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Sheffield's tiebreaking homer upheld, Mets dump Nats

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NEW YORK -- Gary Sheffield hit a drive to the top of the left-field wall, just before the fence reaches the 15-foot, 8½-inch mark. A fan reached out and touched the ball.

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While the intial call was home run, Washington manager Manny Acta argued and three umpires went inside for a video review. For six minutes, players and fans at Citi Field wondered.

Crew chief Larry Vanover finally signaled home run, and the banged-up New York Mets went on to beat the hapless Washington Nationals 5-2 on Monday night.

Sheffield himself was curious during the wait.

"I went down to see it on TV, but they were showing both managers," he said. "They didn't show the replay, so, you know, I got kind of scared."

He wound up with his fourth homer of the season and No. 503 in his big league career. Since Carlos Delgado got hurt and Sheffield began playing regularly as the cleanup hitter on May 13, the 40-year-old is hitting .395 (15-for-38) with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI. He's raised his average from .178 to .277.

"I knew I can DH every day, but playing the outfield is a different story," said Sheffield, who hasn't played more than 21 games in the outfield since 2005.

Already without Delgado (hip surgery) and catcher Brian Schneider (back), the Mets were missing shortstop Jose Reyes (calf) and right fielder Ryan Church (hamstring).

Reyes, sidelined for the eighth time in 11 games, could be put on the disabled list if he doesn't improve by Friday. An MRI on Church showed no damage.

Carlos Beltran was back in center and went 2-for-3 after moving to designated hitter for the weekend series at Boston because of a sore right knee. Thrown out at the plate by right fielder Austin Kearns in the first inning, Beltran will have an MRI Tuesday.

"I just want to make sure that everything is going to be fine and it's not going to get worse," he said.

He felt knee pain while running and batting right-handed.

"Mentally I know something is wrong," he said.

Ramon Martinez, the No. 3 shortstop, was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a day after coming out in the eighth inning because of a tight lower back.

"Out pitchers have to carry us at this point, until we kind of get our feet back," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

On a night when the Mets wore red caps as part of Major League Baseball's Memorial Day initiative, John Maine (4-3) limited the Nationals to one run and four hits in six innings and improved to 4-1 in his last six starts. New York's bullpen held on despite shaky performances by Bobby Parnell, J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez, who returned from back spasms to get his 13th save in 13 chances.

"I feel some discomfort," Rodriguez said. "Tightness. Sore. A little bit of pain."

Before 41,103, the largest crowd since opening day, there were 16 walks and the Mets won for the second time this season when walking nine.

With the score 1-1 in the sixth, Luis Castillo doubled leading off against John Lannan (2-4) and Beltran walked. Pitching coach Randy St. Claire made a trip to the mound, and Sheffield guessed inside because Lannan had been pitching him that way. He homered on the next pitch.

"I knew the fan got a hand on it, and I thought he reached below the orange line," Lannan said. "Once they went to check it out, I knew they weren't going to give it to us."

Umpires refused comment. Acta, whose team is a major league worst 13-31, maintained it wasn't a homer, even after viewing replays.

"I am standing by what I said. If you reach out, that ball is not going out of the ballpark," he said.

Note

  • Sheffield's homer was the 32nd in 21 games at Citi Field, a fraction of the 87 in 23 games at the new Yankee Stadium.
  • The last rubble of Shea Stadium was removed during the 10-game trip, giving the Mets a full parking lot surrounding Citi Field.
  • Ryan Zimmerman singled in the third and has reached base safely in 43 consecutive games, topping the Montreal/Washington season franchise record set by Tim Raines in 1986. He is three shy of Rusty Staub's overall franchise record.
  • Lannan, the only non-rookie in Washington's rotation, gave up five runs, eight hits and four walks in five-plus innings.
  • Daniel Cabrera entered in the seventh for his second relief outing in 156 major league appearances. He got just two outs and walked the bases loaded.
 
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High-fives await Gary Sheffield in the Mets dugout following his tiebreaking three-run blast.  (AP)
High-fives await Gary Sheffield in the Mets dugout following his tiebreaking three-run blast. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

G. Sheffield
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

W. Nieves
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5010002 .344
Nick Johnson, 1B3010200 .338
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4011112 .346
Adam Dunn, LF4000105 .277
Austin Kearns, RF5000025 .213
Willie Harris, CF3110202 .281
Anderson Hernandez, 2B2000202 .279
Wil Nieves, C3121101 .304
John Lannan, P2000023 .111
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   a- Justin Maxwell, PH1000011 .167
    Daniel Cabrera, P0000000 .000
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Willingham, PH1000012 .213
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
Totals3326297  
a-struck out for Colome in the 7th
b-struck out for Bergmann in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willie Harris (5, Maine)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (35), Wil Nieves (6)
2-OUT RBI - Wil Nieves (4)
SB - Willie Harris (3, 2nd base off Putz/Santos)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Kearns 1
DP - A. Hernandez-Guzman-N. Johnson, N. Johnson, Lannan-Guzman-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (L,2-4) 5855401 4.11
Jesus Colome 1100010 15.00
Daniel Cabrera 0.2000300 5.85
Jason Bergmann 0.1000000 2.45
Kip Wells 1000020 6.00
WP - Daniel Cabrera (10)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 92-53, Jesus Colome 14-9, Daniel Cabrera 25-10, Jason Bergmann 4-3, Kip Wells 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 6-5, Daniel Cabrera 1-1, Jason Bergmann 1-0, Kip Wells 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 23, Jesus Colome 4, Daniel Cabrera 5, Jason Bergmann 1, Kip Wells 3
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, RF2100201 .261
Luis Castillo, 2B3120000 .282
Carlos Beltran, CF3121101 .367
Gary Sheffield, LF3123103 .277
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B1100300 .348
Fernando Tatis, 1B4010015 .276
Omir Santos, C4010002 .269
Ramon Martinez, SS3001010 .077
John Maine, P2010000 .222
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000001 .246
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH-LF1000010 .304
Totals2759573  
a-popped out for Maine in the 6th
b-struck out for Putz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Castillo (3, Lannan), Carlos Beltran (15, Lannan)
HR - Gary Sheffield (4, Lannan)
SF - Ramon Martinez (1)
SH - Luis Castillo (5)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (31), Gary Sheffield 3 (14), Ramon Martinez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (10)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
John Maine (W,4-3) 6411340 4.18
Bobby Parnell 0.1111310 2.29
Pedro Feliciano (H,6) 0.1000000 2.45
J.J. Putz (H,9) 1.1000210 3.55
Francisco Rodriguez (S,13) 1100110 0.83
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 98-60, Bobby Parnell 25-9, Pedro Feliciano 3-3, J.J. Putz 29-16, Francisco Rodriguez 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 4-10, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - John Maine 25, Bobby Parnell 5, Pedro Feliciano 1, J.J. Putz 6, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 41103
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Adrian Johnson