Major League Baseball
Wright steals four bags as Mets top Giants
Major League Baseball

Wright steals four bags as Mets top Giants

Published May. 15, 2009 7:10 a.m. ET

David Wright hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and finished with four of New York's franchise-record seven stolen bases, leading the Mets to a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

Wright had three hits and drove in two runs for New York, which has won nine of 11. Gary Sheffield and Carlos Beltran each had two hits and Ramon Castro had two RBIs.

Sheffield, Beltran and Alex Cora also stole a base for New York, which ran wild on the basepaths with speedy shortstop Jose Reyes sitting out with a stiff right calf.

Wright tied a club mark for steals accomplished twice by Vince Coleman and equaled by Roger Cedeno in 1999. The team had swiped six bags in four games, the last time on Sept. 15, 2007, against Philadelphia.

New York also was without reliever J.J. Putz and first baseman Carlos Delgado. Putz had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and Delgado's ailing hip kept him out of the lineup.

Bobby Parnell (2-0), subbing for Putz in the eighth inning, gave up RBI hits to Jose Uribe and Edgar Renteria to leave the game tied at 4.

The Mets responded with three runs in the ninth. Beltran hit a one-out double off Brian Wilson (2-1) and swiped third. After Sheffield walked, Wright lined an RBI single into right field.

Sheffield and Wright executed a double steal and scored on Castro's two-out single to right.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 10 opportunities, shaking off Bengie Molina's leadoff double.

Molina had two hits and drove in a run for the Giants, who lost two in a row for the first time since a six-game slide April 10-16.

John Maine worked 6 2-3 innings for New York, allowing two runs and seven hits. He also contributed offensively, going 2 for 3 to record his first career multihit game.

Jonathan Sanchez gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for San Francisco.

Sheffield helped New York get off to a fast start in the opener of a 10-game trip. He singled in Cora in the first, and doubled and scored on Sanchez's wild pitch in the third to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Sanchez (1-4) allowed his first runs at home this season, and has given up 13 runs over his last 14 2-3 innings.

Molina hit an RBI single and Randy Winn added a sacrifice fly in the first for the Giants.


Giants RHP Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning for Class A San Jose in his first rehab appearance. ... Giants OF Andres Torres begins his rehab Friday with San Jose. ... Giants OF Nate Schierholtz missed the game with a bruised rib. ... The Mets have won the last six season series over the Giants. ... Maine was 0 for 11 with one sacrifice entering the game. ... Wright is 11 for 21 (.524) against left-handed pitchers this year and is a career .353 hitter against them.


Get more from Major League Baseball Follow your favorites to get information about games, news and more