SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dustan Mohr sat in front of his locker with
his head buried in his hands. Even in a new ballpark, right field
in San Francisco remains treacherous territory.
Mohr allowed two runs to score when he dropped a fly ball in the
12th inning, and the New York Mets overcame a shaky return by Tom
Glavine and a team-record six double plays to beat the Giants 11-9
Saturday."This is a big letdown for me personally and for the team, when
it looks like we're out of the inning and I miss the ball," Mohr
said.The game featured a major league-record 10 double plays, plus 16
walks and three errors. But the biggest mistake was made by Mohr."It hit me right in the palm of the glove," he said. "This
has never happened before. I just missed it. I thought I had it and
just misjudged it. There's no reason for it, I just flat missed
it."Just when it looked as if Giants reliever Kevin Correia (0-1)
was going to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam with
help from a sharp double play by first baseman Pedro Feliz and
catcher Yorvit Torrealba, Mohr's gaffe gave New York the win."This is the biggest baseball battle that I've been in," said
Mets rookie third baseman David Wright, who had a career-high four
hits. "It's amazing when we have almost 20 hits, they have 15 hits
and you win a game on a dropped fly ball. That sun was very tough.
It started at third and went over to right field by the end of the
game, and it was a very tough sun and a very tough play and that's
how the game is."After the first three Mets reached in the 12th, Jeff Keppinger
hit a grounder to Feliz, who stepped on first and threw home.
Torrealba caught the ball and withstood a collision with Wright for
the double play.After a walk to pinch-hitter Gerald Williams, Todd Zeile hit a
routine fly to right field. Mohr appeared to have trouble with the
late-afternoon sun and the ball ticked off his glove for an error.
Two runs scored on the play and Zeile was caught in a rundown for
the third out."It brings back some bad memories of a ball that was dropped
last year in the playoffs," San Francisco manager Felipe Alou
said, referring to a blunder by ex-Giant Jose Cruz Jr. "We know
that balls in that corner have caused some problems before. It
wasn't easy, it was towering."The Giants used to play at Candlestick Park, where right field
was very difficult for outfielders -- but more because of the
unpredictable winds.Mike Stanton (2-5) pitched one inning for the win and Bartolome
Fortunato got three outs for his first career save, getting Marquis
Grissom on a double-play grounder to end the game with Barry Bonds
on deck.Bonds went 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs for the Giants,
who lost for just the second time in 10 games."It was just a crazy game," Mets manager Art Howe said.
"Never a dull moment, that's for sure."Glavine, pitching with temporary front teeth after the taxi he
was riding in got into a crash Aug. 10, was not sharp at all. He
threw just 50 of 110 pitches for strikes and walked a season-high
six, but the Mets' hitters did more than enough to overcome his
wild five innings."I tried not to give in to the fact that I knew I did not have
good command, just keep trying to execute that one pitch to get
somebody out with, so that part was good," Glavine said. "When
all is said and done, to go out there and pitch and throw more
balls than strikes and you still have a chance to win the game and
you ultimately win the game, I guess I've got to take some
satisfaction out of that."Wright had four hits and scored three runs, and Cliff Floyd hit
a three-run homer into McCovey Cove for the Mets, who blew three
late leads.Glavine left with a 7-5 lead, but the Giants tied it in the
sixth when Bonds hit an RBI double and scored on Mohr's single.Wilson Delgado's RBI single in the eighth gave the Mets the
lead, but Mike DeJean gave it right back in the bottom half.Braden Looper then blew a lead in the 10th after the Mets went
back ahead on Jason Phillips' RBI single. Looper gave up singles to
Grissom and Bonds to open the inning and San Francisco tied it on
Edgardo Alfonzo's double-play grounder.Glavine got off to a rough start, falling behind 2-0 in the
first inning when Alfonzo doubled in a run.Glavine pitched to Bonds in the third and that didn't work out
either. Bonds hit a shot off the right-field wall that bounced away
from Richard Hidalgo, giving Bonds his first triple of the year. He
scored on Alfonzo's line single off second baseman Danny Garcia's
glove.The Mets scored two in the fourth on Mike Cameron's RBI single
and a double-play grounder by Wright.
Alfonzo went 1-for-2 after Bonds' walks, making Giants
batters 11-for-25 with 12 RBI since Aug. 5 in those situations.
... Glavine has one win in his last 11 starts. ... Floyd's homer
was the seventh by a Giants opponent to land in McCovey Cove. ...
Keppinger had his first career hit in the eighth inning. ... The
Mets issued three intentional walks -- none to Bonds. ... Giants SS
Deivi Cruz had four hits, giving him 1,000 in his career.