PITTSBURGH (AP) -
was coming to bat against the
New York Mets
with the bases loaded in a tie game, and Pittsburgh teammate
wanted to have a word with the rookie.
''I reminded him he's been in that situation before,'' Wilson said. ''It's important for young guys to know they can come
up big in those situations.''
Pearce again delivered against the Mets, hitting a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that led the Pirates to a 5-2 victory
Monday, ending New York's six-game winning streak.
The loss left the Mets with a 1 1/2-game lead over idle Philadelphia in the NL East.
homered and Wilson hit a two-run double as the Pirates stopped a four-game losing skid.
Last Monday in New York, Pearce's two-run single in the ninth broke a tie and helped the Pirates rally for a 7-5 victory.
The 25-year-old is hitting .222 with 13 strikeouts in 54 at-bats this season, but is 4-for-10 in three games against the Mets
over the past week.
''He's making progress,'' Pittsburgh manager
said. ''He's been working with our hitting coach Don Long, and is getting better. He worked to get a good pitch to hit. I'm
sure it was a nice boost to get that.''
Pearce's hit helped the Pirates, who trailed 2-0, record their 29th comeback victory.
''It seems like we're always in the game,'' Pearce said. ''If we hang around long enough, we have the ability to get it done.''
to pop out with the bases loaded, ending the Mets eighth and preserving a 2-all tie.
pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
LaRoche singled with one out in the eighth off
relieved, and a single by
and an intentional walk to
loaded the bases.
Pearce followed with a single past the dive of drawn-in third baseman
, and Wilson hit his double.
''We took advantage of a couple of mistakes to push across some runs,'' Russell said. ''It was a nice win for us.''
, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, pitched five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked
four and was lifted after throwing 96 pitches.
''It was just a lot of pitches, a lot of pitches,'' New York manager
said. ''We've got to find a better way of economizing those pitches at some point.''
Maine said he's still dealing with the effects of a mild strain to his right rotator cuff.
''It's not getting any worse but it's not getting any better,'' he said ''It's a little sore but I just think I have to keep
doing my stuff between starts. It's going to get better. It's not getting any worse.
relieved Maine in the sixth and
tied it with a two-run homer.
pitched at least six innings for the 19th straight start, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher since
in 1992. Maholm gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.
''We had some opportunities, but you have got to give their left-handed pitcher credit, too,'' Manuel said ''He really made
the pitches he had to when we had men in scoring position. He's probably their hottest pitcher right now. It was a difficult
Manuel was ejected for the fourth time as Mets manager for arguing after an unusual double play in the third inning.
was safe when Wilson's throw to first sailed to the railing, and umpire Joe West ruled the Mets rookie made a slight turn
toward second after crossing the bat. Reyes was tagged out by Pirates catcher
, who was backing up the play.
''If that's the interpretation, then he was right,'' Manuel said.
For the eighth time in 11 games, the Mets scored in the first inning. Reyes led off with a single,
hit the first of his two doubles and
had a sacrifice fly.
's RBI grounder in the fourth made it 2-0.
Notes: Mets RF
(post-concussion syndrome) went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and played five innings in right field for Triple-A New Orleans against
Iowa. He is expected to continue his rehab assignment with New Orleans. ''Everything was fine. It felt good to get back in
the field again,'' Church said in a statement. ''I'm still not setting any deadlines for myself, I just want to keep on progressing.''
... The Pirates placed
on bereavement leave after the game and recalled OF
from Triple-A Indianapolis. ... Before the game, the Mets optioned rookie RHP
to Triple-A New Orleans to make room for reliever
, acquired in a trade with the
on Sunday. ... Sandy Alomar Sr. managed the Mets following Manuel's ejection. ... Mets SS
was given the day off. ... New York won the season series 4-3. ... Mets starters allowed one run in 28 innings in the four-game
series against the Pirates. ... Pittsburgh closer
(right shoulder bursitis) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Altoona on Wednesday and throw a side session Thursday.
The right-hander has been out since July 2. ... Pirates OF
said tests to his sprained left ankle Monday showed no further damage. Moss, who was hurt Sunday, is day-to-day. ... The four-game
series drew 129,473 fans, a PNC Park record.