SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Ticker) --
earned a measure of redemption and the
New York Mets
got a much-needed victory.
One night after failing to get the job done as a pinch hitter, Zeile delivered an RBI double in the top of the 11th inning as the Mets edged the
, 3-2, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Zeile grounded out in the seventh inning with the tying run in scoring position on Thursday and entered this game as part of a double switch in the bottom of the eighth inning. After popping out in the ninth, he crushed a long double into the left-center field gap in the 11th.
"It was a quality at-bat," Zeile said. "I guess if I'm going to come off the bench, that will be a good game situation, an RBI situation."
opened the 11th against
(0-2) with a single, but
bunted into a forceout. Zeile then got his teammate off the hook by driving a 1-2 pitch into the gap, easily scoring Wigginton.
"We had pressure on him (Ayala) every other inning," Zeile said. "I had never faced him before. I did play with him last year and watched him pitch. I know his strength - that sidearm, two-seam fastball. I just put the barrel to it."
After two tough losses in Atlanta, New York took a 2-0 lead into the eighth, only to see closer
surrender the lead.
"When they tied the game we never gave up," Mets manager
said. "It was a tough one at that point. We played a great baseball game. It was baseball at its purest."
(1-0), who tossed a scoreless 10th inning, notched the win and prospect
worked around a two-out walk to pinch hitter Ron Callaway to notch the save.
The Mets got a superb start from
in his major league debut. The 26-year-old righthander allowed five singles, did not walk a batter and struck out four in six innings.
allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He walked four but struck out seven.
staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead with his first homer of the season in the opening inning. New York tacked on a run in the fourth on a forceout by Garcia that plated Floyd.
Montreal rallied against relievers
and Looper in the eighth.
opened the inning with a single and
walked. After a bunt by
moved both runners into scoring position, Looper came on and
blooped a double inside the left field line to tie the game.
The Mets had the potential go-ahead run thrown out at the plate in the ninth and Montreal left two aboard in the 10th.