FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The
New York Mets
called up top prospect
to provide some offensive spark. For at least one night, the
did it for them.
dropped a throw for Montreal's third error of the game, allowing
to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Mets squandered a four-run lead before going on to a 5-4 victory.
hit his second three-run homer in as many games for the Mets, who won for just the third time in their last nine contests. The Expos tied the game on a three-run homer by
in the seventh but gave it away on Johnson's miscue in the eighth.
"We battled back, but then we self-destructed defensively and it cost us," Expos manager
said. "I don't know what happened out there."
(3-1) issued a two-out walk to Wigginton, who stole second with
on the mound. Pinch hitter
hit a grounder that was fielded cleanly by third baseman
. But the throw popped out of Johnson's glove, allowing Wigginton to race home and give the Mets a 5-4 edge.
"It was right there. I dropped the ball," Johnson said. "It was a great throw. I took my eye off it, probably. It's not a good feeling."
The game marked the long-awaited debut of Wright, a first-round draft pick of the Mets in 2001 who has emerged as the franchise's latest phenom.
Wright excelled at Class AA Binghamton and Class AAA Norfolk this season and the Mets called him up after Tuesday's loss to Florida, hoping he could provide some extra offense with All-Star
expected to miss several games with a sprained wrist.
Wright was 0-for-4 but played a flawless game in the field.
"It was good to get my feet wet," he said. "I felt more comfortable than I thought I would. I thought I was able to diffuse some of the nervous energy. This is what you dream about from the time you start playing T-ball."
Wigginton, who moved from third base to first with the arrival of Wright, walked three times and scored twice.
"I just try to play the game hard, the way it is supposed to be played," said Wigginton, who appeared comfortable at the new position.
to ground into a double play to end the eighth.
allowed a pair of singles in the ninth but got Batista to ground into a game-ending double play for his 20th save.
The bulk of the Mets' offense instead came from Hidalgo, who connected in the third for his 10th homer in 29 games since being acquired from Houston on June 17.
New York starter Jae Seo was charged with three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, including a fifth-inning homer by
. Seo left after allowing a pair of singles to open the seventh.
Stanton relieved and promptly surrendered the homer by Chavez, spoiling Seo's chance for his first victory in four starts. The blast was Chavez's fifth of the season and first since May 30.
"There's no excuse for that," Stanton said. "The team won despite me. That's inexcusable."
Making his second start since coming off the disabled list, Montreal's
allowed four runs and five hits in four innings.
Seo was impressive offensively, posting his first career two-hit game and scoring on Kaz Matsui's single in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.