Mets, Down Seven Runs, Come Back to Beat Bucs, 9-8

Published on: 2nd June, 2011


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New York — After the way the Pittsburgh Pirates dinked and dunked the Mets last night at Citifield, leading to the first public outburst of this season from Mets manager, Terry Collins at his post-game press conference, the Mets turned it around today on the Bucs with a 9-8 win, in the biggest comeback victory for this franchise in 11 years.

It didn’t appear at the game’s outset that Collins’ emotive tactics had a positive affect on the Mets or on their starting pitcher, Mike Pelfrey. The Pirates scored three runs in each of the first two innings and one more in the third and before the Mets had gotten the sleep out of their eyes for this early-starting weekday game, they were down 7-0.

These were not the 1927 Yankees in the other dugout but to this point, the Pirates sure seemed to hit like those Bombers of yesteryear. After beating the Mets 9-3 yesterday, the Pirates had outscored the Mets 16-3 over the previous 12 innings of baseball, not a good scenario for Collins’ blood pressure.

Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer started New York’s rally from the seven-run deficit.

Beltran homered in the bottom of the third, then hit a leadoff double in the sixth as the Mets scored four times to tie it at 7. Ruben Tejada delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth and Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning.

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.

The often-excitable Collins was especially exuberant as the Mets shook hands on the field, shouting congratulations to his players and slapping them real hard on the back.

The Mets’ 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 for the win, and Francisco Rodriguez survived Neil Walker’s RBI single in the ninth for his 16th save.

It was 7-all when Ronny Paulino led off the Mets eighth with a walk against Jose Veras (1-2), moved to second on a balk and third on a wild pitch. Tejada’s sacrifice fly — his third RBI of the game — put the Mets ahead and Beltran’s walk gave them an insurance run.

Beltran wound up with four RBIs, Daniel Murphy drove in a run and Jose Reyes provided a spark in his return from the bereavement list for New York.

Walker also hit a three-run homer, Xavier Paul had a career-high four hits and Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who had been playing better on the road.

They 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.

The success looked like it would continue early on.

Seven of the first 12 Pittsburgh 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 deep home run gave the Pirates a 6-0 lead through two innings, and they tacked on another run in the third. Dusty Brown drew a two-out walk, advanced to second on pitcher Paul Maholm’s base hit and scored on Paul’s third single in as many innings.

Things got so rough for Pelfrey that he was booed when he came to bat. The big right-hander allowed seven runs and 10 hits over five innings, despite retiring his final seven hitters.

The Mets hitters bailed him out, though.

Their rally began when Reyes stroked a two-out single in the third. Justin Turner followed with a single before Beltran launched a 1-2 pitch from 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 for the left-hander.

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

Game notes
The Mets and Citi kicked off “Teammates Week” Memorial Day with a visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. After today’s win, Mets players joined in a post-game softball tournament with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines on the field at Citi Field. The tournament, coordinated by the Wounded Warrior Project, is part of the Mets and Citi’s “Teammates in the Community Week,” a weeklong series of programs that pays tribute to active military personnel and veterans. There were about 50 members of the military at the games. Included in the games were Mets players, Jonathan Niese, Chris Capuano, Pedro Beato and coaches Mookie Wilson and Ken Oberkfell.

The military theme for Teammates in the Community Week builds on the Mets ongoing commitment to support our troops through “Welcome Back Veterans”, a national public awareness and fundraising initiative that addresses the mental health and employment needs of America’s returning war veterans and their families. The Mets raise awareness of the program by saluting a “Veteran of the Game” at each Mets game at Citi Field.

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