Last Game: New York Mets 5, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3. It was a night that will be remembered for Marlon Anderson's dash and Cliff Floyd's blast.
Anderson legged out the first inside-the-park home run at Shea Stadium since 1989 to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Floyd won it with a prodigious three-run blast in the bottom of the tenth as the Mets won a thriller Saturday night, 5-3.
It was New York's first victory this season in a game they trailed after eight innings, and a very welcome change of pace after the team lost two of three to the road-weary Houston Astros, then were blown out by the Angels Friday night.
With the Angels leading 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth, Anderson roped a shot to right-center field that Steve Finley chased down but watched kick off his right shin, shooting off into the right-field corner. Digging around second base on the misplay, Anderson was waved around third base by coach Manny Acta and collided at home plate with catcher Bengie Molina, smashing his face on the backstop's mask.
No matter: three stitches were a small price to pay for tying the game.
After Doug Mientkiewicz committed an error in the top of the tenth, briefly giving the Angels a 3-2 lead, Floyd made sure Anderson's mad dash wasn't wasted, fouling off several tough pitches from Brendan Donnelly – including a long foul home run to right – before hitting the real deal on a full count offering over the wall in right-center, setting off a raucous celebration at home plate.
The Mets improved to 32-30 with the victory. They are four games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals and trail the fourth-place Atlanta Braves by a half game.
Notes & Quotes
WELCOME TO THE FOLD: After nearly a week of hanging around the Mets, working out for manager Willie Randolph and pitching coach Rick Peterson, reliever Danny Graves was finally able to put on the uniform and sit in the bullpen.
The Mets signed Graves Saturday for the remainder of 2005, with an option for 2006. To make room, the club designated righthander Manny Aybar for assignment.
"It's a new chapter, a new city, a new team," Graves told reporters. "I'm glad this chapter is starting. You go from a team that's not contending to a team that is contending."
Graves had a 7.36 ERA in 20 appearances for the Cincinnati Reds before being released in late May.
PARK IT ANYWHERE: A report in Sunday's The New York Times reports the Mets are negotiating with New York City officials concerning a possible new stadium to be built in Queens, which would help save the city's dying 2012 Olympics bid.
NYC2012 has discussed renovating Shea or clearing a site for a temporary stadium in nearby Willets Point, but the Mets would prefer a new stadium altogether. New York's Olympic bid has fallen behind the likes of Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow for the 2012 Games following the nixing of the West Side stadium plan.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Brian Daubach's tenth home run of the year was his fourth hit of the day and highlighted a four-run Tides 10th inning as Norfolk topped Charlotte, 9-5. Daubach is now hitting .364 for Norfolk (36-28), which leads Durham by seven games in the International League South.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: The struggling B-Mets lost their fourth straight and eighth in nine games Saturday, falling to visiting Norwich, 4-2. Aarom Baldiris has two hits and Kevin Deaton threw 3-2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight for Binghamton (27-30), which resides in fifth place and trails New Hampshire by 4.5 games in the Eastern League Northern Division.
HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: Philip Humber picked up his first professional win Saturday at Jupiter, throwing seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball for the St. Lucie Mets in a 6-1 victory. Humber (1-5) struck out five and walked none, lowering his ERA to 5.61. Shawn Bowman homered twice (8, 9) and Andy Wilson added his 14th homer for fifth-place St. Lucie (26-33), which trails Vero Beach by nine games in the Florida State League East.
LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: Rafael Cova allowed a walk-off single in the 10th inning as the Suns fell at Lexington, 3-2. Jeff Landing allowed two runs in six innings and Cova threw 3-2/3 innings of relief before allowing the deciding hit, while Dante Brinkley tripled and drove in a run. Hagerstown (37-26) trails first-place Lexington by two games in the South Atlantic League's Northern division.
The weekend series between the Mets and Angels ends Sunday afternoon in a rubber gane at Shea Stadium, when Pedro Martinez (7-1, 2.45) takes on John Lackey (5-2, 3.93). First pitch is 1:10 p.m.