Final in 10

Twins 5

(7-5, 2-4 away)

Mets 6

(6-7, 3-4 home)

    1:10 PM ET, March 14, 2004

    Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Florida 

    R H E
    MIN - -
    NYM - -

    New York 6, Minnesota 5

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron homered, and the New York Mets rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday despite losing second baseman Jose Reyes to a strained right hamstring.

    Danny Garcia's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning won it for the Mets, who came back from a 5-0 deficit.

    Michael Restovich hit a two-run shot for Minnesota.

    Reyes walked with one out in the first inning and slid headfirst as he stole second base on the next pitch.

    But when Cliff Floyd lined a single to right-center that would have easily scored the speedy Reyes, he immediately pulled up and hobbled into third base.

    Mets general manager Jim Duquette said Reyes strained his right hamstring, and the team would wait 24-48 hours to re-evaluate him.

    "We'll be cautious because it's hard to get a sense of the degree of the strain right now," Duquette said.

    Reyes, 20, said the injury was caused by the slide on the stolen base, but he wouldn't say if it was as bad as a hamstring problem he had last year.

    Duquette said Joe McEwing and Garcia would play second base while Reyes is out.

    Starting pitchers Carlos Silva and Al Leiter cruised through the first three innings, but the Twins broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on four consecutive two-out hits.

    Michael Cuddyer singled in Doug Mientkiewicz, then Michael Ryan and Joe Mauer followed with run-scoring doubles. Restovich connected to make it 5-0.

    New York cut into the lead on Piazza's RBI groundout and Cameron's home run to left-center.

    Piazza tied it in the sixth with a mammoth, three-run drive to left that short-hopped the fence of the adjacent practice field.

    Aarom Baldiris opened the ninth with a single and moved to third with two outs, setting the stage for Garcia, who replaced Reyes in the first inning.

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