Final in 10
12:35 PM ET, July 2, 2009
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH -- Fernando Tatis' body was laden with ice bags, Francisco Rodriguez's right arm was wrapped with towels. The weary New York Mets went through a lot to gain an improbable victory in an unwanted game.Two days after appearing to be in a freefall, the Mets pulled off the kind of victory that can turn a season around. Ryan Church singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 on Thursday after trailing by five runs and wasting a ninth-inning lead.
• The Mets ended a three-game losing streak at Pittsburgh.
• The Mets improved to 12-19 in their last 31 games.
• Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5, raising his batting average in his last 18 games to .364 (24-for-66).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Batters were hitting .088 against Rodriguez with runners on base until LaRoche hit his 12th homer. ... The home team won the previous six games, three in each city, in the now-completed season series. ... The Mets are 2-0 in July after going 9-18 in June. ... New York's previous best rally was from four runs down while beating the Giants 8-6 on May 15.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 4-3 (as of Thu 7/2)|
|Fri 5/8||@NYM 7, PIT 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/9||@NYM 10, PIT 1||Recap|
|Sun 5/10||@NYM 8, PIT 4||Recap|
|Mon 6/1||@PIT 8, NYM 5||Recap|
|Tue 6/2||@PIT 3, NYM 1||Recap|
|Thu 6/4||@PIT 11, NYM 6||Recap|
|» Thu 7/2||NYM 9, @PIT 8||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Mets | Pirates|
|2nd||R Diaz singled to center, G Jones scored, An LaRoche to third.||0||1|
|2nd||A McCutchen hit by pitch, An LaRoche scored, R Diaz to third, R Vazquez to second.||0||2|
|2nd||J Wilson hit sacrifice fly to left, R Diaz scored, R Vazquez to third.||0||3|
|3rd||G Jones tripled to deep center, Ad LaRoche scored.||0||4|
|3rd||R Diaz doubled to deep left center, G Jones scored.||0||5|
|4th||D Murphy singled to right, F Tatis and R Church scored, N Evans to third.||2||5|
|5th||G Sheffield singled to center, A Cora scored, D Wright to second.||3||5|
|5th||R Church singled to left, D Wright scored, F Tatis to second.||4||5|
|5th||N Evans singled to left, F Tatis scored, R Church to second.||5||5|
|5th||J Reed hit sacrifice fly to left, R Church scored.||6||5|
|6th||F Tatis homered to right, D Wright scored.||8||5|
|7th||G Jones homered to right center.||8||6|
|9th||Ad LaRoche homered to right center, F Sanchez scored.||8||8|
|10th||R Church singled to center, F Tatis scored, R Church to second advancing on throw.||9||8|
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|Stadium||PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Attendance||14,321 (37.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||65 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Marty Foster|