran was 0-for-6 before his tiebreaking hit. Wright, whose solo homer in the seventh made it 3-all, followed with an RBI single.

"It was one of those classic games and it was great to win it -- to be a part of it," Randolph said.

It was the Mets' longest game since beating St. Louis 1-0 in 17 innings on Sept. 29, 1993. The Astros lost an 18-inning game against Pittsburgh last season.

These teams have played marathon games in the past.

The Mets beat Houston 7-6 in 16 innings at the Astrodome to win Game 6 of the 1986 NL Championship Series and advance to the World Series.

Back in 1968, the Mets and Astros played a 24-inning game that Houston won 1-0.

Aaron Sele (2-0) struck out two in two innings for this win. Former Astros closer Billy Wagner got his 17th save, ending a game that took five hours, 10 minutes. Wagner started warming up in the eighth inning and said he was worn out by the time he entered the game after throwing about 12 pitches each time he prepared to go.

"I was so dadgum goofy by the time I got in the game I didn't know what was going on," Wagner said.

Brian Moehler (1-3) took the loss.

The teams combined to use 16 pitchers. Tom Glavine, three wins shy of 300 for his career, started for the Mets and gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings.

All-Star Jose Reyes, benched in the eighth inning Friday night for failing to run out a groundball, drew a one-out walk in the 17th and sprinted to third on Ruben Gotay's hit-and-run single to left. Beltran followed with a sharp single to right.

Reyes, leading the majors in stolen bases, swiped the 200th base of his career in the 10th.

Hunter Pence singled in the Houston 15th and Lee was intentionally walked with one out. Morgan Ensberg grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Burke got on base twice in extra innings for Houston. He singled in the 12th, moved up on a sacrifice and stole third, but was stranded when Brad Ausmus grounded out and Pence struck out.

In the 14th, Burke was hit by a pitch and eventually made it to third. Scott pinch-hit and nearly won it, but tossed his helmet in the air after Beltran made the catch.

"We had bunches of chances, we just didn't punch them across the board," Astros manager Phil Garner said.

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer off Astros starter Woody Williams.

Notes

  • Craig Biggio got hit No. 3,013 on a broken-bat single in the fourth.
  • Delgado's home run was the 421st of his career and gave him sole possession of 39th on the all-time list.
  • Williams has allowed 21 homers, most in the NL.
  • Wagner got his 341st save to tie Rollie Fingers for 8th place on the all-time list.
 
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Carlos Beltran connects for an RBI single in the 17th after making a spectacular catch in the 14th.  (AP)
Carlos Beltran connects for an RBI single in the 17th after making a spectacular catch in the 14th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Burke
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

D. Wright
AB 8
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS7120111 .306
Ruben Gotay, 2B8130023 .324
Carlos Beltran, CF7011122 .264
David Wright, 3B8242022 .293
Carlos Delgado, 1B7122113 .241
Paul Lo Duca, C8000035 .274
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Shawn Green, RF7030011 .279
Ricky Ledee, LF6010031 .222
Tom Glavine, P2000001 .290
   a- David Newhan, PH1000010 .196
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Valentin, PH1000000 .250
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1010000 .200
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   d- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .260
    Aaron Sele, P1000000 .000
    Ramon Castro, C0000000 .299
Totals655175316  
a-struck out for Glavine in the 8th
b-popped out for Feliciano in the 10th
c-singled for Mota in the 12th
d-popped out for Smith in the 15th
Batting
HR - David Wright (16, Williams), Carlos Delgado (14, Williams)
SH - Ricky Ledee (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (53), David Wright 2 (51), Carlos Delgado 2 (49)
SB - Jose Reyes (44, 2nd base off Wheeler/Ausmus), Ruben Gotay (2, 2nd base off Moehler/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Delgado-Reyes-Gotay, Wright-Delgado
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 7533110 4.36
Aaron Heilman 1.2200000 3.83
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 2.51
Guillermo Mota 2000120 6.65
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100100 5.57
Joe Smith 2.1000110 2.75
Aaron Sele (W,2-0) 2100120 4.80
Billy Wagner (S,17) 1100000 1.64
IBB - Lee by Aaron Sele
HBP - Biggio (by Joe Smith), Burke (by Joe Smith)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 106-58, Aaron Heilman 20-13, Pedro Feliciano 3-3, Guillermo Mota 35-18, Scott Schoeneweis 18-10, Joe Smith 31-20, Aaron Sele 20-12, Billy Wagner 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 6-13, Aaron Heilman 2-3, Guillermo Mota 3-1, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0, Joe Smith 3-3, Aaron Sele 3-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 26, Aaron Heilman 7, Pedro Feliciano 1, Guillermo Mota 7, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Joe Smith 10, Aaron Sele 7, Billy Wagner 4
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B5010011 .259
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .222
   a- Luke Scott, PH1000002 .227
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
    Eric Munson, 1B1010000 .250
Hunter Pence, CF8110016 .341
Mark Loretta, 1B-SS7000002 .314
Carlos Lee, LF5120200 .296
Morgan Ensberg, 3B7122013 .209
Chris Burke, RF-2B6031011 .228
Eric Bruntlett, SS3000001 .278
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Lance Berkman, PH1000012 .263
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
   c- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-RF1000000 .265
    Mark McLemore, P0000000 .000
Brad Ausmus, C6000112 .253
Woody Williams, P2000010 .111
    Mike Lamb, 1B-RF2000200 .295
Totals55310357  
a-flied out for Albers in the 14th
b-struck out for Qualls in the 9th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Miller in the 12th
Batting
2B - Morgan Ensberg (8, Glavine)
3B - Chris Burke (1, Glavine)
SH - Mark Loretta (2), Orlando Palmeiro 2 (2), Mike Lamb (1)
RBI - Morgan Ensberg 2 (23), Chris Burke (9)
2-OUT RBI - Morgan Ensberg 2 (9), Chris Burke (7)
SB - Chris Burke (6, 3rd base off Schoeneweis/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Bruntlett-Biggio-Loretta
Houston Astros
Woody Williams 7.2533162 5.34
Chad Qualls 1.1300010 4.19
Dan Wheeler 2200030 5.83
Dave Borkowski 0.1200000 4.58
Trever Miller 0.2000010 6.75
Matt Albers 2000030 5.71
Brian Moehler (L,1-3) 2.1522200 5.57
Mark McLemore 0.2000020 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 112-76, Chad Qualls 17-13, Dan Wheeler 23-19, Dave Borkowski 13-8, Trever Miller 6-4, Matt Albers 20-17, Brian Moehler 55-38, Mark McLemore 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 13-3, Chad Qualls 1-1, Dave Borkowski 1-0, Trever Miller 1-0, Matt Albers 2-1, Brian Moehler 4-3
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 28, Chad Qualls 6, Dan Wheeler 8, Dave Borkowski 3, Trever Miller 2, Matt Albers 6, Brian Moehler 14, Mark McLemore 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41596
Game Time - 5:09
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Larry Vanover