figured it was better to be aggressive than wait around.
Beltran turned his one-out, ninth-inning double into an easy tiebreaking run by stealing third, one of New York's franchise-record
seven stolen bases, and the Mets beat the
San Francisco Giants
7-4 on Thursday night.
''Sometimes you're going to have to steal bases to win games,'' Beltran said. ''Once I got to second I knew we were going
to score at least that run. I'm trying to pick up the spot and let Sheff (
) drive me in. He got the walk and David got the big hit.''
Wright singled in Beltran to give the Mets a 5-4 lead and tied a club mark with four steals, accomplished twice by
and equaled by
''I got a few opportunities early,'' Wright said. ''I like putting pressure on the defense, and I like to keep the pitcher
on his toes to make him focus on the baserunners.''
Wright had three hits and drove in two runs for New York, which has won nine of 11. Sheffield and Beltran each had two hits
had two RBIs.
also stole a base for New York, which ran wild on the basepaths with speedy shortstop
sitting out with a stiff right calf. The team had swiped six bags on four occasions, the last time on Sept. 15, 2007, against
''I think we've been aggressive in late-inning situations,'' manager
said. ''It was nice to see that type of fight against a very good pitcher.''
New York also was without reliever J.J. Putz and first baseman
. Putz had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and Delgado's ailing hip kept him out of the lineup.
(2-0), subbing for Putz in the eighth inning, gave up RBI hits to
to leave the game tied at 4. Renteria departed with a sore left hamstring after his infield single.
''It's tight,'' Renteria said. ''Hopefully tomorrow it will get better.''
The Mets responded with three runs in the ninth. Beltran hit a one-out double off
(2-1) and swiped third, barely beating
's throw. After Sheffield walked, Wright lined an RBI single into right field.
''That was a close call at third and it went their way,'' manager
said. ''Still, we have to do a better job.''
Sheffield and Wright executed a double steal and scored on Castro's two-out single to right.
''If the guy is out it's a completely different inning,'' Wilson said of Beltran's close steal. ''It was definitely a different
mentality after that. Up until then I was doing a good job of holding runners on. But the past doesn't count.''
pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 opportunities, shaking off 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
worked 6 2-3 innings for New York, allowing two runs and seven hits. He also contributed offensively, going 2 for 3 to record
his first career multihit game.
gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for San Francisco.
''I thought it was a better outing for him,'' Bochy said. ''He kept his concentration better.''
Sheffield helped New York get off to a fast start in the opener of a 10-game trip. He singled in Cora in the first, and doubled
and scored on Sanchez's wild pitch in the third to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Sanchez allowed his first runs at home this season, and has given up 13 runs over his last 14 2-3 innings.
Molina hit an RBI single and
added a sacrifice fly in the first for the Giants.
Notes: Giants RHP
pitched a scoreless inning for Class A San Jose in his first rehab appearance. ... Giants OF
begins his rehab Friday with San Jose. ... Giants OF
missed the game with a bruised rib. ... The Mets have won the last six season series over the Giants. ... Maine was 0 for
11 with one sacrifice entering the game. ... Wright is 11 for 21 (.524) against left-handed pitchers this year and is a career
.353 hitter against them.