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It was hard to complain about the outcome, though.
Carlos Pena hit a go-ahead single in Chicago's six-run 11th inning, and the Cubs beat New York 10-6 on Sunday night in a game that ended nearly five hours after the Mets held a touching ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
"It was a little bit different today. Obviously, you could tell the atmosphere was a little bit different. But I think most of us have played in emotional games or seesaw games before," Bay said. "It was actually fun because it was different. Obviously, not fun losing. We had chances but it was pretty special to be a part of."
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The Mets' disappointing finish came with nearly all of the 33,502 fans -- several thousand first responders and their families receiving free tickets -- long gone from a game that started at 8:20 p.m. There was a 24-minute pregame tribute to victims of the attacks, their families and many of the first responders that worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center site in 2001.
Making just his sixth big league appearance, Josh Stinson (0-1), the Mets' seventh of nine pitchers, walked Marlon Byrd to start the 11th and gave up a single to Bryan LaHair. Pena singled for the lead.
"You keep grinding and grinding," Pena said. "It's not easy."
New York trailed 4-1 after five innings but scored twice in the sixth off Matt Garza. The Mets tied it with an unearned run when reliever Jeff Samardzjia made a bad throw on Justin Turner's infield single.
The Mets loaded the bases in the first, ninth and 10th innings but came up empty each time. Ramon Ortiz (1-2) got David Wright to pop out to end the 10th before the Cubs went ahead in the 11th, eliciting mocking calls from the few remaining to bring in an experienced pitcher when Stinson gave up the go-ahead hit to Pena.
"As we went through the ballgame, we had the guys at home plate we wanted to have at home plate several times," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But we didn't get it done."
The mood was much different before the game. With the stadium lights dimmed and fans holding electronic candles in one hand and many using the other to take photos with their phones, the Mets held a dignified ceremony that included members of the 2001 team that played in the first professional sporting event in New York, 10 days after the World Trade center collapsed.
Players from the Cubs and Mets escorted members of "Tuesday's Children," a charity for families affected by the attacks, onto the field, where they lined up among the uniformed emergency-service workers on the first- and third-base lines. A 100-by-300 foot flag was held by 225 first responders and victims' family members from "Tuesday's Children."
"It was really, really well done," Collins said. "Even Mike Piazza, standing next to me, said, 'Boy, isn't this beautiful out here. What a nice tribute.' I think he's absolutely right."
Marc Anthony sang the national anthem, as he did on Sept. 21, 2001. Piazza, who hit a rousing two-run homer in the eighth inning to help the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves that night, caught a ceremonial first pitch from John Franco, a teammate on the 2001 squad.
There was no uplifting ending this time for New York.
The Cubs scored late in each of the three games, losing the opener Friday, but winning the last two to take their first series in New York since 2006.
"We don't do things the easy way, that's for sure," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "They kept playing, they kept battling."
Mets players briefly considered defying Major League Baseball's policy by wearing the caps they wore pregame honoring New York City's emergency-service units during the game.
"What are they going to do, fine us?" catcher Josh Thole said before deciding against it.
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, told the Associated Press the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball and that "certainly, it's not a lack of respect."
Between innings, the Mets played videos on the main scoreboard that paid tribute to the recovery efforts. They also thanked the 2001 squad's manager Bobby Valentine, who was not able to participate in the pregame ceremony because he was part of the ESPN broadcast team for the game.
American Idol contestant Pia Toscano sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch, standing with several uniformed first responders around Major League Baseball's red, white and blue logo that was painted on the grass in front of the Mets dugout.
Mets starter Miguel Batista was with the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and made two appearances in the stirring series against the New York Yankees that inspired the city. He threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 5, won by New York in the 12th inning. He also got one out in Game 7.
On Sunday, though, the 40-year-old journeyman, making his third start for the Mets, struggled with his command. He walked three in five innings, hit two batters in the third and gave up four runs and five hits.
Garza gave up three runs in seven runs, walking three and striking out four.
Jason Pridie hit a two-run shot in the 11th.
|Carlos Pena's critical go-ahead single in the 11th sparks a six-run inning that leads to victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Starlin Castro, SS||7||0||1||0||0||0||6||.306|
|Tony Campana, CF||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.256|
|a- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Bryan LaHair, LF||4||4||3||0||2||0||0||.500|
|Lou Montanez, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||5||1||3||2||1||1||1||.230|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||5||1||2||3||1||2||3||.153|
|DJ LeMahieu, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.256|
|b- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.323|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Ramon Ortiz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Alfonso Soriano, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.245|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||6||1||3||2||0||0||3||.278|
|Koyie Hill, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.197|
|d- Aramis Ramirez, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Matt Garza, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.107|
|e- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|f- Geovany Soto, PH-C||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.225|
|a-grounded out for Campana in the 8th|
|b-struck out for LeMahieu in the 10th|
|c-doubled for Ortiz in the 11th|
|d-popped out for Hill in the 10th|
|e-grounded out for Garza in the 8th|
|f-walked for Samardzija in the 10th|
|2B - Bryan LaHair 2 (4, Batista, Batista), Carlos Pena (22, Byrdak), Alfonso Soriano (24, Igarashi), Darwin Barney (20, Igarashi)|
|3B - Carlos Pena (3, Batista), Tyler Colvin (3, Batista)|
|SF - Geovany Soto (1)|
|SH - Matt Garza (3)|
|RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (76), Tyler Colvin 3 (20), Alfonso Soriano 2 (75), Darwin Barney 2 (42), Geovany Soto (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (17), Tyler Colvin 3 (6)|
|SB - Tony Campana (20, 2nd base off Batista/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Castro-Pena|
|E - DJ LeMahieu (1, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Samardzija (1, Throwing)|
|Sean Marshall (H,31)||0.1||1||1||0||0||1||0||2.51|
|Jeff Samardzija (BS,2)||1.2||3||0||0||1||1||0||3.12|
|Ramon Ortiz (W,1-2)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.27|
|IBB - Pagan by Jeff Samardzija, Reyes by James Russell, Duda by Ramon Ortiz|
|HBP - Evans (by Sean Marshall)|
|WP - Jeff Samardzija (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 102-66, Sean Marshall 13-7, Jeff Samardzija 30-19, James Russell 7-3, Ramon Ortiz 11-5, John Grabow 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 7-10, Jeff Samardzija 2-2, James Russell 1-0, Ramon Ortiz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 31, Sean Marshall 3, Jeff Samardzija 9, James Russell 3, Ramon Ortiz 3, John Grabow 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||1||0||1||1||3||.332|
|Ruben Tejada, 2B||6||0||2||0||0||0||2||.269|
|Lucas Duda, RF-1B||4||0||1||0||2||1||3||.281|
|David Wright, 3B||5||0||0||0||1||2||7||.268|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||1||2||1||1||0||1||.265|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.246|
|a- Joshua Satin, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Nick Evans, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||.272|
|Jason Pridie, PR-RF||2||1||1||2||0||1||3||.228|
|Ronny Paulino, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.277|
|b- Josh Thole, PH-C||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Chris Capuano, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.082|
|Josh Stinson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryota Igarashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dale Thayer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Val Pascucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Miguel Batista, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|D.J. Carrasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.247|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|f- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|g- Mike Nickeas, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a-singled for Bay in the 11th|
|b-lined out for Paulino in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Thayer in the 11th|
|d-doubled for Batista in the 5th|
|e-flied out for Carrasco in the 6th|
|f-singled for Herrera in the 8th|
|g-hit a sacrifice bunt for Acosta in the 10th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (23, Garza), Jason Bay (17, Garza), Nick Evans (6, Garza), Mike Baxter (2, Garza)|
|HR - Jason Pridie (4, Grabow)|
|SH - Mike Nickeas (2)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (54), Nick Evans (20), Jason Pridie 2 (20), Ronny Paulino (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (22), Nick Evans (11), Ronny Paulino (5)|
|SB - Angel Pagan (31, 2nd base off Marshall/Hill)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Reyes-Tejada-Evans, Tejada-Reyes-Evans|
|E - David Wright (15, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Josh Stinson (L,0-1)||0||2||4||4||2||0||0||5.68|
|HBP - Garza (by Miguel Batista), Campana (by Miguel Batista)|
|WP - Miguel Batista (3), Danny Herrera (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 93-55, D.J. Carrasco 14-9, Tim Byrdak 17-11, Pedro Beato 14-9, Danny Herrera 6-4, Manny Acosta 35-23, Josh Stinson 15-3, Ryota Igarashi 15-10, Dale Thayer 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 9-4, D.J. Carrasco 3-0, Pedro Beato 3-1, Danny Herrera 1-0, Manny Acosta 1-2, Dale Thayer 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 24, D.J. Carrasco 5, Tim Byrdak 3, Pedro Beato 5, Danny Herrera 1, Manny Acosta 8, Josh Stinson 4, Ryota Igarashi 3, Dale Thayer 2|
|Attendance - 33502|
|Game Time - 4:28|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Joe West|