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Ambres' first hit in nearly two years wins it for Mets in 10th

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LOS ANGELES -- Somewhere in front of a television set in Beaumont, Texas, Raymond Ambres Jr. was smiling broadly over his son's biggest hit in the major leagues -- so far.

Chip Ambres singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Sunday to take three of four in a series between division leaders.

"That was awesome," manager Willie Randolph said. "I was talking to the kid before the series started about how excited he was about being up here and how proud his dad was of him.

"I said to Jerry (bench coach Jerry Manuel), 'He's going to get a hit here. He's going to come through and do it for his dad.' I get those feelings sometimes -- and sure enough, the next pitch he got a hit on. So I'm happy for him because he's been in Triple-A and he's been around a while."

Lastings Milledge singled with one out in the 10th against D.J. Houlton (0-1). Carlos Beltran singled and David Wright grounded sharply to third, just beating the relay throw to avoid a double play. Ambres then grounded a single past third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, who was playing in on the edge of the grass with two outs.

"I just wanted to put the ball in play and get that man in from third base," Ambres said. "I had faced Houlton in Triple-A, and Marlon Anderson reminded me of the pitches that he had. He said Houlton likes to get ahead with the fastball and then comes back with the curve ball."

It was Ambres' first hit since Oct. 2, 2005, for the Kansas City Royals at Toronto.

"Being able to come through in the clutch like that and help out the team, it's one that I'll always remember," Ambres said. "It's unbelievable. I'm on Cloud 9."

Jonathan Broxton, who saved Saturday's 8-6 Dodgers victory, was summoned again in the ninth because Takashi Saito was sitting out his fourth straight game because of tightness in his right shoulder blade. But the Mets tied it when Matt Kemp allowed Shawn Green's fly to short right to fall for an error as pinch-runner Anderson Hernandez came home from third.

"It's definitely not fun to play right field here during the day," said Green, who plays the same position for the Mets and also played right field for the Dodgers before they converted him into a first baseman. "It can be really tough. It's hard see the ball off the bat, and you also have to deal with the sun."

Kemp took the loss hard.

"I got a bad jump on the ball and just missed it," Kemp said. "Things happen. Everybody makes mistakes, and that was one mistake that I made. It was pretty costly. We lost the game because of it."

Pedro Feliciano (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win after two perfect innings by Aaron Heilman. Billy Wagner worked the 10th for his 22nd save in 23 attempts, striking out three after allowed the potential tying and winning run to get into scoring position on a wild pitch. He ended it by freezing Garciaparra with a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner.

"It's an outstanding win on the road, a great gutsy win by the club," Randolph said. "This is the kind of game that you might look back on at the end of the season and say this might have been a big turning point for us. We showed that 'sticktuitiveness' that we need to be a real good team. It's going to be a nice flight home."

Garciaparra and Rafael Furcal homered off Orlando Hernandez as Los Angeles built a 4-2 lead, but Beltran pulled the Mets within a run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Roberto Hernandez.

Dodgers rookie Eric Stults, making his third big league start and second against the Mets, allowed two runs, five hits and no walks over 5 1/3 innings and struck out five. El Duque gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings.

Furcal led off the bottom of the first by driving a 1-1 pitch into the right-field pavilion for his second leadoff homer this season and 20th of his career. Loney hit an RBI double in the fourth.

New York tied it in the sixth. Jose Reyes tripled and scored on a double by Milledge that chased Stults. Wright drove in the tying run with a broken-bat bloop single against Rudy Seanez.

Garciaparra, who entered 9-for-27 in regular-season play against El Duque, hit a two-run homer in the bottom half. It was Garciaparra's fourth homer this season and second in three days.

Notes

  • Saito is scheduled for an MRI exam on Monday in Los Angeles, and will rejoin the team in Houston.
  • The Mets have outscored opponents 45-10 in the ninth inning this year, and are 4-41 when trailing after eight.
  • Derek Lowe, making only his second relief appearance since 2001 and his first since last Aug. 29, pitched a perfect seventh.
  • Raymond Easley, the father of Mets INF Damion Easley, passed away Saturday night at age 63 in Riverside, Calif., after a lengthy illness. Damion has been on the bereavement list since July 17.
  • Mets LF Moises Alou is expected to be activated on Tuesday for the opener of a six-game homestand. He has been sidelined since May 13 because of a strained left quadriceps.
 
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Lastings Milledge scores the go-ahead run in the 10th, courtesy of Chip Ambres' single to right.  (AP)
Lastings Milledge scores the go-ahead run in the 10th, courtesy of Chip Ambres' single to right. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Ambres
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

N. Garciaparra
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5230000 .304
Lastings Milledge, LF5221002 .205
Carlos Beltran, CF4011002 .263
David Wright, 3B5021001 .298
Carlos Delgado, 1B3010112 .251
    Anderson Hernandez, PR0100000 .000
    Chip Ambres, RF1011000 .333
Paul Lo Duca, C4010003 .265
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Sandy Alomar Jr., PH1000002 .333
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Shawn Green, RF-1B4000011 .271
Ruben Gotay, 2B4000031 .336
Orlando Hernandez, P2000020 .212
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000000 .237
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   c- Ramon Castro, PH-C1000011 .311
Totals40511418  
a-grounded out for Feliciano in the 10th
b-grounded out for Hernandez in the 7th
c-struck out for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (20, Hernandez), Lastings Milledge (2, Stults)
3B - Jose Reyes (10, Stults)
SF - Carlos Beltran (6)
RBI - Lastings Milledge (8), Carlos Beltran (62), David Wright (60), Chip Ambres (1)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (24), Chip Ambres (1)
SB - David Wright (22, 2nd base off Seanez/Martin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Carlos Delgado (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez 6744352 3.14
Aaron Heilman 2000000 3.86
Pedro Feliciano (W,2-1) 1000010 2.11
Billy Wagner (S,22) 1000230 1.45
IBB - Ethier by Orlando Hernandez, Kent by Billy Wagner
WP - Billy Wagner (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 109-62, Aaron Heilman 19-16, Pedro Feliciano 7-6, Billy Wagner 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 6-7, Aaron Heilman 4-2
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 28, Aaron Heilman 6, Pedro Feliciano 3, Billy Wagner 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5121012 .284
Juan Pierre, CF4000100 .287
Russell Martin, C5000031 .302
Jeff Kent, 2B4010110 .284
Luis Gonzalez, LF2210101 .290
    Matt Kemp, RF2000012 .374
Nomar Garciaparra, 3B5122012 .278
James Loney, 1B4011001 .361
Andre Ethier, RF-LF3000112 .295
Eric Stults, P2000013 .200
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100 .242
    Derek Lowe, P0000000 .167
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH1000000 .205
    D.J. Houlton, P0000000 .000
Totals3747459  
a-walked for Seanez in the 6th
b-flied out for Broxton in the 9th
Batting
2B - James Loney (7, Hernandez)
HR - Rafael Furcal (3, Hernandez), Nomar Garciaparra (4, Hernandez)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (34), Nomar Garciaparra 2 (47), James Loney (19)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (4)
SB - Juan Pierre (41, 2nd base off Wagner/Castro)
CS - Rafael Furcal (5, 2nd base by Hernandez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Loney
E - Matt Kemp (2, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Eric Stults 5.1522050 4.50
Rudy Seanez (BS,1) 0.2100100 3.52
Derek Lowe (H,1) 1000010 3.48
Roberto Hernandez (H,5) 1111000 6.52
Jonathan Broxton (BS,3) 1110020 2.44
D.J. Houlton (L,0-1) 1311000 4.26
IBB - Delgado by Rudy Seanez
WP - Jonathan Broxton 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 80-51, Rudy Seanez 19-11, Derek Lowe 10-6, Roberto Hernandez 13-9, Jonathan Broxton 22-17, D.J. Houlton 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 8-2, Rudy Seanez 2-0, Derek Lowe 2-0, Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, D.J. Houlton 3-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 20, Rudy Seanez 4, Derek Lowe 3, Roberto Hernandez 4, Jonathan Broxton 5, D.J. Houlton 6
Game Information
Attendance - 49092
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper