' body was laden with ice bags,
'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.
singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Mets beat the
9-8 on Thursday after trailing by five runs and wasting a ninth-inning lead.
''It was a roller coaster, especially the way the day started down 5-0, but it just shows you we are resilient,'' Church said.
hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth against
before the Mets rebounded to win the makeup of a June 3 rainout. No doubt they would have preferred their first day off in
2 1/2 weeks to playing, but the Mets (39-39) now head into a big weekend series at Philadelphia back at .500 with consecutive
wins following a five-game losing streak.
''We could have just said, 'Let's pack up and head to Philly, it's a short flight, let's get this out of the way,' '' said
, who held a lengthy team meeting Tuesday in Milwaukee. ''They chose to fight and I thought that was what was most impressive.
We overcame a lot of things that were adversary.''
Tatis hit a two-run homer among his three hits, was hit twice with pitches - causing him to say afterward he was in pain from
head to toe - and scored four times as the Mets staged their biggest comeback of the season to take an 8-6 lead.
They couldn't hold it as Rodriguez, 21 of 23 previously in save chances, gave up his first tying homer in the ninth since
went deep for Baltimore on July 25 last year.
''Too bad it wasn't a three-run (homer),'' LaRoche said. ''We fought back, which we've done a lot, it just seems like on the
short end of it a lot.''
Rodriguez (2-2), angry at himself, lobbied Manuel to stay in.
''He said, 'If we score, I need to go back out for myself,''' Manuel said. ''When one of your players is like that, of that
stature and what he means to us, I knew if we came back and he didn't go back out, he would carry that for a few days.''
Rodriguez responded with a perfect 10th, needing a career regular season-high 46 pitches to get through two innings. The only
other time he threw 46 pitches, during the 2002 World Series against the Giants, his team also rallied from a five-run deficit.
''I'm the kind of guy who (if he) makes a mess, cleans it up,'' said Rodriguez, whose previous regular-season high was 42
pitches according to ESPN.com. ''I felt really frustrated because I didn't get the job done.''
(1-4), who had converted 12 consecutive save opportunities since May 15, got the first two batters in the 10th until hitting
Tatis with a pitch. Despite being in pain, Tatis stole second, and Church - expecting a changeup but getting a fastball -
lined a single into center for the Mets' 15th hit.
''It was unbelievable,'' Tatis said of a day made even longer by two rain delays that totaled 1 hour, 13 minutes.
began the comeback with a two-run single off
in the fourth after the Pirates opened the early lead against
, also pinch-hitting, gave the Mets the lead for the first time with a sacrifice fly that made it 6-5 and finished off a four-run
Tatis added a two-run homer an inning later off
cut the Pirates' deficit to 8-6 with a solo homer in the seventh. Jones, called up from the minors two days earlier, had three
hits and was a single short of the cycle.
''I just wish we had pulled it out,'' Jones said.
each had two hits for the Mets, who scored only 13 runs in their previous six games.
Maholm was 3-1 with 1.96 ERA in six home starts before allowing six runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Redding, who may be bumped from the rotation after
makes a rehabilitation start on Friday at Triple-A Buffalo, gave up five runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings to raise his ERA
NOTES: 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.