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Tatis' two-run double helps Mets end wild contest in 12th

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NEW YORK -- In the end, the heroes for the New York Mets were a couple of extra hands, Endy Chavez and Fernando Tatis. It's hard to decide which one was less likely to bail out this struggling team.

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.

Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo also homered for the Mets as they beat Florida for the second straight night

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.

Ross connected against Oliver Perez leading off the fifth. In the sixth, Perez walked Wes Helms with one out, Dan Uggla singled off Wright's glove at third base and Ross homered again.

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.

Notes

  • Reyes reached base for the 28th straight game.
  • Tatis, ordinarily an infielder, made a tumbling catch at the right-field wall to rob Helms of an extra-base hit in the second.
  • Beltran's fourth-inning double extended his streak of getting on base to 31 consecutive starts.
  • Met pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts.
  • Aaron Heilman pitched two innings for New York and struck out four of the six batters he faced.
 
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Fernando Tatis (far right) feels what it's like to lead the Mets to victory in extra innings.  (AP)
Fernando Tatis (far right) feels what it's like to lead the Mets to victory in extra innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

C. Ross
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000120 .291
Jacque Jones, LF5000012 .151
Jorge Cantu, 3B5000020 .268
Wes Helms, 1B3100210 .235
Dan Uggla, 2B5110031 .307
Cody Ross, RF5224020 .202
Mike Rabelo, C4111110 .222
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5111011 .254
Scott Olsen, P2000011 .048
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1000010 .266
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000010 .285
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Jacobs, PH1000000 .257
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
Totals41656416  
a-struck out for Waechter in the 7th
b-struck out for Gregg in the 10th
c-grounded out for Kensing in the 12th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms, Cantu-Uggla-Helms
E - Jorge Cantu (11, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen 5644232 3.65
Doug Waechter (H,5) 1100010 1.35
Renyel Pinto (H,9) 1.1100010 1.35
Matt Lindstrom (H,5) 0.2000010 2.75
Kevin Gregg (BS,2) 1111201 2.39
Logan Kensing 2100110 3.51
Justin Miller (BS,1; L,1-2) 0.1222110 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, SS5221121 .279
Luis Castillo, 2B5122102 .258
David Wright, 3B4110203 .280
Carlos Beltran, CF6220003 .259
Damion Easley, 1B6020013 .225
Fernando Tatis, RF5013022 .368
Ramon Castro, C3000012 .333
   a- Endy Chavez, PH-LF2121000 .225
Nick Evans, LF3000111 .176
    Brian Schneider, C1000001 .257
Oliver Perez, P2000013 .214
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   b- Raul Casanova, PH1000000 .265
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   c- Carlos Delgado, PH0000100 .215
    John Maine, PR0000000 .105
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Totals43712768  
a-homered for Castro in the 9th
b-popped out for Schoeneweis in the 7th
c-walked for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
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
Oliver Perez 6455473 4.83
Scott Schoeneweis 1000010 1.35
Aaron Heilman 2000040 5.40
Billy Wagner 1000020 0.41
Duaner Sanchez (W,1-0) 2111021 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
Game Information
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