In a crucial series against the Astros last week, Wendell pitched in all four games, saving the final two. On Sunday, Valentine paid tribute to Wendell by trotting him out for the seventh straight game, tying a Mets record. He was greeted with a standing ovation and threw a 1-2-3 ninth in a 5-0 win over the Marlins that put New York one game ahead of the Cubs for a wild-card berth and ran Wendell's streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 11?. "We had a full house," says Valentine. "He's pitched his heart out. I wanted him to walk off the mound and feel some appreciation."