July 2, 2009: Mets Beat Pirates in 10

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Date: July 2, 2009
Mets starter: Tim Redding
Mets: 9
Pirates: 8
Winning pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez
Key player(s): Ryan Church, Fernando Tatis
Key play: Adam LaRoche's home run in 9th, Church's single in 10th

The Mets had to travel to Pittsburgh to make up a rained-out game from the previous month. On a Thursday night, they overcame a deficit before the Pirates came back to force extra innings. The Mets won the game in 10 innings, 9-8.

The Pirates built a 5-0 lead against Mets' starter Tim Redding in the second and third innings. They scored three times in the second before Garrett Jones tripled home Adam LaRoche and scored on a double by Diaz in the third. Pat Misch came in to relieve Redding after the hit by Diaz.

Fernando Tatis started the top of the fourth with a single off Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm. Ryan Church and Nick Evans followed with two more singles to load the bases. After Maholm struck out Omir Santos, pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy got the Mets' fourth single of the inning to score Tatis and Church. Luis Castillo grounded into a double play for the final two outs and Elmer Dessens pitched a scoreless bottom half.

In the fifth inning, Alex Cora led off with a double and moved to third base on David Wright's ensuing single. Gary Sheffield followed with a single to score Cora before Wright came home on a one-out single by Church. Evans singled to score Tatis and tie the game, 5-5. Maholm was then replaced by Pirates' reliever Jeff Karstens, who gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed on which Church scored the go-ahead run for the Mets.

Brian Stokes retired the Pirates in order in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth, Tatis hit a two-run homer to increase the Mets' lead to 8-5. Stokes again held Pittsburgh scoreless in the bottom half, but Jones homered off Pedro Feliciano for a Pirate run in the seventh.

The Mets still had a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth. Reliever Francisco Rodriguez gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Freddy Sanchez and a home run to Adam LaRoche that tied the game, 8-8. The Pirates got two more singles in the inning, but scored no more runs.

In the top of the tenth inning, Pittsburgh reliever Matt Capps retired the first two batters before hitting Tatis with a pitch. After stealing second, Tatis came around to score on Church's single and put the Mets in front. Rodriguez then set down the Bucs in order in the bottom half to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.