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Closers Wagner, Hoffman blow saves; Padres win in 10th

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NEW YORK -- Billy Wagner couldn't close it out. Trevor Hoffman couldn't, either.

After two of baseball's best closers flopped again Thursday night, Heath Bell had enough moxie to hang on for his first major league save.

Adrian Gonzalez homered in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres outlasted the New York Mets 9-8 in a wild game that included blown saves by Wagner and Hoffman.

"It's a rarity, that's for sure," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It just goes to show you closers are human. It's a tough role. People want perfection, and it's not going to happen."

The Padres took two of three from the NL East leaders in a potential playoff preview. San Diego increased its lead in the wild-card race to two games over Philadelphia.

Wagner and Hoffman both struggled mightily all series. Wagner blew one save chance and gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Tuesday before New York rallied to win. Hoffman blew two saves, sandwiched around a successful conversion Wednesday night.

On Aug. 10, Wagner and Hoffman blew saves on the same day for the first time ever. Thirteen days later, they did it in the same game.

"I'm not going to worry about Trev. He's had a great season and he's one of the best ever," Black said.

The Mets led 7-6 in the ninth and handed the ball to Wagner, who was trying for his 30th save. But he allowed back-to-back doubles to Khalil Greene and pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge, and Josh Bard followed with an RBI single that gave San Diego an 8-7 lead. It was the third blown save this year for Wagner.

"Hey, it's going to happen," Wagner said. "That was about the best I've pitched in three weeks. It's the best control I've had."

The Mets stormed back against Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader. Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo hit consecutive singles with one out, then pulled off a double steal. David Wright's sacrifice fly tied it.

After an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran and a walk to Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou grounded out to end the inning.

"I made some good pitches," Hoffman said. "You have to give credit to those guys. You don't want to say that too much, but sometimes you have to."

Gonzalez hit his solo home run with one out in the 10th off Aaron Heilman (7-6). It was the 21st of the year for Gonzalez.

Hoffman (3-4) was credited with the win. Bell, an ex-Met, pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

Bell wasn't worried about the fact that two pitchers with a combined 867 saves had failed before him.

"I always have confidence I'm going to go out there and no one's going to hit me," he said. "Sometimes they do, but I always think they won't."

Trailing 6-1 in the sixth, the Mets scored six runs, capped by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson's three-run homer.

The Mets loaded the bases against starter Justin Germano before Cla Meredith retired Delgado on a popup, drawing loud boos from the near-capacity crowd. The slumping Delgado, who is getting used to hearing it from the home fans, tossed his helmet in frustration as he walked back to the dugout.

Alou walked to force in a run, and Shawn Green's two-run single made it 6-4.

Anderson followed with his home run to right. He had a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning Wednesday night, and has driven in 13 runs in his last 13 games.

Anderson's home run bailed out Tom Glavine, who was in line to take the loss after his worst home start of the season. Glavine struggled with his command, allowing six runs and 11 hits in five innings. He threw 96 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Bard and Greene each had three hits for the Padres.

Veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., making his Shea Stadium debut for the Mets, did an excellent job of blocking the plate in the third inning. With the score tied at 1, Milton Bradley tried to score from first on a double by Gonzalez. Bradley beat the strong relay throw from Reyes, but couldn't get a piece of the plate.

Notes

  • Mets general manager Omar Minaya said RHP Pedro Martinez threw in the bullpen in Florida and will next take the mound Monday for Class A St. Lucie. Martinez will throw "between 80 and 90 pitches," Minaya said.
  • Wright's first-inning steal was the team's 160th of the season, surpassing the previous franchise record set in 1987. The Mets stole four more bases in the game.
  • The Class A Brooklyn Cyclones' game against Oneonta was rained out. Mets C Paul Lo Duca, who was supposed to start his rehab assignment in the game, will catch the first game of a doubleheader Friday and will be the DH in the second game.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez smacks his solo dinger, the 21st this season, with one out in the 10th inning. (AP)
Adrian Gonzalez smacks his solo dinger, the 21st this season, with one out in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Anderson
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF6010017 .300
Mike Cameron, CF5000112 .252
Milton Bradley, LF6022012 .329
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5221112 .274
Khalil Greene, SS5231102 .247
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4110004 .236
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH1111000 .218
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
   b- Rob Mackowiak, PH1000010 .263
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Josh Bard, C4232100 .265
Marcus Giles, 2B3122200 .227
Justin Germano, P2000002 .185
    Geoff Blum, 3B2000012 .255
Totals44915966  
a-doubled for Hampson in the 9th
b-struck out for Hoffman in the 10th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (37, Glavine), Khalil Greene 2 (33, Glavine, Wagner), Terrmel Sledge (9, Wagner), Josh Bard (20, Glavine)
3B - Marcus Giles (3, Glavine)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (21, Heilman)
SH - Justin Germano (6)
RBI - Milton Bradley 2 (25), Adrian Gonzalez (71), Khalil Greene (71), Terrmel Sledge (22), Josh Bard 2 (35), Marcus Giles 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Milton Bradley 2 (9), Khalil Greene (28)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Greene
E - Kevin Kouzmanoff (17, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano 5543220 4.24
Cla Meredith (BS,5) 1.1333101 3.61
Justin Hampson 1.2000010 3.43
Trevor Hoffman (BS,5; W,3-4) 1211200 2.60
Heath Bell (S,1) 1200010 2.49
IBB - Beltran by Trevor Hoffman
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 91-59, Cla Meredith 24-16, Justin Hampson 12-10, Trevor Hoffman 26-13, Heath Bell 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 10-3, Cla Meredith 2-2, Justin Hampson 2-2, Trevor Hoffman 1-2, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 22, Cla Meredith 8, Justin Hampson 5, Trevor Hoffman 7, Heath Bell 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6120000 .301
Luis Castillo, 2B6130012 .307
David Wright, 3B3221100 .311
Carlos Beltran, CF3111213 .273
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000105 .247
Moises Alou, LF4111103 .312
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Shawn Green, RF3112001 .274
   a- Lastings Milledge, PH-RF2000020 .289
Sandy Alomar Jr., C5010002 .200
Tom Glavine, P1000000 .222
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .333
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   c- Marlon Anderson, PH1113000 .301
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   d- Jeff Conine, PH-LF2000001 .266
Totals41812854  
a-struck out for Green in the 8th
b-grounded out for Glavine in the 5th
c-homered for Schoeneweis in the 6th
d-flied out for Wagner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (27, Germano)
HR - Marlon Anderson (2, Meredith)
SF - David Wright (6)
RBI - David Wright (81), Carlos Beltran (84), Moises Alou (31), Shawn Green 2 (36), Marlon Anderson 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (20), Marlon Anderson 3 (12)
SB - Jose Reyes (68, 3rd base off Hoffman/Bard), Luis Castillo (14, 2nd base off Hoffman/Bard), David Wright 2 (28, 2nd base off Germano/Bard, 2nd base off Hampson/Bard), Carlos Beltran (17, 3rd base off Germano/Bard)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Moises Alou 1
DP - Reyes-Castillo-Delgado
E - David Wright 2 (17, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 51166310 4.32
Scott Schoeneweis 1000110 4.93
Pedro Feliciano (H,13) 2000110 2.68
Billy Wagner (BS,3) 1322120 1.93
Aaron Heilman (L,7-6) 1111011 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 97-49, Scott Schoeneweis 17-10, Pedro Feliciano 27-15, Billy Wagner 27-19, Aaron Heilman 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 8-5, Scott Schoeneweis 3-0, Pedro Feliciano 4-1, Aaron Heilman 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 28, Scott Schoeneweis 5, Pedro Feliciano 7, Billy Wagner 7, Aaron Heilman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50078
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ted Barrett