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Pedro, Mets earn split, silence Randolph pink slip rumors ... for now

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NEW YORK -- Here's the scenario: The bases are loaded in a tie game. Fans are chanting, "We want Pedro!"

What does New York's beleaguered manager Willie Randolph do? He calls on a pinch hitter who last played in the major leagues almost nine years ago.

Talk about being on the hot seat.

That pinch hitter, Robinson Cancel, helped make Pedro Martinez a winner in his home season debut by grounding a two-run single to give the Mets a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday for a doubleheader split.

"I just felt like we had to take a crack at it," Randolph said. "Cancel made me look good for a minute."

Perhaps not good enough. After the game, Mets general manager Omar Minaya would not commit to repeated questions about Randolph's job security saying, "These are our coaches today. They are our coaches. As the GM I leave myself room to evaluate things. I think we're not playing to our potential. I always leave room to evaluate things."

Billy Wagner ended his skid of three consecutive blown saves and David Wright had three hits for his first multihit game in two weeks for the Mets. Carlos Beltran followed up a homer and two RBI in the first game with a run-scoring single as New York took two of three from Texas before heading for California.

In the opener, Kevin Millwood pitched six solid innings, and Ramon Vazquez, Ian Kinsler and Milton Bradley homered in the Rangers' 8-7 victory. It was Millwood's first road win since last Father's Day.

The Mets are heading west for the second time in two weeks and Randolph said his bags were packed for the trip. But after returning from a 2-5 West Coast swing on Monday, including a four-game sweep by the lowly Padres, rumors intensified that Randolph could lose his job by the end of the series against Texas.

"We wanted to make the trip a little more pleasant," Randolph said of the win. "I'm glad I'm going."

He then quickly added, "Maybe I'm speaking a little too soon."

Martinez was making his first start at Shea Stadium since Sept. 27 and the fans showed him their love with the chant when his turn came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. But Martinez knew what the right decision was.

"I think that was my Father's Day gift from the fans," Martinez said. "I was laughing because that situation called for a pinch hitter."

Mets fans mercilessly booed the decision as Cancel walked to the plate for his second at-bat this season. But he quickly turned the crowd around by calmly grounding an 0-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single and a 4-2 lead. The hit was Cancel's first since Sept 21, 1999, for Milwaukee against Philadelphia, his only previous stint in the big leagues.

"It was just a great at-bat. I came through in a tough situation," Cancel said. "It means a lot."

Martinez (2-0) gave up six hits and two runs -- one earned -- in his third start since coming off the disabled list on June 3 -- fourth overall. His four strikeouts all ended innings and he showed his intense side, arguing with Marlon Byrd after Byrd took exception to Martinez's deliberate pace after Byrd had called timeout on the pitch.

The Mets bullpen had a turnaround from the first game, when they gave up three runs and helped turn a 3-2 game into an 8-2 deficit.

Pedro Feliciano, who gave up a run and threw a crucial wild pitch in relief of John Maine in the opener, worked a clean seventh. Duaner Sanchez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Wagner, after entering to tepid applause, was perfect in the ninth for his 14th save in 19 chances.

"He doesn't have the same velocity of course," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He did it with changeups, sliders and showing fastballs. But he's as good a pitcher as he was."

New York went ahead 4-2 in the sixth against Kason Gabbard, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma earlier in the day. Gabbard gave up a single to Beltran and a double to Damion Easley and intentionally walked Fernando Tatis to load the bases before Cancel got his hit.

Gabbard (1-3) gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Mets RF Ryan Church, on the DL with post-concussion syndrome, visited the clubhouse Sunday. He said he has not had any dizziness in several days and was feeling much better. He will not make the trip with the team west.
  • Rangers INF Hank Blalock will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma. He had carpal tunnel syndrome surgery on May 30.
  • Trot Nixon had two hits in his debut for New York. He was acquired by the Mets in a trade with Arizona on Friday.
 
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Pedro Martinez improves to 2-0, yielding an earned run on six hits and a walk over six innings.  (AP)
Pedro Martinez improves to 2-0, yielding an earned run on six hits and a walk over six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cancel
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

P. Martinez
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4100001 .305
Frank Catalanotto, 1B3110001 .271
   a- Chris Shelton, PH-1B1000000 .213
Michael Young, SS3011100 .290
Josh Hamilton, CF4011010 .314
David Murphy, LF4000012 .282
Marlon Byrd, RF4010022 .269
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010011 .244
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3000021 .336
Kason Gabbard, P2010001 .500
    Josh Rupe, P0000000 .000
   b- German Duran, PH1000000 .194
    Doug Mathis, P0000000 .000
Totals3326217  
a-lined out for Catalanotto in the 8th
b-grounded out for Rupe in the 7th
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (13, P. Martinez)
RBI - Michael Young (33), Josh Hamilton (73)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Catalanotto, Catalanotto-Young
Texas Rangers
Kason Gabbard (L,1-3) 5.2844340 4.94
Josh Rupe 0.1000000 4.06
Doug Mathis 2500100 6.85
IBB - Tatis by Kason Gabbard
WP - Kason Gabbard (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 99-62, Josh Rupe 6-3, Doug Mathis 50-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 11-2, Josh Rupe 1-0, Doug Mathis 3-2
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 28, Josh Rupe 1, Doug Mathis 11
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4100111 .286
Luis Castillo, 2B4120103 .264
David Wright, 3B4031101 .276
Carlos Beltran, CF5121005 .271
Damion Easley, LF4120002 .250
    Endy Chavez, RF0000000 .218
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010002 .246
Ramon Castro, C4000024 .282
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF3010100 .250
Pedro Martinez, P2000011 .250
   a- Robinson Cancel, PH1012000 .500
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000 .169
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals36413444  
a-singled for P. Martinez in the 6th
b-singled for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Damion Easley (6, Gabbard)
RBI - David Wright (50), Carlos Beltran (45), Robinson Cancel 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (24), Carlos Beltran (13), Robinson Cancel 2 (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Fernando Tatis 1
E - Damion Easley (4, Dropped fly)
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (W,2-0) 6621140 5.31
Pedro Feliciano (H,6) 1000010 2.67
Duaner Sanchez (H,9) 1000000 4.88
Billy Wagner (S,14) 1000020 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 92-64, Pedro Feliciano 8-6, Duaner Sanchez 11-7, Billy Wagner 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 10-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 2-1, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 25, Pedro Feliciano 3, Duaner Sanchez 3, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55438
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Damien Beal