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Pirates break tie in eighth, end Mets' six-game winning streak

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PITTSBURGH -- Steve Pearce was coming to bat against the New York Mets with the bases loaded in a tie game, and Pittsburgh teammate Jack Wilson wanted to have a word with the rookie.

"I reminded him he's been in that situation before," Wilson said. "It's important for young guys to know they can come up big in those situations."

Pearce again delivered against the Mets, hitting a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that led the Pirates to a 5-2 victory Monday, ending New York's six-game winning streak.

The loss left the Mets with a 1½-game lead over idle Philadelphia in the NL East.

Adam LaRoche homered and Wilson hit a two-run double as the Pirates stopped a four-game losing skid.

Last Monday in New York, Pearce's two-run single in the ninth broke a tie and helped the Pirates rally for a 7-5 victory. The 25-year-old is hitting .222 with 13 strikeouts in 54 at-bats this season, but is 4-for-10 in three games against the Mets over the past week.

"He's making progress," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "He's been working with our hitting coach Don Long, and is getting better. He worked to get a good pitch to hit. I'm sure it was a nice boost to get that."

Pearce's hit helped the Pirates, who trailed 2-0, record their 29th comeback victory.

"It seems like we're always in the game," Pearce said. "If we hang around long enough, we have the ability to get it done."

Sean Burnett (1-1) got Carlos Delgado to pop out with the bases loaded, ending the Mets eighth and preserving a 2-all tie. John Grabow pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

LaRoche singled with one out in the eighth off Pedro Feliciano (2-3). Duaner Sanchez relieved, and a single by Jason Michaels and an intentional walk to Andy LaRoche loaded the bases.

Pearce followed with a single past the dive of drawn-in third baseman David Wright, and Wilson hit his double.

"We took advantage of a couple of mistakes to push across some runs," Russell said. "It was a nice win for us."

Mets starter John Maine, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, pitched five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked four and was lifted after throwing 96 pitches.

"It was just a lot of pitches, a lot of pitches," New York manager Jerry Manuel said. "We've got to find a better way of economizing those pitches at some point."

Maine said he's still dealing with the effects of a mild strain to his right rotator cuff.

"It's not getting any worse but it's not getting any better," he said "It's a little sore but I just think I have to keep doing my stuff between starts. It's going to get better. It's not getting any worse.

Brian Stokes relieved Maine in the sixth and Adam LaRoche tied it with a two-run homer.

Paul Maholm pitched at least six innings for the 19th straight start, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher since Doug Drabek in 1992. Maholm gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

"We had some opportunities, but you have got to give their left-handed pitcher credit, too," Manuel said "He really made the pitches he had to when we had men in scoring position. He's probably their hottest pitcher right now. It was a difficult battle."

Manuel was ejected for the fourth time as Mets manager for arguing after an unusual double play in the third inning.

Argenis Reyes was safe when Wilson's throw to first sailed to the railing, and umpire Joe West ruled the Mets rookie made a slight turn toward second after crossing the bat. Reyes was tagged out by Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit, who was backing up the play.

"If that's the interpretation, then he was right," Manuel said.

For the eighth time in 11 games, the Mets scored in the first inning. Reyes led off with a single, Nick Evans hit the first of his two doubles and Carlos Beltran had a sacrifice fly.

Carlos Delgado's RBI grounder in the fourth made it 2-0.

Notes

  • The Pirates placed Doug Mientkiewicz on bereavement leave after the game and recalled OF Nyjer Morgan from Triple-A Indianapolis.
  • Before the game, the Mets optioned rookie RHP Eddie Kunz to Triple-A New Orleans to make room for reliever Luis Ayala, acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
  • Sandy Alomar Sr. managed the Mets following Manuel's ejection.
  • Mets SS Jose Reyes was given the day off.
  • New York won the season series 4-3.
  • Mets starters allowed one run in 28 innings in the four-game series against the Pirates.
  • Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps (right shoulder bursitis) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Altoona on Wednesday and throw a side session Thursday. The right-hander has been out since July 2.
  • Pirates OF Brandon Moss said tests to his sprained left ankle Monday showed no further damage. Moss, who was hurt Sunday, is day-to-day.
  • The four-game series drew 129,473 fans, a PNC Park record.
 
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Jerry Manuel isn't around to watch the end of the game after being tossed in the fourth inning.  (AP)
Jerry Manuel isn't around to watch the end of the game after being tossed in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Argenis Reyes, 2B5110002 .275
Nick Evans, LF3020000 .260
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1010000 .429
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B3110113 .292
Carlos Beltran, CF2011111 .273
Carlos Delgado, 1B4001015 .255
Fernando Tatis, RF2000210 .294
Damion Easley, SS3000102 .262
Ramon Castro, C4000001 .261
John Maine, P1000100 .111
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .667
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   b- Endy Chavez, PH-LF1000000 .271
   c- Robinson Cancel, PH0000100 .233
Totals2926274  
a-singled for Evans in the 8th
b-popped out-bunting for Schoeneweis in the 8th
c-walked for Chavez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Evans 2 (8, Maholm, Maholm), Carlos Beltran (32, Maholm)
SF - Carlos Beltran (4)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (83), Carlos Delgado (79)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
John Maine 5200430 3.82
Brian Stokes 1.1322001 4.50
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2000000 3.04
Pedro Feliciano (L,2-3) 0.1111000 3.74
Duaner Sanchez0322100 4.11
Joe Smith 0.2000110 4.20
IBB - LaRoche by Duaner Sanchez, McLouth by Joe Smith
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 96-59, Brian Stokes 30-19, Scott Schoeneweis 9-6, Pedro Feliciano 5-2, Duaner Sanchez 9-4, Joe Smith 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-5, Brian Stokes 3-1, Joe Smith 1-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 20, Brian Stokes 7, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Pedro Feliciano 2, Duaner Sanchez 4, Joe Smith 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3000201 .275
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010002 .253
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .333
   a- Luis Rivas, PH1000003 .226
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Ryan Doumit, C4110001 .323
Adam LaRoche, 1B3222110 .268
Jason Michaels, LF3110110 .233
Andy LaRoche, 3B3100102 .196
Steve Pearce, RF3011102 .222
Jack Wilson, SS4022002 .288
Paul Maholm, P1000011 .113
   b- Chris Gomez, PH-2B2010012 .294
Totals3159564  
a-grounded out for Burnett in the 8th
b-singled for Maholm in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jack Wilson (15, Sanchez)
HR - Adam LaRoche (16, Stokes)
SH - Paul Maholm (2)
RBI - Adam LaRoche 2 (54), Steve Pearce (6), Jack Wilson 2 (18)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-LaRoche, J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 7522340 3.64
Tyler Yates 0.2100200 5.18
Sean Burnett (W,1-1) 0.1000000 4.10
John Grabow (S,4) 1000200 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 96-56, Tyler Yates 24-11, Sean Burnett 3-2, John Grabow 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-5, John Grabow 2-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, Tyler Yates 5, Sean Burnett 1, John Grabow 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19066
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox