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Delgado's bomb carries Mets to fifth straight win

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NEW YORK -- Carlos Delgado's eyes lit up. Yes, it's nice to see all those baserunners. Passing Mickey Mantle, well, that's pretty cool, too.

Delgado hit a three-run homer in a five-run eighth inning and finished with five RBI, moving past Mantle on the career list and helping the surging New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

"It's a team effort," Delgado said. "We get guys on, we put together good at-bats, put pressure on the opposition and good things happen."

Jonathon Niese plugged a hole in New York's rotation with six effective innings and Carlos Beltran had a tiebreaking RBI single for the Mets, who improved to 3-0 on their eight-game homestand.

Nyjer Morgan had two hits and reached base five times for the slumping Pirates, who have lost six straight and 10 of 11 overall. Pittsburgh also has lost six consecutive road games.

"We've got to stay focused and keep plugging away," said Morgan, who has done his part on the road with a .375 average away from PNC Park this year. "It's part of our learning situation."

Jose Reyes got the winning rally started with a single to center off Tyler Yates (0-2). Luis Castillo then walked before Beltran sliced a single down the third-base line to give New York a 3-2 lead.

Sean Burnett came in for Yates and Delgado greeted him with a drive over the wall in right-center. Delgado's fourth homer gave him 1,512 RBI, snapping a tie with Mantle for 48th place on the career list.

"It is pretty flattering," said a wide-eyed Delgado, who didn't know he had passed the former Yankees star until after the game, "so you've just got to hopefully continue and keep adding to the list."

Omir Santos tacked on an RBI single as New York sent 11 batters to the plate in its second-biggest inning of the season. The Mets scored six runs in the first against Florida on April 27.

Bobby Parnell (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth to earn the win.

New York got a big lift from Niese, who gave up two runs and seven hits. Niese was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo when struggling left-hander Oliver Perez went on the disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his right knee. Reliever Ken Takahashi was slated to take Perez's turn in the rotation, but the Mets instead opted to give Niese his first start of the season.

The 22-year-old lefty struck out five and walked none, earning another turn in the rotation.

"I thought he kept the ball in play, nice little curveball he showed, so it didn't seem like it bothered him or anxiety was a problem, anything like that," manager Jerry Manuel said. "I thought he did well."

Niese got a break in the first when Morgan slid past second on a steal attempt and was tagged out before Nate McLouth's base hit into left field. Morgan pounded the bench when he got back to the dugout.

But Niese experienced a little misfortune in the third. Morgan hit a one-out RBI single and moved to second on Freddy Sanchez's groundout. McLouth then hit a lazy fly that looked like the final out of the inning.

Beltran, a Gold Glove center fielder, and right fielder Ryan Church each ran into right-center to get the ball but both struggled to find it in the night sky and it landed behind Beltran in center. Morgan scampered home on McLouth's double to tie it at 2.

"Things happen," said Niese, who promptly got Adam LaRoche to ground out to end the inning. "I've made mistakes. Everybody's made mistakes."

Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens also had to deal with some bad luck. Castillo's well-placed grounder to the right of the mound in the first helped set up Delgado's two-run single.

"If I would have made a play on that groundball in the first inning, it might have made a difference in the game," Karstens said.

Karstens allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings after going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in his previous two starts.

Notes

  • Pirates SS Jack Wilson (sprained left middle finger) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night.
  • Mets RHP John Maine, who turned 28 on Friday, is scheduled to start the second game of the series against LHP Paul Maholm.
  • The Pirates announced that RHP Jimmy Barthmaier will have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
 
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Here come the props for Carlos Delgado after his eighth-inning homer. He ends with five RBI. (Getty Images)
Here come the props for Carlos Delgado after his eighth-inning homer. He ends with five RBI. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF3121101 .308
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5011014 .316
Nate McLouth, CF5021004 .295
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010002 .240
Andy LaRoche, 3B4010020 .250
Brandon Moss, RF4000032 .185
Robinzon Diaz, C4000002 .294
Brian Bixler, SS4120020 .227
Jeff Karstens, P1000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000011 .313
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH0100100 .229
Totals3539329  
a-struck out for Karstens in the 7th
b-walked for Veal in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (3, Niese), Brian Bixler (3, Green)
SH - Jeff Karstens (1)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (13), Freddy Sanchez (11), Nate McLouth (19)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (4), Nate McLouth (3)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (8, 2nd base off Niese/Santos)
CS - Nyjer Morgan (4, 2nd base by Niese/Santos)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - LaRoche
PB - Robinzon Diaz (1)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeff Karstens 6722030 5.19
Tyler Yates (L,0-2) 1333110 8.71
Sean Burnett 0.2322101 3.29
Donnie Veal 0.1000100 4.15
WP - Sean Burnett (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 87-55, Tyler Yates 24-13, Sean Burnett 32-17, Donnie Veal 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 5-9, Sean Burnett 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 24, Tyler Yates 6, Sean Burnett 6, Donnie Veal 2
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4220102 .254
Luis Castillo, 2B4220104 .319
Carlos Beltran, CF4111002 .377
Carlos Delgado, 1B4135010 .294
David Wright, 3B4000022 .302
Daniel Murphy, LF4110002 .311
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000000 .231
Omir Santos, C4011010 .257
Ryan Church, RF4010000 .264
Jonathon Niese, P2010001 .500
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Cora, PH1010000 .313
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Gary Sheffield, PH0000100 .158
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals35713734  
a-singled for Takahashi in the 7th
b-walked (passed ball) for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (4, Burnett)
HR - Carlos Delgado (4, Burnett)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (21), Carlos Delgado 5 (23), Omir Santos (6)
SB - Jose Reyes (8, 2nd base off Karstens/Diaz), Luis Castillo (2, 2nd base off Karstens/Diaz)
CS - Alex Cora (1, 2nd base by Yates/Diaz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 6722050 3.00
Sean Green 0.2100010 8.31
Ken Takahashi 0.1000000 0.00
Bobby Parnell (W,1-0) 1000020 1.29
J.J. Putz 1111210 3.71
HBP - Morgan (by Sean Green)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 95-67, Sean Green 11-7, Ken Takahashi 1-1, Bobby Parnell 16-12, J.J. Putz 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-5, Ken Takahashi 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 25, Sean Green 4, Ken Takahashi 1, Bobby Parnell 3, J.J. Putz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38496
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ed Montague