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Mets bullpen strikes again, loses 5-1 lead to Pirates in loss

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NEW YORK -- Mets manager Jerry Manuel promised changes after his bullpen collapsed again Monday, and wasn't ruling anything out.

"I might start using starters down there," he said with a grin.

Steve Pearce hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates became the latest team to take advantage of the Mets' slumping relievers, rallying for a 7-5 win.

"We can't continue to perform this way late in the game," Manuel said. "We have to make some adjustments. I have to figure out what I have and who is willing to step up in those roles."

The Mets led 5-1 when Pedro Martinez left after six innings, but five relievers couldn't preserve the edge. The Pirates, in town to play a makeup game, scored three times in the seventh and three more in the ninth.

"Today was a big win for us, a big win," said Ryan Doumit, who atoned for an earlier error with a tying RBI single in the ninth. "They had the momentum the entire game."

It marked the ninth time this season New York lost a game in which it led in the eighth inning or later. The Mets have struggled lately minus injured All-Star closer Billy Wagner.

"This is obviously a tough one to swallow," third baseman David Wright said. "We have to refocus and not allow this to cross over into this road trip."

Aaron Heilman (2-7) began the ninth with a 5-4 lead, but allowed four straight Pirates to reach after striking out leadoff hitter Nate McLouth. Doumit hit a tying single off the right-center wall and Heilman hit Andy LaRoche with a pitch to load the bases.

Scott Schoeneweis relieved and got Brandon Moss to ground into a forceout at the plate. Pearce followed with his tiebreaking single to center.

"I didn't want to let the team down like I did previously," said Pearce, who committed a baserunning blunder in the third and popped up with the bases loaded to end the fourth. "I got in there, worked the count and got the pitch that I was waiting for."

Heilman absorbed his third blown save in five opportunities and is 1-4 with a 10.97 ERA in his last nine games.

"You just keep pitching," Heilman said. "You just keep going out there and keep battling. It's all you can do."

Carlos Beltran hit a leadoff single in the bottom half after Manuel was thrown out by umpire Bill Hohn for arguing balls and strikes. But John Grabow struck out Carlos Delgado and got Fernando Tatis to ground into a double play.

Denny Bautista (4-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the win and Grabow earned his second save.

"It was real big for these guys to really pull together and come back," Pirates manager John Russell said, "especially 5-1 down, and didn't look like anything was going our way at all."

New York wasted an effective start by Martinez, who allowed one run and three hits. Wright hit a three-run shot and Robinson Cancel had his first career homer.

Doug Mientkiewicz had three hits and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which held second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson out of the starting lineup because of minor shoulder problems.

Sanchez had a pinch-hit RBI double as the Pirates pushed across three runs in the seventh to cut it to 5-4. The Mets used Joe Smith, who failed to retire both batters he faced, Pedro Feliciano, and Duaner Sanchez to get through the inning.

Sanchez got the final out and worked a scoreless eighth before the implosion in the ninth.

The Mets got off to a fast start against Zach Duke. Jose Reyes led off the first with an infield single, Nick Evans reached on third baseman LaRoche's error and Wright hit his 23rd home run.

The Pirates' defense hurt them again in the third. Cancel hit a two-out single to center and McLouth made a nice throw to the plate but Doumit dropped it, allowing Delgado to score.

"That play was unexcusable," Doumit said. "It was a perfect throw from Nate."

Cancel, getting the start behind the plate with Ramon Castro ailing, homered in the sixth.

The Pirates and Mets started late when the game, a makeup of an April 28 rainout, was delayed 31 minutes because of rain in the area of Shea Stadium. The first few innings were played under overcast skies that eventually gave way to a sunny afternoon.

Notes

  • Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start Tuesday night against Cincinnati in his first home game since being acquired from the New York Yankees on July 26. "I just want to take it one start at a time for now, and finish the year strong," said Karstens, who tossed 15 scoreless innings and went 2-0 in his first two starts with Pittsburgh.
  • Manuel doesn't think Castro (sore right ankle) will need a stint on the DL.
  • Mets 2B Luis Castillo (strained left hip flexor) left a rehab stint with Class A St. Lucie to take care of a personal situation.
 
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David Wright and the frustrated Mets let another late lead slip away.  (AP)
David Wright and the frustrated Mets let another late lead slip away. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

D. Mientkiewicz
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3000111 .275
Luis Rivas, SS4210122 .235
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4032100 .293
Ryan Doumit, C4112013 .332
Andy LaRoche, 3B3100101 .179
Brandon Moss, LF4000103 .263
Steve Pearce, RF4022003 .244
Chris Gomez, 2B3200213 .288
Zach Duke, P1000001 .136
   a- Freddy Sanchez, PH1111000 .250
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000001 .232
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Totals3278775  
a-doubled for Duke in the 7th
b-grounded out for Beam in the 8th
Batting
2B - Doug Mientkiewicz (19, Feliciano), Steve Pearce (4, P. Martinez), Freddy Sanchez (18, Smith)
SF - Ryan Doumit (3)
SH - Nate McLouth (4), Zach Duke (4)
RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz 2 (26), Ryan Doumit 2 (43), Steve Pearce 2 (5), Freddy Sanchez (46)
2-OUT RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz (9), Steve Pearce 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - Rivas-Gomez-Mientkiewicz
E - Ryan Doumit (5, Missed catch of throw), Andy LaRoche (2, Misplayed grounder), Luis Rivas (7, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke 6853132 5.10
T.J. Beam 1100100 4.25
Denny Bautista (W,4-2) 1100130 3.43
John Grabow (S,2) 1100010 3.14
IBB - Delgado by T.J. Beam
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 105-73, T.J. Beam 17-8, Denny Bautista 28-16, John Grabow 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 9-8, T.J. Beam 2-1, John Grabow 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 29, T.J. Beam 5, Denny Bautista 5, John Grabow 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5120010 .303
Nick Evans, LF4110000 .258
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH0000100 .478
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B5123014 .293
Carlos Beltran, CF5010002 .271
Carlos Delgado, 1B3110211 .262
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF5020003 .305
Damion Easley, 2B4000006 .263
Robinson Cancel, C4121012 .241
Pedro Martinez, P2000022 .120
   b- Argenis Reyes, PH1000000 .228
    Endy Chavez, RF1000010 .269
Totals39511437  
a-walked for Sanchez in the 8th
b-lined out for P. Martinez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nick Evans (6, Duke), David Wright (32, Beam)
HR - David Wright (23, Duke), Robinson Cancel (1, Duke)
RBI - David Wright 3 (93), Robinson Cancel (4)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (39, 2nd base off Duke/Doumit, 2nd base off D. Bautista/Doumit)
Team LOB - 10
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez 6311430 5.37
Joe Smith0122100 4.40
Pedro Feliciano (H,15) 0.2111100 3.77
Duaner Sanchez (H,18) 1.1000010 3.65
Aaron Heilman (BS,3; L,2-7) 0.1233110 5.74
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2100000 3.09
HBP - Pearce (by Duaner Sanchez), LaRoche (by Aaron Heilman)
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 99-61, Joe Smith 9-5, Pedro Feliciano 9-4, Duaner Sanchez 20-12, Aaron Heilman 23-12, Scott Schoeneweis 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 5-10, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 1-2, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 25, Joe Smith 2, Pedro Feliciano 4, Duaner Sanchez 5, Aaron Heilman 5, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53534
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Kevin Causey