Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Monday, May 14
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 15
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Game 3: Wednesday, May 16
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Game 4: Thursday, May 17
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Cubs 4

(17-19, 9-8 away)

Mets 5

(24-13, 10-8 home)

7:10 PM ET, May 14, 2007

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: A. Heilman (4-2)

L: M. Wuertz (0-2)

Mets walk past Cubs in bottom of ninth

A CLOSER LOOK
• Summary: Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz walked three straight batters in the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run for the Mets.

• Turning point: Carlos Delgado fouled off three 3-2 offerings before getting the walk.

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• Hero: David Wright hit a two-run homer in the fourth to pull the Mets within 4-2 and finished with three hits.

• Unsung hero: The Mets bullpen kept the Cubs scoreless over the final three innings.

• Figure this: Since April 30, the Cubs are 0-for-15 with six RBIs with the bases loaded.

• Quotable: "It was just a terrible performance on my part. You just can't walk guys like that." -- Wuertz

• Elias Says: It was the fifth win via a walkoff bases on balls for the Mets since 1998. Only Seattle and the Yankees -- both with five as well -- have as many such wins over that span.

-- ESPN.com news services

Mets 5, Cubs 4

NEW YORK (AP) -- A little bit low, a few inches too high, a fastball just off the corner. The New York Mets let the close ones go by and walked off with a comeback win.

Chicago Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz walked three straight batters with two outs in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run in New York's 5-4 victory Monday night.

Slumping slugger Carlos Delgado drew the game-ending pass on a 3-2 pitch that was high, and David Wright hit a two-run homer to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games. After overcoming an early four-run deficit, they have won nine of 12 overall.

"We just kept grinding it out. We never give up," manager Willie Randolph said, then praised Delgado's patience. "Great at-bat. Hopefully that'll kick-start him."

Tom Glavine failed to earn his 295th win, but recovered from a rocky start and kept New York in the game. After falling behind 4-0 in the second, he left for a pinch hitter in the sixth with the score tied.

Trying to win his sixth consecutive start, Jason Marquis was unable to hold the big lead. The right-hander, who is from New York City and had about 20 friends and family members in the stands, entered 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA in his first season with Chicago.

"It was just one of those nights where I didn't feel in synch," Marquis said.

Jose Reyes singled off Wuertz (0-2) with two outs in the ninth and stole his major league-leading 23rd base on a pitchout. Endy Chavez walked, and Wuertz fell behind Carlos Beltran 3-0 before issuing an intentional pass that loaded the bases.

Delgado, who began the day batting .209 with three homers, fouled off a pair of 3-2 deliveries before laying off the 10th pitch he saw.

"I was seeing the ball good, I was tracking it good," Delgado said. "I was feeling better as the at-bat went along."

Wuertz was upset with himself for even allowing Delgado to come to the plate.

"It shouldn't come down to that. It should come down to bearing down and getting guys out before that," Wuertz said. "It was just a terrible performance on my part. You just can't walk guys like that, especially with two out. It's a tough way to lose the game.

"They did it right. They took a lot of close pitches."

With a runner on second, winner Aaron Heilman (4-2) retired Cesar Izturis on a grounder back to the mound with his only pitch. Wright finished with three hits.

Alfonso Soriano, batting third for the first time this season, doubled with two outs in the first and scored when Aramis Ramirez looped a single just in front of a charging Beltran in center.

Angel Pagan's one-out double barely eluded Chavez's dive in left, and Marquis grounded a two-run single under second baseman Damion Easley's glove for his first RBIs of the year.

Marquis scored from first on a bloop double by Izturis that deflected off the glove of Easley as he and right fielder Shawn Green narrowly avoided a collision.

"They didn't really hit many balls hard, they just hit them in the right spot," Glavine said. "Anytime you have a game that starts out like that, it's frustrating."

Wright's opposite-field drive in the fourth barely snuck over the right-field fence, cutting it to 4-2.

After loading the bases on three straight two-out walks in the fifth, Glavine went to 3-2 on Mark DeRosa before inducing a routine fly. The Cubs are 0-for-15 with six RBIs with the bases loaded dating to April 30.

"It's a funny thing. When they walk us, we have trouble getting them in. When we walk them, they score in a hurry," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said.

Soriano probably should have caught Delgado's leadoff single in the sixth, but he hesitated and let the blooper fall in front of him. Wright followed with a single that chased Marquis, and Paul Lo Duca's one-out double off Rocky Cherry made it 4-3. Easley tied it with a sacrifice fly.

Signed to a $21 million, three-year contract after going 14-16 with a 6.02 ERA for St. Louis last year, Marquis allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings. He was coming off a three-hit shutout against Pittsburgh and had allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his previous two starts, both against the Pirates.

Game notes


After the game, the Mets recalled reliever Ambiorix Burgos from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned RHP Lino Urdaneta to the Zephyrs. ... Cubs 1B Derrek Lee missed his first game this season because of neck spasms. Lee, who leads the major leagues with a .390 batting average, went back to Chicago for tests and was not at the game. DeRosa started at 1B -- using Lee's mitt. DeRosa was shaken up when Chavez ran into his left wrist on a bunt single in the fifth, but remained in the game until he was lifted for pinch-hitter Daryle Ward in the eighth. DeRosa is day to day with a minor sprain. ... Mets LF Moises Alou sat out his second consecutive game with a strained left quadriceps. ... It was New York's biggest comeback victory of the season. The Mets have 10 come-from-behind wins.

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