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Mets endure shaky ninth inning without hurt Wagner

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NEW YORK -- After mixing and matching his way through a nervous ninth inning, Mets manager Jerry Manuel sat down behind the microphone and took a long drink.

"I feel like I need to be turning that water into wine," he said with a chuckle, holding up his plastic bottle for effect.

Hours after the Mets put All-Star closer Billy Wagner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left forearm, New York's makeshift bullpen managed to close out the San Diego Padres 6-5 Tuesday.

But it wasn't easy.

Aaron Heilman gave up a three-run homer before Scott Schoeneweis earned the save, ensuring that Fernando Tatis' two home runs and four RBI didn't get wasted.

By the time it was over, Manuel wasn't sure who his closer would be going forward.

"I'm going to have to be very careful, cautious, with handling this bullpen situation," he said. "I don't want to discourage anyone, but at the same time I want people to step up."

Wagner's injury is a major blow to New York as it pursues a playoff spot, even though the lefty has squandered seven of 34 save chances. Schoeneweis became the first Mets reliever besides Wagner to earn a save this season when he retired Brian Giles on his only pitch.

Mike Pelfrey (10-7) pitched effectively into the seventh inning to help the Mets end a four-game skid.

Before the game, Manuel said Heilman, his struggling setup man, would get the first shot at closing duties in Wagner's absence. It didn't last long.

Handed a four-run cushion when he entered to start the ninth, Heilman walked his first batter on four pitches and gave up a three-run shot to Jody Gerut with one out.

At that point, Manuel had seen enough. He popped out of the dugout to lift Heilman, booed loudly by the crowd of 52,130.

"It's certainly frustrating," Heilman said. "You want to go out there and do well."

Joe Smith retired Tadahito Iguchi on a foul popup, and Manuel brought in Schoeneweis to face Giles in a lefty-on-lefty matchup. Giles' well-hit drive to center was caught by Carlos Beltran, securing Schoeneweis' ninth major league save.

San Diego gave the Mets what turned out to be an important insurance run in the eighth when Gerut's throwing error from center made it 6-2.

With the Mets back home following a 1-5 road trip that knocked them out of first place in the NL East, Pelfrey held the punchless Padres in check on nine hits through 6 2/3 innings. He is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in his past five starts at Shea Stadium, where New York is 12-2 in its last 14 games.

The right-hander allowed solo homers to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Adrian Gonzalez before Pedro Feliciano worked 1 1/3 perfect innings. Pelfrey won for the eighth time in nine decisions.

The last-place Padres, who pulled off a four-game sweep against the Mets in early June, dropped to 18-36 on the road.

San Diego starter Chris Young was pulled after yielding only one hit in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five, though.

Young was making his second start since coming off the disabled list -- he missed more than two months with a broken nose and fractured skull after getting hit in the face by Albert Pujols' line drive on May 21.

"In certain in ways, I'm lucky to be out there," Young said. "I threw all right. My movement was a little bit off."

A former basketball star at Princeton, the 6-foot-10 right-hander limited New York to Tatis' solo shot in the fourth before he was lifted by manager Bud Black after 98 pitches.

With Young out of the game, the Mets quickly made their move.

After striking out twice against Young, Beltran singled off Mike Adams (1-1) to put runners at first and second. Tatis then hooked a 2-2 pitch into the left-field corner for his 101st major league homer and ninth this season, giving New York a 4-2 lead.

With the crowd chanting his name, Tatis came out for a curtain call. He tossed his head back to soak it all in and pointed two fingers toward the sky.

"All of Shea Stadium cheering for my name -- it's unbelievable," Tatis said. "It's amazing for me."

Tatis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his eighth career multihomer game and first since Sept. 16, 2000, with St. Louis.

Out of baseball from 2004-05, the 33-year-old Tatis has given the Mets a crucial and surprising boost since he was called up from the minors May 13. Filling in regularly for injured outfielders Moises Alou and Ryan Church, Tatis has piled up 33 RBI with a string of clutch home runs and hits.

"It's been a nice resurrection for them -- and for him," Black said.

Daniel Murphy added a run-scoring double in the seventh off Clay Hensley for his first extra-base hit and RBI in the majors.

Notes

  • Adams allowed his first runs since July 4.
  • With Shea Stadium set to be demolished after this season, fans and collectors can buy seats from the 44-year-old ballpark -- for $869 per pair -- online at Mets.com beginning Aug. 25.
 
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Fernando Tatis has good reason to be excited after producing two homers and four runs for the Mets. (AP)
Fernando Tatis has good reason to be excited after producing two homers and four runs for the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

F. Tatis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
San Diego

J. Gerut
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF5133000 .291
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5000002 .250
Brian Giles, RF5010001 .296
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111021 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4121000 .275
Chase Headley, LF3020000 .243
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000000 .286
    Justin Hampson, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C3110112 .233
Luis Rodriguez, SS4010004 .186
Chris Young, P2000010 .056
    Scott Hairston, LF1100101 .250
Totals37511524  
a-grounded out for Hensley in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jody Gerut (8, Heilman), Adrian Gonzalez (27, Pelfrey), Kevin Kouzmanoff (16, Pelfrey)
RBI - Jody Gerut 3 (27), Adrian Gonzalez (84), Kevin Kouzmanoff (57)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (27)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kouzmanoff-Iguchi-Gonzalez
E - Jody Gerut (2, Throwing), Tadahito Iguchi (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Chris Young 5.1122551 4.06
Mike Adams (L,1-1) 0.2222001 2.25
Clay Hensley 1111100 5.65
Justin Hampson 1210000 4.61
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 98-55, Mike Adams 14-10, Clay Hensley 13-7, Justin Hampson 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 4-7, Mike Adams 1-1, Clay Hensley 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 22, Mike Adams 4, Clay Hensley 4, Justin Hampson 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000021 .306
Daniel Murphy, LF2011201 .333
    Endy Chavez, RF0000000 .266
David Wright, 3B4000003 .283
Carlos Delgado, 1B2100210 .267
Carlos Beltran, CF4220022 .268
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF4224001 .316
Damion Easley, 2B3000000 .276
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   a- Nick Evans, PH1010000 .240
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Brian Schneider, C3000101 .247
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .103
    Argenis Reyes, 2B0100100 .289
Totals2766565  
a-doubled for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (1, Hensley), Nick Evans (5, Hampson)
HR - Fernando Tatis 2 (9, C. Young, Adams)
SH - Jose Reyes (4), Mike Pelfrey (7)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (1), Fernando Tatis 4 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Easley-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,10-7) 6.2922132 3.85
Pedro Feliciano (H,12) 1.1000010 3.76
Aaron Heilman 0.1233101 5.67
Joe Smith (H,10) 0.1000000 3.80
Scott Schoeneweis (S,1) 0.1000000 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 101-59, Pedro Feliciano 15-9, Aaron Heilman 19-10, Joe Smith 4-3, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 11-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 29, Pedro Feliciano 4, Aaron Heilman 4, Joe Smith 1, Scott Schoeneweis 1
Game Information
Attendance - 52130
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Brian Gorman