Satin, Mets rally for 4 in 9th to beat Giants 5-4

With a makeshift lineup of rookies and call-ups, the New York

Mets pulled off a ninth-inning rally that no one saw coming.

Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run outburst that

sent New York past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Wednesday night,

moments after Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg.

Shut down by Matt Cain for almost eight innings, the Mets fought

back against San Francisco’s bullpen. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz had an

RBI double and Juan Centeno, making his major league debut, singled

in a run off closer Sergio Romo (4-8).

”If there’s anything that typifies what we’re trying to do

here, it was that ninth inning,” New York manager Terry Collins

said. ”When you’re playing the world champions, down by three,

Matt Cain is mowing you down, it might be easy to say to yourself,

`We don’t belong here.”’

Satin had a career-best three RBIs, including a sacrifice fly

against Cain in the eighth. Vic Black (2-0) pitched a perfect

inning for the win.

Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer off Mets starter Aaron

Harang.

”To lose one like this is not easy to swallow,” Cain said.

Tejada was injured when he tumbled over sliding left fielder

Andrew Brown to catch a popup in the ninth inning. Tejada, who

knocked shins with the oncoming Brown, initially stayed in the game

but was lifted for Lutz in the bottom of the inning.

”Right up until the last second, I thought he was going to miss

me,” Brown said.

Tejada will be sidelined six to eight weeks before he can begin

rehabilitation, ending his disappointing season that included a

strained right quadriceps and a long demotion to the minors.

”When he came in, we knew it was bad,” Collins said. ”I feel

bad for Ruben. He’s worked hard to get back here.”

Santiago Casilla walked two in the ninth before giving way to

Romo, who threw 25 pitches in the series opener Tuesday night. Lutz

lined a one-out double and Centeno looped a single that was fielded

on one hop by shortstop Brandon Crawford in short left field.

”It’s great to see those guys come through when you need

them,” Collins said.

Matt den Dekker walked before pinch-hitter Omar Quintanilla

flied out to shallow right, keeping the bases loaded.

Satin then lined a game-ending single into left field and

greeted a rush of happy teammates with open arms near first

base.

”It’s a lot different under the bright lights here at Citi

Field, but to rally like that here is pretty cool,” Satin

said.

It was Romo’s fifth blown save in 40 chances.

”I was trying to give him a break, but when you walked a couple

of guys, you go to your closer,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

”He was fine to go. I already had him warming up.”

Cain managed only two outs July 10 in a 7-2 loss to the Mets,

the lone time in 264 career starts that he failed to get out of the

first inning. This time, the right-hander was on top of his

game.

He scattered six singles over 7 2-3 innings and did not allow an

earned run. New York pushed only one runner to second base before

the eighth.

”He was great. He pitched well. It’s a shame we couldn’t get a

win for him,” Bochy said. ”You have to give them credit on coming

from behind. They almost did it last night, and they did it

tonight.”

New York gave away a run with two embarrassing errors in the

fourth. Satin bobbled a leadoff grounder to third by Crawford, who

scored when Brown flubbed Blanco’s two-out fly to right.

Cain helped himself in that inning with a butcher-boy

single.

Carlos Torres, scheduled to start Sunday in Philadelphia, struck

out four in two hitless innings of relief for New York.

NOTES: Bochy said Romo won’t pitch Thursday, but Casilla will be

available. … Mets rookie C Travis d’Arnaud sat out with a sore

right shoulder. He was hit by a foul ball Tuesday night and left

the game two innings later. Collins said he hopes d’Arnaud can play

Thursday. … Centeno started behind the plate and singled his

second time up for his first career hit. … Mets CF Juan Lagares

snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a second-inning single. … Giants

LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-9, 2.83 ERA) faces LHP Jonathon Niese

(7-7, 3.88) in the series finale Thursday.