|San Diego (66-58)||0||0||1||0||0||2||2||0||1||6||12||0|
|N.Y. Mets (71-53) «||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||7||11||1|
On a night when two of baseball's best closers struggled mightily in the ninth inning, the New York Mets bounced back to win with one final rally.
Carlos Beltran had five RBI and Luis Castillo singled home the winning run off Hoffman in the ninth, helping the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 Tuesday in a back-and-forth game between playoff contenders.
"To come back like that against a guy like Trevor Hoffman -- that's a real big win for us. Absolutely amazing," Marlon Anderson said.
Beltran hit a two-run shot off Chris Young, who entered leading the majors with a 1.93 ERA, and the NL East leaders won the opener of a three-game series. San Diego is tied with Philadelphia atop the wild-card standings.
Young allowed four runs and five hits in five innings and was lifted with pain in his lower back. He threw only 64 pitches.
Wagner (2-1) gave up a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Kevin Kouzmanoff that put San Diego up 6-5, but Hoffman couldn't hold the lead.
Lastings Milledge singled to start the bottom half and advanced on Mike DiFelice's sacrifice before Anderson tied it with a pinch-hit single.
Jose Reyes blooped a single to center and Castillo grounded a clean single up the middle off Hoffman (2-4). The throw from center by ex-Met Mike Cameron was a little wide, allowing Anderson to score standing up.
"Milledge hit the ball hard," Padres manager Bud Black said. "After that, they blooped a couple in and a groundball went through. Give the Mets credit."
It was the fourth blown save in 35 chances this season for Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader.
"It doesn't matter how it happened," he said. "They got the job done. They're in first for a reason."
Milledge, who got the decisive rally started, was not intimidated by Hoffman.
"For a right-hander, it's much easier to adjust to a changeup," Milledge said. "If it's a changeup, you just react to it and that's what I did."
Castillo, acquired from Minnesota before the trade deadline, was delighted about coming through in a clutch situation.
"I came here to help the team and now I want to keep it going," he said. "I feel like I'm contributing."
Cameron homered off John Maine to help the Padres come back from a three-run deficit. They took a 5-4 lead in the seventh when Cameron hit a tying double off Jorge Sosa and scored on Khalil Greene's go-ahead single.
Reyes led off the eighth with an infield single, stole second and scored on Beltran's tying single off ex-Met Heath Bell, who escaped further damage by striking out Carlos Delgado and retiring Moises Alou on a grounder.
Beltran hit a two-run double in the third, putting New York up 4-1.
Cameron opened the sixth with his 16th home run, on Maine's 100th pitch. Maine got the next two outs before Josh Bard doubled. Pinch-hitter Marcus Giles then tripled past Alou in left field, scoring Bard and chasing Maine.
Scott Schoeneweis relieved for New York and struck out Brian Giles to end the inning.
In the seventh, Adrian Gonzalez singled with two outs and reached second on an error by Milledge in right field. Sosa relieved Schoeneweis, and Cameron doubled over Beltran's head in center. Greene followed with a single to give San Diego the lead.
Beltran, the NL player of the week last week with four homers, 10 RBI and eight runs, put the Mets in front with his 25th home run and third in his last three at-bats. Beltran, who homered in his last two at-bats at Washington on Sunday, connected in the first inning after Castillo walked.
The homer was Beltran's ninth in 14 starts since July 19. He has six homers and 18 RBI since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 10.
The Padres got a run back in the third on Milton Bradley's RBI single.
|Fishy finish: Ex-Marlin Luis Castillo hits the winning single vs. Trevor Hoffman, another former Marlin. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Diego Padres|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||0||0||0||1||2||3||.302|
|Geoff Blum, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Milton Bradley, LF||3||1||2||1||2||0||0||.333|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||2||5||.269|
|Mike Cameron, CF||3||2||2||2||2||0||0||.252|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||0||2||1||0||1||3||.239|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.233|
|Josh Bard, C||5||1||2||0||0||2||3||.261|
|Chris Young, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.086|
|a- Marcus Giles, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.224|
|Justin Hampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cla Meredith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Terrmel Sledge, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-tripled for C. Young in the 6th|
|b-singled for Meredith in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Cameron (28, Sosa), Josh Bard 2 (19, Maine, Heilman)|
|3B - Marcus Giles (2, Maine)|
|HR - Mike Cameron (16, Maine)|
|SF - Kevin Kouzmanoff (6)|
|RBI - Milton Bradley (23), Mike Cameron 2 (64), Khalil Greene (67), Kevin Kouzmanoff (52), Marcus Giles (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron (31), Khalil Greene (25), Marcus Giles (20)|
|CS - Terrmel Sledge (2, 2nd base by Heilman/DiFelice)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Blum-Greene-Gonzalez, Greene-Blum-Gonzalez|
|San Diego Padres|
|Heath Bell (BS,4)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||2.52|
|Trevor Hoffman (BS,4; L,2-4)||0.1||4||2||2||0||0||0||2.49|
|WP - Chris Young (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 64-42, Justin Hampson 6-2, Cla Meredith 12-7, Heath Bell 27-19, Trevor Hoffman 11-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-8, Justin Hampson 1-0, Cla Meredith 3-1, Heath Bell 2-0, Trevor Hoffman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Justin Hampson 2, Cla Meredith 4, Heath Bell 6, Trevor Hoffman 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.302|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||3||2||1||1||2||0||1||.307|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.310|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||3||1||3||5||1||0||0||.271|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.252|
|Moises Alou, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||3||.319|
|Lastings Milledge, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.304|
|Mike DiFelice, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.231|
|John Maine, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.116|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Sosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|a- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Marlon Anderson, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.282|
|a-grounded out for Sosa in the 7th|
|b-singled for Wagner in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (25, C. Young)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (25, C. Young)|
|SH - Mike DiFelice (1)|
|RBI - Luis Castillo (28), Carlos Beltran 5 (80), Marlon Anderson (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (16)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (64, 2nd base off Bell/Bard)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Lastings Milledge (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Scott Schoeneweis (H,10)||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||5.15|
|Jorge Sosa (BS,1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||1||0||4.19|
|Billy Wagner (W,2-1)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||1.64|
|HBP - Greene (by Billy Wagner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 118-72, Scott Schoeneweis 13-10, Jorge Sosa 10-8, Aaron Heilman 12-7, Billy Wagner 21-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-7, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - John Maine 27, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Jorge Sosa 3, Aaron Heilman 4, Billy Wagner 6|
|Attendance - 48592|
|Game Time - 2:55|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Mark Carlson|