Mets steal one in San Francisco

May 14, 2009 10:51:24 PM PDT
David Wright hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and finished with four of New York's franchise-record seven stolen bases, leading the Mets to a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night. Wright had three hits and drove in two runs for New York, which has won nine of 11. Gary Sheffield and Carlos Beltran each had two hits and Ramon Castro had two RBIs.

Sheffield, Beltran and Alex Cora also stole a base for New York, which ran wild on the basepaths with speedy Jose Reyes sitting out with a stiff right calf.

Wright tied a club mark for steals accomplished twice by Vince Coleman and equaled by Roger Cedeno in 1999. The team had swiped six bags in four games, the last time on Sept. 15, 2007, against Philadelphia.

New York also was without reliever J.J. Putz and first baseman Carlos Delgado. Putz had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and Delgado's ailing hip kept him out of the lineup.

Bobby Parnell (2-0), subbing for Putz in the eighth inning, gave up RBI hits to Jose Uribe and Edgar Renteria to leave the game tied at 4.

The Mets responded with three runs in the ninth. Beltran hit a one-out double off Brian Wilson (2-1) and swiped third. After Sheffield walked, Wright lined an RBI single into right field.

Sheffield and Wright executed a double steal and scored on Castro's two-out single to right.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 opportunities, shaking off Bengie Molina's leadoff double.

Molina had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who lost two in a row for the first time since a six-game slide April 10-16.


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