Wright's 11th-Inning Hit Gives Mets 5-4 Win

Mets have now won three straight
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 11:22 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jose Bautista, right, reacts after being called out by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, center, after trying to score after a New York Mets pitch got away from the catcher.   (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
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(Newser) – David Wright hit a single over a pulled in outfield with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving New York a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night after the Mets' bullpen wasted a two-hit performance by Johan Santana. Endy Chavez singled off John Van Benschoten (0-1), Pittsburgh's sixth pitcher, leading off the 11th.

Van Benschoten, called up Sunday when Matt Morris was released, balked to move Sanchez to second. Marlon Anderson sacrificed, and after Jose Reyes was walked intentionally—he reached in all six plate appearances—Luis Castillo walked. Wright then hit a fly that just barely landed inside the right-field line, causing a delayed reaction from the players and fans.