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Wagner earns 25th save as Mets bounce back from bad loss to Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- For the second consecutive night, the New York Mets built a three-run lead going into the ninth inning against Philadelphia.

This time, they had Billy Wagner ready to close it out -- and that made all the difference.

"He makes it easy," Jose Reyes said.

Reyes' three-run homer snapped a sixth-inning tie and the Mets, with Wagner back from a sore shoulder, rebounded from a demoralizing defeat by beating the Phillies 6-3 on Wednesday.

John Maine pitched seven effective innings and New York took advantage of a wild Brett Myers in his return from the minors to again tie the Phillies for first place in the NL East.

"We'll be there," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "They have a good team, we have a good team."

New York had a great chance to take sole possession of the division lead in the series opener Tuesday night, but its makeshift bullpen -- missing an ailing Wagner -- blew a 5-2 lead for Johan Santana in the ninth inning of an 8-6 loss.

Wagner declared himself available Wednesday after testing his left shoulder before the game by playing long toss from about 250 feet and throwing off a bullpen mound.

The All-Star entered in the ninth and got three quick outs for his 25th save in 31 chances, securing New York's eighth victory in nine home games.

"Of course you feel it, but I was able to stick with it," Wagner said. "If I can compete, I'll be out there.

"The training crew, they deserve a lot of this credit," he added. "They were fantastic. They deserve a lot of the credit just to get me out there."

The series finale is Thursday, with Jamie Moyer pitching for the Phillies against Oliver Perez.

With the score tied 3-all, Damion Easley opened the sixth with the second of his three infield singles before Brian Schneider also singled against Ryan Madson (2-1).

Maine struck out trying to bunt, but Reyes drove Madson's next pitch to right for his 11th homer. He raised his right index finger high as he trotted from first to second.

"I was excited there," Reyes said. "I have to enjoy it because that's big there."

Maine (9-7) gave up consecutive homers to Shane Victorino and Geoff Jenkins in the second, but kept Philadelphia in check most of the way. Jimmy Rollins tied it at 3 with an RBI double in the fifth.

"I just needed a good game," Maine said. "I wasn't worried about walking guys."

The right-hander pitched only 19 innings over his previous four starts, going 0-2. He yielded six hits Wednesday, striking out five and walking two.

"He attacked the strike zone a lot better," Manuel said. "That's huge for him."

Scott Schoeneweis and Joe Smith combined for a scoreless eighth.

Hoping to find his form, Myers made four starts in the minors before returning to the rotation Wednesday for his first major league outing since June 27. He entered 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA and said recently he realized he needs to use his fastball more and pitch more aggressively.

Still, the 27-year-old right-hander struggled with his command all game. He walked four straight batters in the first inning as frustrated Phillies manager Charlie Manuel watched helplessly, chomping on his gum while leaning over the dugout railing.

Marlon Anderson made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout.

"I felt if the first inning didn't go that way we would've won the game and I probably would have pitched nine innings, the way I felt tonight," Myers said. "I was excited to get out there. I had some fun out there."

Maine coughed up the lead right away, serving up the homers to Victorino and Jenkins in the second. Victorino connected Tuesday off Santana.

Myers loaded the bases in the third on a walk, a hit batter and Carlos Beltran's single. Easley's run-scoring infield single with two outs put New York ahead 3-2.

"I felt like his stuff was good," Charlie Manuel said, referring to Myers. "I think he was amped. He definitely wanted to do good. He didn't want to come out of the game. He had some fight to him. ... I think right now we need more looks at him."

Notes

  • Pedro Martinez left Shea Stadium in the seventh inning after learning his father died in the Dominican Republic, and the Mets right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against St. Louis. RHP Mike Pelfrey will move up a day to pitch on regular rest in Martinez's place, and New York is undecided about a starter for Saturday. Martinez hasn't pitched since leaving his July 12 start with a sore shoulder and tightness in his groin.
  • Jerry Manuel moved streaking Carlos Delgado up to the cleanup spot and dropped Beltran to fifth. It was the first time Beltran batted fifth since June 15, 2003, with Kansas City.
  • Myers is 0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in 10 starts on the road this year.
 
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Jose Reyes (7) is greeted at home plate after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. (AP)
Jose Reyes (7) is greeted at home plate after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Maine
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4011011 .270
Chase Utley, 2B3000111 .290
Pat Burrell, LF3000112 .280
Ryan Howard, 1B4010002 .236
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000001 .310
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH-3B1000001 .259
Shane Victorino, CF4111001 .279
Geoff Jenkins, RF3111020 .240
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000000 .229
Carlos Ruiz, C3110100 .212
Brett Myers, P1000011 .069
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   c- So Taguchi, PH1010000 .232
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals3136336  
a-grounded out for Dobbs in the 8th
b-grounded out for Jenkins in the 9th
c-singled for Madson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (23, Maine)
HR - Shane Victorino (7, Maine), Geoff Jenkins (9, Maine)
SH - Brett Myers (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (35), Shane Victorino (31), Geoff Jenkins (27)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (12), Geoff Jenkins (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Pedro Feliz (8, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 5333520 5.82
Ryan Madson (L,2-1) 1433121 3.14
Clay Condrey 2300100 3.56
IBB - Reyes by Clay Condrey
HBP - Delgado (by Brett Myers)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 95-49, Ryan Madson 24-14, Clay Condrey 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 11-2, Ryan Madson 1-0, Clay Condrey 7-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 24, Ryan Madson 8, Clay Condrey 11
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4113101 .297
Endy Chavez, RF4100114 .259
David Wright, 3B3210201 .288
Carlos Delgado, 1B2010200 .262
Carlos Beltran, CF3011102 .268
Marlon Anderson, LF4001023 .203
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- Robinson Cancel, PH1000002 .250
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Damion Easley, 2B5131004 .282
Brian Schneider, C4120003 .248
John Maine, P3010012 .122
   b- Fernando Tatis, PH-LF1000002 .291
Totals34610674  
a-grounded out for Smith in the 8th
b-grounded out for Maine in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Schneider (6, Condrey)
HR - Jose Reyes (11, Madson)
SH - Carlos Beltran (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (46), Carlos Beltran (70), Marlon Anderson (10), Damion Easley (25)
2-OUT RBI - Damion Easley (11)
SB - David Wright (13, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Easley-Delgado
New York Mets
John Maine (W,9-7) 7633252 4.20
Scott Schoeneweis (H,11) 0.2000110 2.50
Joe Smith (H,8) 0.1000000 3.10
Billy Wagner (S,25) 1000000 2.14
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 104-66, Scott Schoeneweis 12-7, Joe Smith 4-3, Billy Wagner 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 5-10, Joe Smith 1-0, Billy Wagner 2-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 28, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Joe Smith 1, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53444
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins