Mets 9, Brewers 8, 11 innings

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NEW YORK (AP)—A game that featured 35 hits and seven home runs was decided by four straight pitches out of the strike zone.

Pinch-hitter Mike Piazza drew a bases-loaded walk from Julio Santana in the 11th inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 Tuesday night.

“At 3-0, I looked down to third to see if there was a sign,” Piazza said.

There was none.

“I’ve hit into double plays in those situations. I could see a 3-0, broken-bat comebacker to the pitcher,” Piazza said, “so I was pretty much taking.”

Mike Cameron tied the score with a one-out homer in the ninth off hard-throwing closer Derrick Turnbow, who had not allowed a run in converting his previous 15 save chances.

“He supplied most of the power,” said Cameron, who has seven hits in two games since New York held onto him at the trade deadline Sunday.

David Wright also connected for the Mets, who overcame a four-run deficit and Milwaukee’s season-high five homers.

Geoff Jenkins homered twice, including a tiebreaking shot off Roberto Hernandez that gave the Brewers an 8-7 lead in the ninth.

Carlos Lee and Jenkins hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, and Russell Branyan and Damian Miller did the same against starter Victor Zambrano in the second as Milwaukee opened a 6-2 lead.

Lee drove in four runs, increasing his NL-leading total to 89. He also had four hits.

“We labored the whole night,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “It was a great offensive night for us.”

Wright opened the 11th with a single and was running as Cameron hit a liner right at shortstop Bill Hall, who was moving over to cover second base. The ball appeared to catch Hall by surprise and glanced off his glove into center field, putting runners at the corners.

Doug Mientkiewicz was intentionally walked, loading the bases. After Ramon Castro flied out to shallow right, Piazza took four straight balls from Santana (2-5).

“I was trying to get a groundball,” Santana said.

Braden Looper (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Cameron had four hits, and Miguel Cairo added three for the Mets.

It took Milwaukee 107 games this season to hit consecutive home runs, and one inning to duplicate the feat. The last time the Brewers hit five homers was April 25, 2003, in Atlanta.

Lee’s 26th home run in the first inning was a two-run shot, and Jenkins made it 3-0.

The Mets came back in the bottom half against starter Tomo Ohka on RBI singles by Cliff Floyd and Cameron to make it 3-2.

Branyan opened the second with his 10th homer, a drive over the center-field fence, and Miller followed with his sixth. Lee added an RBI single off Aaron Heilman, making it 6-2.

The Mets scored twice in the fourth on Jose Reyes’ run-scoring single and Carlos Beltran’s RBI groundout.

Lee’s two-out RBI single in the sixth made it 7-4, but the Mets tied it in the seventh.

Wright hit a solo homer, his 16th. Mientkiewicz and Castro hit consecutive doubles with two outs, and Marlon Anderson drove in the tying run with a single, his 16th pinch-hit this season.


Reyes extended his hitting streak to 15 games. … Lee also made a sprawling catch in LF. … Mets RHP Steve Trachsel (back surgery) was at Shea Stadium to throw a side session. He is expected to make two more rehab starts. … New York 2B Kaz Matsui (knee) played seven innings in a rehab game in the Gulf Coast League, going 2-for-4 with two singles.

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