Dramatic Win Suits Mets Fine
The New York Mets returned home and got a dramatic victory that made the National League wild-card race even tighter.
Ramon Castro capped a comeback with a three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday night, and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4 at Shea Stadium.
The Phillies (70-62) fell into a tie with the Florida Marlins. The Mets and Houston Astros are half a game behind.
The Mets had trailed from the start after Kenny Lofton hit his first home run since opening day and Pat Burrell had a two-run shot in the first inning against Met starter Jae Seo.
Juan Padilla (1-0) got the victory, and Braden Looper worked the ninth for his 28th save.
Washington 3, Atlanta 2 -- Rookie Jason Bergmann earned his first major league win, leading a National bullpen that pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings at Atlanta. Chad Cordero worked the ninth for his 42nd save.
Florida 7, St. Louis 6 -- Carlos Delgado hit a two-run triple in the eighth at Miami, and the Marlins recovered after blowing an early lead. Todd Jones gave up pinch-hitter John Mabry’s home run in the ninth before earning his 32nd save.
San Diego 5, Arizona 3 -- Joe Randa hit a go-ahead home run leading off the sixth inning, and Brian Giles had a three-run shot in the first for the Padres, who beat the Diamondbacks at San Diego to take a 5 1/2 -game lead in the NL West.
San Francisco 4, Colorado 3 -- Ray Durham hit a tying run-scoring double in the eighth inning, then scored the go-ahead run on Edgardo Alfonzo’s infield single, leading the Giants at San Francisco.
Houston 5, Cincinnati 2 -- Morgan Ensberg hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth inning that rallied the Astros at Houston. The Reds loaded the bases in the ninth against Brad Lidge, but he struck out Edwin Encarnacion to end the game.
Pittsburgh 6, Milwaukee 0 -- Paul Maholm pitched eight shutout innings in his major league debut, and the Pirates had a five-run first inning at Milwaukee to end a five-game losing streak.