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Chavez hit his first home run in over a year to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and Tatis, who sat out two seasons trying to figure out if he could still play this game, delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the 12th Wednesday night for an exhilarating 7-6 victory over the Florida Marlins.
It was the first time this season that the Mets had won a game in which they trailed after eight innings and the comeback left beleaguered manager Willie Randolph suitably excited.
"What a great ball game," Randolph said. "Hopefully that's the one that kickstarts us."
With his team staggering and beat up by injuries, Randolph was grateful to get help from anybody after three Marlins home runs, two of them by Cody Ross, left the Mets trailing 5-4 as they came to bat in the ninth. Chavez, a forgotten man batting just .203, got the comeback started with the first pinch hit home run of his career leading off the ninth.
It came against Florida closer Kevin Gregg, who blew just his second save all season.
"A fast ball middle in," Chavez said. "I was just trying to be on every pitch, to recognize what's coming and put the ball in play."
"We had the right guy in there," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "What are you going to do? That's baseball."
By the 12th, Florida had the lead again, this time on a two-out homer by Alfredo Amezega, who hit his first of the year against Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez (1-0). Gonzalez had gone through six pitchers. No 7 was Justin Miller, who started off badly by walking David Wright. Carlos Beltran followed with a single to send Wright to third. After Miller struck out Damion Easley, it brought up Tatis.
"I thought I'd throw a fastball low and away, try to catch him off balance, try to get a double play," Miller said.
What he got instead was a two-run double by Tatis to win the game.
"You can't walk guys," Miller (1-2) said. "This was a game we should have won. I lost it."
Tatis, a late signing by the Mets this spring, sat out 2004 and 2005, unsure about his future in baseball. He is a handyman who can play just about anywhere and has been pressed into service in the outfield with injuries to Moises Alou, Angel Pagan and Ryan Church.
He loved being the hero.
"It's unbelievable," he said. "It's amazing. It's a great feeling."
Randolph thought things would turn out all right for the Mets.
"Coming from behind, we haven't been that good at it," the manager said. "But I had a feeling tonight about this game."
The NL East-leading Marlins lost despite hitting four home runs.
Ross continued his remarkable month of May, hitting home runs in consecutive innings and driving in four runs as the Marlins built a 5-4 lead. The two homers gave Ross 11 hits this month, nine of them home runs.
Florida's bullpen protected the lead until Chavez connected against Gregg.
Reyes opened the game for the Mets with a double, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. He then stole third and scored in front of Castillo's second home run of the season.
After Perez retired the first six Marlins, Mike Rabelo led off the third inning with his second home run of the season.
The Mets got that run back in the fourth against Marlins starter Scott Olsen when Beltran led off with a double, moved to third on Easley's single and scored on Tatis' sacrifice fly.
Ross opened the fifth with a home run that pulled Florida within 3-2. Reyes restored the two-run lead for New York when he hit the first pitch in the bottom half for his seventh home run.
|Fernando Tatis (far right) feels what it's like to lead the Mets to victory in extra innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||1||2||0||.291|
|Jacque Jones, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.151|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||.268|
|Wes Helms, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||1||0||.235|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||3||1||.307|
|Cody Ross, RF||5||2||2||4||0||2||0||.202|
|Mike Rabelo, C||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.222|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.254|
|Scott Olsen, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.048|
|Doug Waechter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeremy Hermida, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Luis Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.285|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mike Jacobs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Waechter in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Gregg in the 10th|
|c-grounded out for Kensing in the 12th|
|HR - Cody Ross 2 (9, Perez, Perez), Mike Rabelo (2, Perez), Alfredo Amezaga (1, Sanchez)|
|RBI - Cody Ross 4 (18), Mike Rabelo (8), Alfredo Amezaga (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (5)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms, Cantu-Uggla-Helms|
|E - Jorge Cantu (11, Throwing)|
|Doug Waechter (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.35|
|Renyel Pinto (H,9)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.35|
|Matt Lindstrom (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.75|
|Kevin Gregg (BS,2)||1||1||1||1||2||0||1||2.39|
|Justin Miller (BS,1; L,1-2)||0.1||2||2||2||1||1||0||4.78|
|IBB - Evans by Scott Olsen, Reyes by Logan Kensing|
|WP - Scott Olsen (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 89-55, Doug Waechter 8-7, Renyel Pinto 14-8, Matt Lindstrom 8-6, Kevin Gregg 26-16, Logan Kensing 28-19, Justin Miller 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 6-5, Doug Waechter 1-1, Renyel Pinto 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-2, Logan Kensing 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 22, Doug Waechter 4, Renyel Pinto 5, Matt Lindstrom 2, Kevin Gregg 6, Logan Kensing 8, Justin Miller 4|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||2||2||1||1||2||1||.279|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||5||1||2||2||1||0||2||.258|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||0||2||0||3||.280|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||6||2||2||0||0||0||3||.259|
|Damion Easley, 1B||6||0||2||0||0||1||3||.225|
|Fernando Tatis, RF||5||0||1||3||0||2||2||.368|
|Ramon Castro, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|a- Endy Chavez, PH-LF||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.225|
|Nick Evans, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.176|
|Brian Schneider, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.257|
|Oliver Perez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.214|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Raul Casanova, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Aaron Heilman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Carlos Delgado, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.215|
|John Maine, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.105|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Castro in the 9th|
|b-popped out for Schoeneweis in the 7th|
|c-walked for Heilman in the 9th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (12, Olsen), Carlos Beltran (15, Olsen), Damion Easley (3, Waechter), Fernando Tatis (1, Miller)|
|HR - Jose Reyes (7, Olsen), Luis Castillo (2, Olsen), Endy Chavez (1, Gregg)|
|SF - Fernando Tatis (1)|
|SH - Duaner Sanchez (1)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (24), Luis Castillo 2 (15), Fernando Tatis 3 (6), Endy Chavez (1)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (16, 3rd base off Olsen/Rabelo)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|New York Mets|
|Duaner Sanchez (W,1-0)||2||1||1||1||0||2||1||4.34|
|Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 100-59, Scott Schoeneweis 12-10, Aaron Heilman 27-18, Billy Wagner 11-8, Duaner Sanchez 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 2-9, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 26, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Aaron Heilman 6, Billy Wagner 3, Duaner Sanchez 7|
|Attendance - 47769|
|Game Time - 3:39|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|