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Church drives in go-ahead run in 10th, saves Mets

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PITTSBURGH -- Fernando Tatis' body was laden with ice bags, Francisco Rodriguez's right arm was wrapped with towels. The weary New York Mets went through a lot to gain an improbable victory in an unwanted game.

Two days after appearing to be in a freefall, the Mets pulled off the kind of victory that can turn a season around. Ryan Church singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 on Thursday after trailing by five runs and wasting a ninth-inning lead.

"It was a roller coaster, especially the way the day started down 5-0, but it just shows you we are resilient," Church said.

Adam LaRoche hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez before the Mets rebounded to win the makeup of a June 3 rainout. No doubt they would have preferred their first day off in 2½ weeks to playing, but the Mets (39-39) now head into a big weekend series at Philadelphia back at .500 with back-to-back victories following a five-game losing streak.

"We could have just said, 'Let's pack up and head to Philly, it's a short flight, let's get this out of the way,' " said manager Jerry Manuel, who held a lengthy team meeting Tuesday in Milwaukee. "They chose to fight and I thought that was what was most impressive. We overcame a lot of things that were adversary."

Tatis hit a two-run homer among his three hits, was hit twice with pitches -- causing him to say afterward he was in pain from head to toe -- and scored four times as the Mets staged their biggest comeback of the season to take an 8-6 lead.

They couldn't hold it as Rodriguez, 21 of 23 previously in save chances, gave up his first tying home run in the ninth since Kevin Millar went deep for Baltimore on July 25 last year.

"Too bad it wasn't a three-run [homer]," LaRoche said. "We fought back, which we've done a lot, it just seems like on the short end of it a lot."

Rodriguez (2-2), angry at himself, lobbied Manuel to stay in.

"He said, 'If we score, I need to go back out for myself,' " Manuel said. "When one of your players is like that, of that stature and what he means to us, I knew if we came back and he didn't go back out, he would carry that for a few days."

Rodriguez responded with a perfect 10th, needing a career regular-season-high 46 pitches to get through two innings. The only other time he threw 46 pitches, during the 2002 World Series against the Giants, his team also rallied from a five-run deficit.

"I'm the kind of guy who [if he] makes a mess, cleans it up," said Rodriguez, whose previous regular-season high was 42 pitches according to ESPN.com. "I felt really frustrated because I didn't get the job done."

Matt Capps (1-4), who had converted 12 consecutive save opportunities since May 15, got the first two batters in the 10th until hitting Tatis with a pitch. Despite being in pain, Tatis stole second, and Church -- expecting a changeup but getting a fastball -- lined a single into center for the Mets' 15th hit.

"It was unbelievable," Tatis said of a day made even longer by two rain delays that totaled 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy began the comeback with a two-run single off Paul Maholm in the fourth after the Pirates opened the early lead against Tim Redding. Jeremy Reed, also pinch-hitting, gave the Mets the lead for the first time with a sacrifice fly that made it 6-5 and finished off a four-run fifth inning.

Tatis added a two-run homer an inning later off Jeff Karstens, but Garrett Jones cut the Pirates' deficit to 8-6 with a solo home run in the seventh. Jones, called up from the minors two days earlier, had three hits and was a single short of the cycle.

"I just wish we had pulled it out," Jones said.

Alex Cora and Nick Evans each had two hits for the Mets, who scored only 13 runs in their previous six games.

Maholm was 3-1 with 1.96 ERA in six home starts before allowing six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Redding, who might be bumped from the rotation after Oliver Perez makes a rehabilitation start on Friday at Triple-A Buffalo, gave up five runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 6.99.

Notes

  • Batters were hitting .088 against Rodriguez with runners on base until LaRoche hit his 12th home run.
  • The home team won the previous six games, three in each city, in the now-completed season series.
  • The Mets are 2-0 in July after going 9-18 in June.
  • New York's previous best rally was from four runs down while beating the Giants 8-6 on May 15.
 
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Ryan Church caps his three-hit game by driving in the winning run in the 10th inning.  (AP)
Ryan Church caps his three-hit game by driving in the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

F. Tatis
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
Luis Castillo, 2B4010203 .274
Alex Cora, SS6120005 .257
David Wright, 3B5210112 .338
Gary Sheffield, RF4011102 .288
    Fernando Martinez, CF1000000 .178
Fernando Tatis, LF-1B4432001 .261
Ryan Church, CF-RF6232004 .292
Nick Evans, 1B-LF6021011 .333
Omir Santos, C4010113 .262
Tim Redding, P1000000 .083
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1012000 .245
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH0001000 .282
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   c- Argenis Reyes, PH0000100 .083
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   d- Brian Schneider, PH1000000 .239
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals43915963  
a-singled for Misch in the 4th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Dessens in the 5th
c-walked for Stokes in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Green in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (9, Maholm), Fernando Tatis (8, Jackson), Omir Santos (8, Jackson)
HR - Fernando Tatis (3, Karstens)
SF - Jeremy Reed (1)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (31), Fernando Tatis 2 (19), Ryan Church 2 (21), Nick Evans (5), Daniel Murphy 2 (26), Jeremy Reed (4)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis 2 (3), Ryan Church (12)
SB - Alex Cora (7, 2nd base off Maholm/Diaz), Fernando Tatis (3, 2nd base off Capps/Diaz), Argenis Reyes (1, 2nd base off Meek/Diaz)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Cora-Evans
New York Mets
Tim Redding 2.1655220 6.99
Patrick Misch 0.2000000 5.40
Elmer Dessens 1000100 3.86
Brian Stokes 2100010 3.78
Pedro Feliciano (H,15) 0.2111011 2.78
Sean Green (H,8) 1.1000120 5.00
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,3; W,2-2) 2422011 1.59
HBP - McCutchen (by Tim Redding), Young (by Elmer Dessens), Diaz (by Sean Green)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 49-27, Patrick Misch 6-4, Elmer Dessens 19-10, Brian Stokes 21-15, Pedro Feliciano 18-11, Sean Green 25-14, Francisco Rodriguez 46-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 2-3, Patrick Misch 2-0, Elmer Dessens 1-1, Brian Stokes 1-4, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Sean Green 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-3
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 16, Patrick Misch 2, Elmer Dessens 4, Brian Stokes 7, Pedro Feliciano 3, Sean Green 6, Francisco Rodriguez 10
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5011013 .288
Jack Wilson, SS3001123 .280
Delwyn Young, RF3000013 .309
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Freddy Sanchez, PH-2B2110000 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B5222002 .270
Garrett Jones, LF-RF5332000 .333
Andy LaRoche, 3B4100121 .274
Robinzon Diaz, C4132000 .284
Ramon Vazquez, 2B4020101 .255
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Paul Maholm, P2000014 .094
    Jeff Karstens, P0000000 .063
   b- Jeff Salazar, PH1000001 .000
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Moss, LF1000102 .266
Totals39812847  
a-singled for J. Chavez in the 9th
b-flied out for Karstens in the 6th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (6, Redding), Garrett Jones (1, Redding), Robinzon Diaz (6, Redding)
3B - Garrett Jones (1, Redding)
HR - Adam LaRoche (12, Rodriguez), Garrett Jones (1, Feliciano)
SF - Jack Wilson (2)
SH - Jack Wilson (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (19), Jack Wilson (26), Adam LaRoche 2 (39), Garrett Jones 2 (2), Robinzon Diaz 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Jones (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 4.11166110 4.69
Jeff Karstens 1.2122201 4.80
Evan Meek 1000200 2.73
Steven Jackson 1.2200110 4.40
Jesse Chavez 0.1000000 3.41
Matt Capps (L,1-4) 1111010 4.88
HBP - Tatis (by Paul Maholm), Tatis (by Matt Capps)
WP - Paul Maholm (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 81-53, Jeff Karstens 28-17, Evan Meek 15-6, Steven Jackson 33-19, Jesse Chavez 1-1, Matt Capps 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-3, Evan Meek 3-0, Steven Jackson 2-2, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, Jeff Karstens 8, Evan Meek 5, Steven Jackson 8, Jesse Chavez 1, Matt Capps 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14321
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Marty Foster