Pittsburgh at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: J. Isringhausen (1-0) L: J. Veras (1-2)
S: F. Rodriguez (16)
HR: PIT - N. Walker (7)   NYM - C. Beltran (9)

Mets storm back from seven down to stun Pirates

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins was still full of energy, his voice still loud and the words still tumbling out just as fast as they came to mind.

The only thing different this time was the message.

After giving his team a tongue-lashing the previous night, the New York manager watched from the dugout as his team clawed back from a seven-run deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 on Thursday, the Mets' biggest comeback win in more than a decade.

Collins was quick to the field after the final out, shouting congratulations to his players and slapping them hard on the back as they shook hands between the lines.

"You need wins like this to show you can do it," Collins said. "You have 27 outs. You don't stop until the game is over."

The Mets were already trailing 7-0 when Carlos Beltran's three-run homer in the third inning gave them a boost. Beltran then hit a leadoff double in the sixth as the Mets scored four times to tie the game. Ruben Tejada delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jose Veras (1-2) and Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning.

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It was the Mets' biggest rally to win since June 30, 2000, when they overcame an 8-1 deficit by scoring 10 times in the eighth to beat Atlanta 11-8, STATS LLC said.

"We needed to start playing better," said Jose Reyes, who sparked the Mets in his return from the bereavement list. "We know we're better than this. We know our manager is behind us 100 percent, and we have to be behind him."

New York's beat-up bullpen hung tough the final four innings to salvage a split of the four-game series. Jason Isringhausen (1-0) worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez survived Neil Walker's RBI single in the ninth for his 16th save.

"You've got to play nine innings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We weren't able to do that. We scored early, they scored late. We weren't able to answer them."

It was a monumental collapse for Pittsburgh, which had been playing well on the road.

The Pirates won their 17th game away from PNC Park on Wednesday night, matching their total from all of last season, and had won seven of 10 series as the visiting club.

Walker did his part with a two-run homer, Xavier Paul had a career-high four hits and Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair of runs -- but almost all that damage came early.

Seven of its first 12 batters singled off Mike Pelfrey. Unlucky No. 13 was Walker, whose two-run shot in the second inning sliced through winds gusting up to 35 mph and bounced off the billboards overhanging the bullpens in right-center field.

The home run gave the Pirates a 6-0 lead, and they tacked on another run in the third on Paul's third single in as many innings, before the Mets began their comeback.

Reyes stroked a two-out single in the third, and Justin Turner followed with a single before Beltran launched a 1-2 pitch from starter Paul Maholm into the teeth of the wind, the ball slamming off the facing of the second deck in left field.

New York pulled even in the sixth. Beltran doubled off the wall and Jason Bay drew a walk before Maholm retired the next two hitters. Then things unraveled.

Nick Evans walked to load the bases, and the light-hitting Tejada sent a two-run single into right field. Daniel Murphy's pinch-hit RBI single knocked Maholm from the game, and Chris Resop's first delivery to Reyes wound up at the backstop, allowing Tejada to scamper home.

The game was suddenly tied, and the Pirates were in a tailspin.

They never found a way out of it.

"They put pressure on us during the middle of the game and towards the end," Paul said, "and they just found a way to win. They outplayed us today."


  • The Mets optioned LHP Mike O'Connor to Triple-A Buffalo after the game. They will make a corresponding roster move before Friday night's game against Atlanta.
  • Mets RHP Taylor Buchholz (right shoulder fatigue) went on the DL to make room for Reyes, retroactive to May 30. Ronny Cedeno has gone 40 games without an error, the longest streak by a Pirates SS since Jack Wilson went 42 games in 2008.
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Carlos Beltran's three-run home run sets off the Mets' biggest comeback in 11 years. (Getty Images)
Carlos Beltran's three-run home run sets off the Mets' biggest comeback in 11 years. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

X. Paul
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0

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Pittsburgh Pirates
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Josh Harrison, 3B5110004 .308
Andrew McCutchen, CF5222011 .260
Neil Walker, 2B5124000 .273
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000102 .233
Matt Diaz, LF4011021 .255
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010010 .238
Dusty Brown, C3100122 .143
Paul Maholm, P3020010 .130
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Jones, PH1010000 .228
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
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3B - Xavier Paul (2, Rodriguez)
HR - Neil Walker (7, Pelfrey)
RBI - Xavier Paul (6), Andrew McCutchen 2 (29), Neil Walker 4 (37), Matt Diaz (9)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul (4), Andrew McCutchen (9), Neil Walker 3 (21), Matt Diaz (2)
SB - Xavier Paul 2 (5, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Paulino, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Paulino), Andrew McCutchen (11, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Paulino)
CS - Xavier Paul (1, 2nd base by Byrdak/Paulino)
PK - Garrett Jones (1, Isringhausen)
Team LOB - 6
PB - Dusty Brown (1)
E - Matt Diaz (1, Throwing)
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Chris Resop (BS,3) 1.1000010 3.76
Jose Veras (L,1-2) 0.2122400 3.13
Daniel McCutchen 0.1000010 1.52
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HBP - Bay (by Chris Resop)
WP - Jose Veras (4)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 6-9, Chris Resop 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Chris Resop 5, Jose Veras 7, Daniel McCutchen 1
New York Mets
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Justin Turner, 3B5110004 .314
Carlos Beltran, RF4224100 .288
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Jason Bay, LF3100113 .228
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    Willie Harris, PR0100000 .216
    Jason Pridie, RF0000000 .237
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    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Capuano, PH0000000 .125
   b- Josh Thole, PH-C0100100 .223
Ruben Tejada, 2B3113000 .313
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   c- Scott Hairston, PH1010000 .245
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   d- Daniel Murphy, PH-1B1011100 .293
a-announced for Isringhausen in the 8th
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c-singled for Pelfrey in the 5th
d-singled for Byrdak in the 6th
2B - Carlos Beltran (18, Maholm), Angel Pagan (3, Maholm)
HR - Carlos Beltran (9, Maholm)
SF - Ruben Tejada (1)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (32), Ruben Tejada 3 (7), Daniel Murphy (18)
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Tim Byrdak 1100000 5.27
Bobby Parnell 1000110 5.00
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Francisco Rodriguez (S,16) 1211010 2.00
WP - Bobby Parnell (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 88-62, Tim Byrdak 11-8, Bobby Parnell 21-10, Jason Isringhausen 10-8, Francisco Rodriguez 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-5, Tim Byrdak 2-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 26, Tim Byrdak 3, Bobby Parnell 4, Jason Isringhausen 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30074
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Kerwin Danley