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Mets top Pirates in 11th on strength of Wright's bases-loaded single

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NEW YORK -- David Wright stood at home plate watching, willing the high flyball down the right-field line to land fair.

His teammates on base waited. The Mets' agitated fans were silent. When the ball dropped just inside the foul line no one moved for a split second.

Once the umpire gave the fair sign, the celebration was on for New York's 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, their third straight.

The Shea crowd put their booing to rest and cheered a win Mets manager Willie Randolph called "ugly." Wright, who has been slumping, was mobbed by his teammates down near first base.

"I was begging the wind to keep it fair," he said. "It was the ball versus the wind. It was taking it (foul), taking it and it fell in."

Wright was 3-for-15 in the first four games of the homestand before the hit off John Van Benschoten (0-1) over a pulled in outfield with the bases loaded. He just wanted to send a drive to right field to score the speedy Endy Chavez from third.

"In that situation, when you're struggling, scuffling, you don't want to try to much," Wright said.

After the Mets' bullpen had blown a 4-2 lead for Johan Santana, who allowed just two home runs in 5 2/3 innings, the Mets rallied against Van Benschoten, Pittsburgh's sixth pitcher, in the 11th.

Van Benschoten, called up Sunday when Matt Morris was released, gave up a single to Chavez and balked to move him to second. Marlon Anderson sacrificed, and after Jose Reyes was walked intentionally, Luis Castillo walked -- New York's ninth walk.

Wright then got his hit to make Jorge Sosa (3-1), the Mets' seventh pitcher, a winner.

The Mets were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and Reyes scored once even though he reached base in all six plate appearances -- three hits and three walks.

"Any time you get your leadoff man on six times we should score more runs," Randolph said.

The Pirates tied it in the ninth against Billy Wagner with an assist from Reyes' throwing error. It was Wagner's first blown save of the season -- his first run, too, albeit unearned.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit led off with a grounder to Reyes, whose throw bounced in the dirt. Pinch-runner Brian Bixler advanced on a wild pitch. He went to third on Chris Gomez's groundout and scored on Freddy Sanchez's single to center that fell just beyond the reach of a diving Carlos Beltran.

The Pirates pulled to 4-3 in the eighth when Duaner Sanchez walked in a run -- his first in 6 2/3 innings this season.

Working on five days' rest because Monday's game between the teams was rained out, Santana fell behind early for his second straight start, giving up a leadoff homer to Nate McLouth. Santana left after walking two and hitting Xavier Nady in the left elbow with a pitch to load the bases in the sixth. The Mets ace showed glimpses of his brilliance in between, retiring 10 of 11 before Jason Bay's homer in the fourth.

Santana struck out seven and walked three and threw 114 pitches.

"What did he have, 41 foul balls?" Randolph said. "You got to give them credit for fighting against him."

Pedro Feliciano got Adam LaRoche to meekly pop out to short to end the threat in the sixth. Aaron Heilman put runners on first and second in the seventh, but Scott Schoeneweis got out of the jam when he tagged out Jose Bautista at home, as Bautista tried scoring when a pitch got away from catcher Raul Casanova.

"Somebody wants to step up and get that big hit," Pirates manager John Russell said of his team that was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. "And they start trying to do a little too much and they get out of their approach."

The Pirates jumped out 2-0 with two homers, their only hits off Santana.

Santana has given up seven home runs in six starts after allowing an AL-leading 33 for Minnesota last season.

Pirates starter Ian Snell cruised into the fourth, but after walking Beltran with one out Ryan Church hit his third homer of the season over the right-center field fence.

"Ian Snell, he doesn't get the notoriety that he deserves," Wright said. "He's got great stuff."

Chavez, hitting just .160 coming in, singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and raised his hands palms up as if saying "I don't know how I did it" while running down the first-base line. He scored an out later on Reyes' triple off the wall in right-center.

After Castillo walked, Wright hit a potential double-play grounder to short. Sanchez couldn't handle the throw, and Reyes scored on the error to make it 4-2.

Snell then walked Beltran to load the bases and was done. Damaso Marte relieved and struck out Church on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner that caused Church to leap in the air and shout at plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Carlos Delgado struck out and heard his first chorus of boos since he didn't come out for a curtain call Sunday.

Snell walked five in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs and five hits, and struck out two.

"I was out of control," Snell said. "I don't blame nobody but myself. I was rushing myself. I just don't feel like I'm in it right now. I gotta get back into my groove I was in last year."

Notes

  • Mets catcher Brian Schneinder remained hospitalized with a thumb infection. General manager Omar Minaya said the catcher could be released as early as tomorrow.
  • Mets LF Moises Alou was cleared to play after an MRI of his left ankle showed no damage. The oft-injured 41-year-old could be activated Friday.
 
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David Wright sends the angry Mets fans home happy with his game-winning RBI in the 11th.  (AP)
David Wright sends the angry Mets fans home happy with his game-winning RBI in the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF5111112 .327
Chris Gomez, SS6120012 .297
Freddy Sanchez, 2B6021012 .223
Jason Bay, LF4111133 .264
Xavier Nady, RF3000110 .317
Adam LaRoche, 1B3011213 .171
Jose Bautista, 3B5010025 .205
Ronny Paulino, C4000105 .250
Ian Snell, P2000000 .000
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Nyjer Morgan, PH1000002 .125
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Doumit, PH1000000 .353
    Brian Bixler, PR0100000 .182
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .500
   c- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000000 .220
    John Van Benschoten, P0000000 .000
Totals41484610  
a-flied out for Marte in the 7th
b-grounded out for Grabow in the 9th
c-flied out for Osoria in the 11th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (4, Sanchez), Adam LaRoche (3, Wagner)
HR - Nate McLouth (7, Santana), Jason Bay (6, Santana)
RBI - Nate McLouth (22), Freddy Sanchez (8), Jason Bay (9), Adam LaRoche (5)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (3)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-Gomez-LaRoche
E - Freddy Sanchez (4, Missed catch of throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 4.1544521 4.93
Damaso Marte 1.2000020 6.75
Tyler Yates 1000210 4.26
John Grabow 1100010 0.00
Franquelis Osoria 2100000 6.10
John Van Benschoten (L,0-1) 0.1211200 27.00
IBB - Reyes by John Van Benschoten
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 92-54, Damaso Marte 20-13, Tyler Yates 27-13, John Grabow 12-9, Franquelis Osoria 17-12, John Van Benschoten 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 5-5, Damaso Marte 2-1, Tyler Yates 1-1, John Grabow 1-1, Franquelis Osoria 3-3, John Van Benschoten 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 22, Damaso Marte 5, Tyler Yates 5, John Grabow 4, Franquelis Osoria 7, John Van Benschoten 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3131300 .260
Luis Castillo, 2B2000301 .276
David Wright, 3B5012123 .287
Carlos Beltran, CF3100204 .216
Ryan Church, RF5112015 .316
Carlos Delgado, 1B5000013 .194
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
Raul Casanova, C5000000 .286
Endy Chavez, LF5230000 .233
Johan Santana, P2010011 .267
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .278
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   b- Angel Pagan, PH1000011 .286
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Anderson, 1B0000000 .143
Totals3759596  
a-flied out for Feliciano in the 6th
b-struck out for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jose Reyes (3, Snell)
HR - Ryan Church (3, Snell)
SH - Luis Castillo (2), Marlon Anderson (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (10), David Wright 2 (23), Ryan Church 2 (18)
SB - Jose Reyes (6, 2nd base off Yates/Paulino)
CS - Jose Reyes (3, 2nd base by Snell/Paulino)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (5, Throwing)
New York Mets
Johan Santana 5.2222372 3.12
Pedro Feliciano (H,5) 0.1000000 1.08
Aaron Heilman (H,5) 0.1100100 6.28
Scott Schoeneweis (H,4) 0.2000000 2.08
Duaner Sanchez (H,4) 1211210 1.17
Billy Wagner (BS,1) 2210020 0.00
Jorge Sosa (W,3-1) 1100000 6.89
HBP - Nady (by Johan Santana)
WP - Billy Wagner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 114-75, Pedro Feliciano 3-3, Aaron Heilman 17-9, Scott Schoeneweis 2-2, Duaner Sanchez 25-13, Billy Wagner 34-22, Jorge Sosa 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 7-3, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Duaner Sanchez 1-1, Billy Wagner 3-2, Jorge Sosa 1-2
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 23, Pedro Feliciano 1, Aaron Heilman 3, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Duaner Sanchez 7, Billy Wagner 9, Jorge Sosa 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46982
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Brian Knight