May 29, 2007: Two Balks and a Homer in the 12th

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Date: May 29, 2007
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Joe Smith
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Benitez's balks, Delgado's homer in 12th

The Mets and Giants faced each other on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The game lasted nearly four hours and the teams battled into extra innings. The Mets won it, 5-4, on two balks and a home run by Carlos Delgado in the 12th.

The Giants got solo home runs from Randy Winn and Bengie Molina in the top of the first inning. Mets' starter Oliver Perez then retired 14 straight San Francisco batters before Winn singled with one out in the sixth. Meanwhile, the Mets tied the game on Delgado's two-run homer off the Giants' Tim Lincecum in the bottom of the fourth.

In the sixth, Carlos Beltran hit a double off Lincecum to score Jose Reyes and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Giants responded with a home run by Daniel Ortmeier to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Met relievers Pedro Feliciano and Billy Wagner then pitched hitless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to send the game to extra innings.

Both teams had runners in scoring position in the tenth, but did not score. After a scoreless 11th, the Giants got a run against reliever Joe Smith in the top of the 12th. Omar Vizquel scored on Winn's ground out to put San Francisco ahead, 4-3.

In the bottom of the 12th, Reyes drew a leadoff walk from Giants' reliever Armando Benitez. With Endy Chavez at the plate, Benitez was called for a balk to advance Reyes to second base. Chavez's sacrifice bunt moved Reyes to third before Beltran grounded out. Benitez then committed his second balk of the inning to bring Reyes across the plate with the tying run for the Mets.

Delgado followed up by hammering his second home run of the game to end it. The Mets had a dramatic comeback victory to begin the three-game series.