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N.Y. Mets (87-68) «000200040017111
Florida (66-90)002001021006112

Mets survive Marlins in extras as Alou's streak reaches 27

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MIAMI -- First baseman Carlos Delgado secured the final out and pumped his fist. Players watching on TV inside the New York Mets' clubhouse leaped from their chairs, and even manager Willie Randolph couldn't help but talk about celebrating soon with fans at Shea Stadium.

"This was a big one," Moises Alou said.

Sure was.

It was far from pretty, but the Mets got everything they hoped for Sunday. David Wright singled home the decisive run in the 11th inning to help New York pull out a 7-6 win over the Florida Marlins, pushing them a giant step closer to the playoffs.

The NL East leaders moved 2½ games ahead of second-place Philadelphia, which lost 5-3 at Washington. The Mets now return home for their last seven games of the regular season, with a magic number of five for clinching their second consecutive division title.

"The way we've battled is very pleasing, to pick up a game, knock another day off the schedule and just get back home," Randolph said. "We're looking forward to it. We get a chance to hopefully celebrate with our fans."

Delgado's three-run homer highlighted a four-run eighth that gave New York a 6-3 lead, but Florida rallied against Aaron Heilman and closer Billy Wagner to force extra innings.

Dan Uggla's long leadoff homer against Wagner in the ninth tied it at 6, the latest late-season flop for New York's overworked and ineffective bullpen.

But the Mets regrouped. Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk in the 11th from Harvey Garcia (0-1) and went to second on Luis Castillo's single before scoring on Wright's single to center.

New York failed to tack on, though, and still needed three outs from shaky relievers Aaron Sele and Scott Schoeneweis to close it out.

They came through.

Sele got the first two outs and Schoeneweis earned his second save. Each has an ERA above 5.00, but they needed only five pitches to combine for a perfect 11th in a game that lasted three hours, 59 minutes.

"After the way it's been lately, as long as the results are like they were today, we don't care," Alou said.

Alou threw out Todd Linden at the plate to protect a one-run lead in the eighth and extended his hitting streak to a franchise-record 27 games. Joe Smith (3-1) threw a scoreless 10th for the win.

"It's always great to see everybody band together and pick each other up," Wagner said.

Jeremy Hermida had three hits and two RBI for the Marlins.

"My guys battled," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We were down three in the eighth and came back to tie it up. We just weren't able to get the extra one that we needed."

There was plenty of drama in the eighth, which started with the scoreboard flashing that the Phillies lost to the Nationals -- delighting many in the pro-Mets crowd at Dolphin Stadium.

Alou and Delgado gave them more to cheer.

Wright opened the eighth with a walk off reliever Justin Miller, who allowed each of the first four batters he faced to score. Alou drove in Wright with a single -- giving him the longest hitting streak in the majors this year -- and Delgado followed with his 24th home run for a 6-3 lead.

Florida wasn't done, though, and made things interesting against Heilman, who walked Miguel Cabrera and Mike Jacobs to open the eighth.

Linden's second hit brought Cabrera home to cut the margin to 6-4, and Jason Wood singled two batters later. Jacobs scored easily and third-base coach Bo Porter waved Linden around, but Alou threw out Linden to preserve the lead.

"Our bullpen obviously didn't do so well at different times," Randolph said.

Heilman escaped when Hanley Ramirez lined out to third with two runners on, and it was still 6-5 when Wagner -- who had pitched only once since Sept. 14 because of back spasms -- was summoned in the ninth to protect the one-run lead.

It didn't last. Uggla hit his 31st homer to tie the game and give Wagner his fifth blown save in 39 chances.

"It's the first time that I can remember putting a ball in play against him," Uggla said.

Florida opened the scoring in the third on Hermida's two-run single. The Mets tied it a half-inning later on Paul Lo Duca's two-run homer.

Florida went up 3-2 in the sixth on Linden's RBI single, but the inning could have been worse for the Mets. Center fielder Carlos Beltran -- who bruised his knee Friday -- caught Alejandro De Aza's drive for the third out as he hit the wall in left-center.

Beltran departed an inning later and said afterward that he was sore, but hasn't ruled out playing Monday night against Washington. He said teammates were slapping each other high-fives and cheering while watching the final innings in the clubhouse, and amid it all he even forgot his knee was aching for a second or two.

"Saved the game today," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.

Notes

  • Mets starter John Maine gave up three earned runs in five-plus innings, matching a career best with nine strikeouts.
  • Marlins LHP Dontrelle Willis presented the family of slain Broward County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Reyka a check for $10,500 before the game. Reyka was killed on duty Aug. 10.
 
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Good days: Carlos Delgado hits a three-run homer and Moises Alou extends his hitting streak to 27.  (AP)
Good days: Carlos Delgado hits a three-run homer and Moises Alou extends his hitting streak to 27. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5100103 .287
Luis Castillo, 2B5010102 .294
David Wright, 3B5121102 .321
Carlos Beltran, CF3110002 .278
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1110000 .301
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Shawn Green, PH1000000 .287
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   c- David Newhan, PH1000011 .197
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Moises Alou, LF6121002 .340
Carlos Delgado, 1B5123011 .254
Paul Lo Duca, C4112000 .276
Carlos Gomez, RF5000003 .231
John Maine, P1000111 .113
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .200
   d- Ruben Gotay, PH0000000 .295
   e- Jeff Conine, PH0000100 .257
    Endy Chavez, PR-CF2010002 .287
Totals44711753  
a-singled for Mota in the 8th
b-grounded out for Heilman in the 9th
c-struck out for Smith in the 11th
d-announced for Sosa in the 7th
e-walked for Gotay in the 7th
Batting
HR - Carlos Delgado (24, Miller), Paul Lo Duca (9, Seddon)
SH - Paul Lo Duca (3)
RBI - David Wright (105), Moises Alou (42), Carlos Delgado 3 (85), Paul Lo Duca 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Lo Duca 2 (14)
SB - David Wright (34, 2nd base off H. Garcia/Olivo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Moises Alou 1
E - Carlos Beltran (5, Throwing)
New York Mets
John Maine 5633290 4.07
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100010 3.26
Jorge Sosa 0.2000000 4.58
Guillermo Mota 1100000 5.59
Aaron Heilman (H,22) 1222200 3.22
Billy Wagner (BS,5) 1111021 2.44
Joe Smith (W,3-1) 1000010 3.16
Aaron Sele (H,1) 0.2000000 5.23
Scott Schoeneweis (S,2) 0.1000000 5.11
HBP - Amezaga (by Aaron Heilman)
WP - Billy Wagner (4)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 102-64, Pedro Feliciano 7-4, Jorge Sosa 4-4, Guillermo Mota 15-10, Aaron Heilman 28-12, Billy Wagner 27-16, Joe Smith 12-7, Aaron Sele 3-3, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 1-4, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Billy Wagner 1-1, Joe Smith 2-0, Aaron Sele 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 22, Pedro Feliciano 2, Jorge Sosa 2, Guillermo Mota 4, Aaron Heilman 7, Billy Wagner 5, Joe Smith 3, Aaron Sele 2, Scott Schoeneweis 1
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS6120002 .333
Dan Uggla, 2B6231010 .249
Jeremy Hermida, RF6132011 .286
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3100212 .322
Mike Jacobs, 1B4100133 .277
Todd Linden, LF4022111 .241
Miguel Olivo, C5000035 .234
Alejandro De Aza, CF3000013 .209
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Wood, PH1011000 .250
    Reggie Abercrombie, PR0000000 .200
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Treanor, PH1000000 .270
    Harvey Garcia, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Barone, P0000000 .125
Chris Seddon, P1000010 .000
   c- Robert Andino, PH1000010 .400
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF2000000 .264
Totals436116413  
a-singled for Miller in the 8th
b-grounded out for Gardner in the 10th
c-struck out for Seddon in the 5th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (48, Maine), Todd Linden (6, Heilman)
HR - Dan Uggla (31, Wagner)
RBI - Dan Uggla (85), Jeremy Hermida 2 (57), Todd Linden 2 (11), Jason Wood (26)
SB - Todd Linden (4, 2nd base off Maine/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera
E - Hanley Ramirez (24, Misplayed grounder), Dan Uggla (10, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Chris Seddon 5322221 6.89
Matt Lindstrom 1.1000000 3.27
Renyel Pinto (H,14) 0.2000100 3.83
Justin Miller (BS,3) 1444101 3.81
Lee Gardner 2200000 2.04
Harvey Garcia (L,0-1) 0.1211110 3.48
Daniel Barone 0.2000000 5.30
WP - Renyel Pinto (2), Justin Miller (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Seddon 75-46, Matt Lindstrom 12-9, Renyel Pinto 17-10, Justin Miller 32-19, Lee Gardner 22-15, Harvey Garcia 17-10, Daniel Barone 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Seddon 9-6, Matt Lindstrom 3-1, Renyel Pinto 1-1, Justin Miller 2-1, Lee Gardner 4-2
Batters Faced - Chris Seddon 22, Matt Lindstrom 4, Renyel Pinto 3, Justin Miller 8, Lee Gardner 8, Harvey Garcia 4, Daniel Barone 1
Game Information
Attendance - 17130
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Jim Wolf