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Mets' lineup comes to life in sixth straight victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- As he walked into the postgame interview room, Sandy Alomar Sr. shouted out a request for the media to take it easy on him. He followed that up with a hearty laugh, knowing it would be difficult to grill him.

The New York Mets had just completed what might have been their most well-rounded win of the season.

Alomar took over the manager's seat for the suspended Jerry Manuel on Saturday, and the Mets took advantage of an expansive Citi Field to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 for their sixth straight win.

  Mets' Manuel suspended | Castro's tight quad

"It was a great day in the park," said Alomar, who didn't think he ever had to act as manager in the big leagues. "When you get 10 runs, the other team one, I don't know if there's anything difficult to it."

Manuel was suspended one game for making contact with umpire Bill Welke during an argument in the Mets' 7-5 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Jose Reyes capped a five-run fourth with a two-run single, and the Mets had 13 well-placed singles out of a season-high 17 hits to improve to 10-6 at their new ballpark. Carlos Beltran hit a long home run and David Wright tripled, giving the Mets 12 homers and 11 three-base hits at home this season.

Reyes finished with three hits, three RBI and a stolen base for New York, which moved three games over .500 for the first time this year.

"He makes me young just watching him, the energy he has," said Gary Sheffield, who made a sliding catch on a sinking liner in left.

John Maine overcame what he called his worst pregame warm-ups of the year to pitch six innings. He allowed just three hits, inducing nine flyouts and making only one mistake: Paul Maholm's first career homer leading off the fifth, after Maine had sat 23 minutes during the Mets' five-run inning.

"At least something positive happened today," Maholm said. "The first time since '98 I hit one. I was a junior in high school."

The loss was Pittsburgh's seventh straight and 11th in 12 games after an 11-7 start.

"We've just got to stay after it. That's all we can do," Pirates manager John Russell said. "The guys are pressing a little bit, but that's only natural."

The Mets sent 10 batter to the plate in the fourth, using six singles and a walk to help hand Maholm (3-1) his first loss of the season in seven starts. Maholm had retired eight straight after giving up two singles and a wild pitch for a run in the first.

Wright, Sheffield -- who had his first multihit game of the season -- and Fernando Tatis had consecutive RBI hits before Reyes got his two-run single to break open the game.

"We have the players, the ingredients and I believe that the players are believing more and more in the things that we've been doing," Alomar said.

Mets starters improved to 5-0 during the winning streak as Maine (3-2) won his third straight. He walked just two -- one intentionally -- after giving six free passes in his outing May 4 against Atlanta.

"They didn't have many walks but I could have done better," said Maine, who threw 102 pitches. "It's just three good starts in a row, and next time hopefully I'll lower the pitches a little bit and get to the seventh."

Beltran homered into the second deck of the left-field stands, his sixth homer of the year, leading off the fifth to make it 7-1. Wright had his run-scoring triple in the seventh.

"I think the only hard hit ball they had all day was Beltran's home run and that was one of my few bad pitches. The other ones I pretty much hit my spot," said Maholm, who gave up 10 hits and seven runs in a season-low five innings.

Notes

  • Mets C Ramon Castro left the game because of a tight right quadriceps. He is day to day. Alomar said Castro is ready to play.
  • Pirates SS Jack Wilson (sprained left middle finger) doubled and had two RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night.
 
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Carlos Beltran finds the second deck in left for his sixth home run to give the Mets a 7-1 lead.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Beltran finds the second deck in left for his sixth home run to give the Mets a 7-1 lead. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF4000011 .298
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3010100 .317
Nate McLouth, CF4000002 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000012 .231
Brandon Moss, RF4000010 .176
Andy LaRoche, 3B3020000 .264
Ramon Vazquez, SS4010013 .167
Jason Jaramillo, C3000103 .277
Paul Maholm, P2111002 .154
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Monroe, PH1000011 .229
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Totals3215125  
a-struck out for J. Chavez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andy LaRoche 2 (9, Maine, Stokes)
HR - Paul Maholm (1, Maine)
RBI - Paul Maholm (1)
SB - Freddy Sanchez 2 (3, 2nd base off Maine/Castro, 2nd base off Maine/Castro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (L,3-1) 51077121 4.06
Jesse Chavez 1000010 2.25
Evan Meek 1211000 2.79
John Grabow 1522010 3.95
WP - Paul Maholm (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 93-63, Jesse Chavez 11-10, Evan Meek 22-14, John Grabow 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-5, Jesse Chavez 2-0, Evan Meek 3-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, Jesse Chavez 3, Evan Meek 5, John Grabow 8
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5133000 .268
    Alex Cora, SS0000000 .313
Luis Castillo, 2B5121014 .325
Carlos Beltran, CF5221003 .378
Carlos Delgado, 1B5120013 .300
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B5122013 .306
Gary Sheffield, RF4121001 .190
Fernando Tatis, LF-1B4221001 .341
Ramon Castro, C2000110 .292
    Omir Santos, C1110000 .278
John Maine, P2000003 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .308
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH-LF1011000 .286
Totals4010171014  
a-grounded out for Maine in the 6th
b-singled for Takahashi in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (6, Meek), Omir Santos (3, Grabow)
3B - David Wright (2, Meek)
HR - Carlos Beltran (6, Maholm)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (12), Luis Castillo (7), Carlos Beltran (22), David Wright 2 (17), Gary Sheffield (5), Fernando Tatis (3), Jeremy Reed (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (3), David Wright (7)
SB - Jose Reyes (9, 3rd base off Maholm/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
John Maine (W,3-2) 6311231 4.54
Ken Takahashi 2100020 0.00
Brian Stokes 1100000 0.00
IBB - Jaramillo by John Maine
HBP - LaRoche (by John Maine)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 102-64, Ken Takahashi 25-18, Brian Stokes 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 4-11, Ken Takahashi 1-3
Batters Faced - John Maine 24, Ken Takahashi 7, Brian Stokes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39769
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne