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Beltran, Mets overcome blown save with walk-off HR in 13th

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NEW YORK -- Worn down and visibly frustrated on the bench, the New York Mets were in danger of dropping another discouraging game.

Then, with one snap of his powerful wrists late Wednesday night, Carlos Beltran saved Billy Wagner and the rest of his wiped-out teammates.

Beltran hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning, and New York overcame a blown save by Wagner to snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It was a big team win. Guys picked each other up," Wagner said. "We're tired. We've battled. It's just one of those situations where we continuously fight."

The Mets chased a bruised Brandon Webb early and took advantage of a key error by third baseman Mark Reynolds, who tied it by hitting a three-run shot off Wagner with two outs in the ninth for his fourth home run in four games.

That cost Mike Pelfrey a win in the best outing of his big league career, but New York refused to fold and avoided falling four games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 17, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I feel sorry for Pelfrey because he pitched a great game," said Beltran, who also hit a two-run single in the fourth. "Tonight, we'll sleep good."

Luis Castillo hit a hard one-hopper into Reynolds' midsection with one out in the 13th and reached safely when the ball trickled away.

David Wright fouled out but Beltran lined a 1-2 pitch from Edgar Gonzalez (1-3) to right-center for the fifth game-ending homer of his career and first since Aug. 22, 2006, off St. Louis reliever Jason Isringhausen.

Exhausted-looking Mets poured out of the dugout to celebrate at the plate, mobbing Beltran and bouncing in unison.

"Fastball up, in the middle of the plate. I just reacted to it," Beltran said. "I wasn't sure it would be gone because it was on a line."

With two on in the top of the 13th, Claudio Vargas (3-2) got Conor Jackson to ground into an inning-ending double play. The NL West leaders have dropped 15 of 22.

Looking for his first win in 10 starts, Pelfrey outpitched Webb and took a four-hit shutout into the ninth. He was pulled after Stephen Drew's leadoff single on his 112th pitch and received a rousing ovation from the crowd of 46,503.

Wagner struck out Orlando Hudson before Jackson's double put runners at second and third. Chad Tracy struck out but Reynolds, who fanned all three times up against Pelfrey, drove a full-count fastball 420 feet into the left-center bleachers for his 15th home run.

That brought a chorus of boos directed at Wagner, who also served up a go-ahead, three-run homer to pinch-hitter Tony Clark in Sunday's 8-6 loss at San Diego.

This time, a frustrated Wagner tossed his head back and looked to the sky as Reynolds' drive sailed out. Pelfrey showed no emotion at all, staring straight ahead with his chin resting on the dugout railing.

It was Wagner's fourth blown save in 17 opportunities this season.

At that point, "You think the momentum is in our dugout," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

Hit on the right hip by Carlos Delgado's line-drive single during a three-run fourth, Webb departed for a pinch hitter in the sixth. The right-hander threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes.

"I'll be all right tomorrow. It's just a bit sore. It hurt for a moment," Webb said. "I've been throwing a lot of pitches, a lot of innings. I didn't have my best stuff. He gave me a chance to throw a short game and recover. Maybe I'm going through a dead arm a little -- my velocity is down. And Pelfrey was throwing a great game."

In the eighth, Pelfrey was humming at 95 mph. He set career highs by striking out eight in eight-plus innings.

Webb, who leads the majors with 11 wins, has a 1.06 ERA in five career games at Shea Stadium. He beat Pelfrey 10-4 on May 3 in Arizona.

Pelfrey is 0-6 in 10 starts since beating Washington 6-0 on April 15, though he carried a no-hit bid into the seventh May 15 against the Nationals and still lost 1-0.

The 24-year-old right-hander, selected ninth overall in the 2005 draft, has allowed only four runs in his past three starts spanning 21 innings.

"Now we see what he's capable of," Mets catcher Brian Schneider said. "We've been playing good baseball and it's time for us to get some bounces."

Pelfrey even singled in the fifth, snapping an 0-for-22 stretch to start the season. But manager Willie Randolph made a curious move by letting the pitcher bat leading off the eighth.

The crowd liked it at least, chanting Pelfrey's name and cheering him wildly after he struck out.

"The bottom line is we won the ballgame," Randolph said.

Notes

  • Jackson, normally Arizona's first baseman, started in LF for the first time this season.
  • Mets SS Jose Reyes turned 25.
 
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Carlos Beltran finds a welcome-home party waiting for him after his walk-off shot in the 13th inning.  (AP)
Carlos Beltran finds a welcome-home party waiting for him after his walk-off shot in the 13th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF6010022 .234
Stephen Drew, SS6120001 .269
Orlando Hudson, 2B6030011 .298
Conor Jackson, LF6120013 .306
Chad Tracy, 1B4010114 .222
Mark Reynolds, 3B5113043 .258
Chris Snyder, C4000122 .248
Jeff Salazar, RF3000011 .224
   a- Chris Burke, PH-RF1000100 .174
Brandon Webb, P0000000 .143
   b- Alex Romero, PH1000000 .214
    Max Scherzer, P0000000 .000
   c- Justin Upton, PH1000010 .254
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   d- Micah Owings, PH1000011 .279
    Chad Qualls, P1000010 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, P0000000 .111
Totals453103315  
a-walked for Salazar in the 10th
b-grounded out for Webb in the 6th
c-struck out for Scherzer in the 8th
d-struck out for Pena in the 10th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (15, Pelfrey), Conor Jackson (11, Wagner)
HR - Mark Reynolds (15, Wagner)
SH - Brandon Webb (6)
RBI - Mark Reynolds 3 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds 3 (21)
PK - Chris Young (1, Pelfrey)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Drew-Tracy
E - Mark Reynolds (12, Misplayed grounder), Brandon Webb (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb 5533040 2.73
Max Scherzer 2000110 2.90
Juan Cruz 1000120 2.96
Tony Pena 1100120 2.93
Chad Qualls 2100010 2.53
Edgar Gonzalez (L,1-3) 1.2220001 6.58
WP - Juan Cruz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 58-40, Max Scherzer 26-15, Juan Cruz 19-12, Tony Pena 23-15, Chad Qualls 21-15, Edgar Gonzalez 33-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 9-1, Max Scherzer 1-4, Chad Qualls 3-2, Edgar Gonzalez 2-4
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 19, Max Scherzer 7, Juan Cruz 3, Tony Pena 5, Chad Qualls 7, Edgar Gonzalez 8
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6110011 .286
Luis Castillo, 2B5210100 .263
David Wright, 3B6010023 .277
Carlos Beltran, CF4224211 .264
Carlos Delgado, 1B5010033 .245
Marlon Anderson, LF3001000 .155
    Chris Aguila, LF2010000 .500
Brian Schneider, C5010003 .254
Endy Chavez, RF5000001 .200
Mike Pelfrey, P3010020 .042
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000010 .243
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Fernando Tatis, PH1000001 .226
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
Totals46595310  
a-struck out for Feliciano in the 10th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Heilman in the 12th
Batting
HR - Carlos Beltran (7, E. Gonzalez)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (41), Marlon Anderson (4)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (11)
CS - Jose Reyes (7, 2nd base by Cruz/Snyder), Luis Castillo (2, 2nd base by Cruz/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Delgado, Wright-Castillo-Delgado
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey 8511280 4.24
Billy Wagner (BS,4) 1222021 1.73
Pedro Feliciano 1000110 2.45
Aaron Heilman 2100030 5.79
Claudio Vargas (W,3-2) 1200010 3.98
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 112-75, Billy Wagner 24-16, Pedro Feliciano 14-8, Aaron Heilman 34-21, Claudio Vargas 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-6, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Claudio Vargas 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Billy Wagner 5, Pedro Feliciano 4, Aaron Heilman 7, Claudio Vargas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46503
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jim Joyce