Mets 4, Astros 2
But he still had his sense of humor.
Playing against the team that he snubbed in favor of signing with the Mets in 2004, Beltran was roundly booed each time he batted or came near the ball.
When asked how Saturday’s collision compared to the violent collision he had with teammate Mike Cameron last season, Beltran said that one was much worse because he didn’t know where he was.
“It’s totally different. Today I knew where I was. After I heard the boos I knew I was in Houston,” he said with a chuckle.
X-rays were negative and Beltran is day-to-day with a bruised knee.
“He made a great catch, unbelievable catch,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “He went all out and sacrificed his body, that’s why he’s one of the great players in the game.”
Said Astros manager Phil Garner: “Carlos perhaps saved the game. Two runs probably score if he doesn’t make that play, and it’s certainly tied up. I didn’t think it was catchable. He came out of nowhere.”
Both of Beltran’s knees were marked from crashing into the chain-link fence and his left knee was scraped and swollen. He was limping around the clubhouse but said he was not in pain.
After the catch, he made the throw and then went down to the ground. After being tended to by the trainers for a few minutes, Beltran walked off gingerly with help.
“My left knee went into it (the fence) and hit the patella tendon so when I came down that’s why I was limping,” he said. “I couldn’t put pressure on the knee. So I went down and I couldn’t stretch it out by myself or bend it.”
Floyd, activated from the 15-day DL before the game, had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a run-scoring double in the ninth to help the Mets to their 13th win in the last 15 games. He had been out since Aug. 9 with an Achilles’ tendon injury.
Maine (5-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings and gave up just two hits, but they were both home runs, and struck out three. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 chances.
The Astros, who have the fewest errors in the National League with 63, were uncharacteristically sloppy against New York.
“We gift wrapped it for them there’s no question about it,” Garner said. “We gave them the game.”
Floyd’s sacrifice fly later in the inning made it 2-0. Wright, who has 106 RBIs this season, got caught trying to steal second base to end the inning.
A wild pitch by Hirsh allowed Beltran to score and make it 3-1.
Maine retired the first 12 batters, before Berkman’s homer to left field to lead off the fifth inning. It was Berkman’s 37th home run of the season and his 112th RBI, tying him with Beltran for second in the National League.
Mike Lamb’s home run to the upper deck in right center field in the seventh made it 3-2. Maine was replaced by Pedro Feliciano after Beltran caught a long fly by Berkman just in front of the center field wall.
Saturday was Maine’s second meeting with the Astros. He threw a shutout in New York’s 7-0 win over Houston on July 21. He has allowed three or fewer runs in eight of 11 starts.
The 24-year-old Hirsh (2-3) allowed five hits and three runs in six innings while striking out four in his fifth major league start.
Lo Duca had a single in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. … Hirsh was named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year after posting a 12-3 record with a 2.10 ERA for Triple-A Round Rock. … Pedro Martinez, on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain, threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday in Florida.