NEW YORK (AP) -- One night after blowing a lead, the Milwaukee Brewers handled the late innings perfectly.
Bill Hall homered in the seventh to end Martinez's most dominant
stretch of the game and Carlos Lee added a tying shot in the eighth
for the Brewers, who couldn't hold a four-run lead in Tuesday's
11-inning loss but rallied against the Mets' bullpen Wednesday.
With two outs in the ninth, Wes Helms reached on an infield
single against Mets closer Braden Looper (4-5) and Brady Clark
singled. Looper walked Rickie Weeks, loading the bases, before
Overbay singled up the middle for a 6-4 lead.
"Those at-bats in the ninth inning when we had two outs were
great," Overbay said. "Perfect hopper in the little hole right
there and he was safe at first with Wes, and Brady's been doing
that all year, and Rickie had that great at-bat. You don't see
three pretty good at-bats in a row."
Rick Helling (1-0) worked the eighth for his first major league
win since Sept. 20, 2003, for Florida against Atlanta. Derrick
Turnbow, who gave up Mike Cameron's tying homer in the ninth
Tuesday, bounced back to retire Carlos Beltran with runners at
second and third for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
"I was glad I got the opportunity," Turnbow said. "Any time
you don't pitch well you want to get back out there and compete and
hopefully get the job done."
Martinez settled down after a rocky start and left with a 4-3
lead after allowing eight hits in seven innings. He struck out
eight, raising his NL-leading total to 163, but Roberto Hernandez
gave up Lee's 27th homer with one out in the eighth.
Hernandez and Looper each pitched two innings Tuesday, but Mets
manager Willie Randolph didn't think that was the reason for their
"They were ready to pitch. They told me before the game they
were ready," Randolph said. "That's the life of a reliever. It
was a big game for us, they were ready to go."
The Mets answered in the bottom half when Floyd led off with his
25th homer, a drive estimated at 420 feet that appeared to bounce
off the top of the home run apple in center field.
Piazza fouled off three 3-2 pitches in the fourth before sending
a drive over the left-field bleachers, tying it at 2 and earning
another curtain call -- as he has done after each of his recent
homers at Shea Stadium.
Martinez kept the Brewers in check from there, allowing just one
hit and striking out six between the third and sixth. He fanned
four straight in the fifth and sixth, including Overbay, Lee, and
Geoff Jenkins -- the middle of Milwaukee's order.
"I found my groove," he said. "I was able to get my breaking
ball over. Once I got in like the third inning, I was able to make
pitches pretty consistently."
Wright's two-run single in the fifth gave the Mets a 4-2 lead,
but the Brewers got a big run in the seventh on Hall's 14th homer
leading off the inning. Milwaukee got two more hits in the inning
before Martinez retired Weeks with two on.
"Any time you can get within one, that's huge," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said. "And Billy Hall stepped up and did that for
us. We still had time left."
Piazza's homer was his 391st, breaking a tie with Graig
Nettles for 45th place on the career list. ... Beltran was booed
after his first two at-bats, despite hitting the ball hard for outs
both times. He was booed throughout his return to Houston last
weekend, then again while going 0-for-6 Tuesday. "I can't control
the fans, the only thing I can control is how I play the game,"
Beltran said before the game. "When it's going to change, I don't
know. But I feel like it has to." ... The Mets lost an NL-record
146 consecutive times when trailing by at least four runs before
rallying to beat Milwaukee 9-8 in 11 innings Tuesday night,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau. New York hadn't overcome a
four-run deficit since July 28, 2002, against Cincinnati. ... The
Brewers, 15th in the NL in fielding percentage, had played a
season-high six straight errorless games before Hardy's error at SS
in the fifth. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to
16 games, the longest current run in the majors.