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Mets 7, Angels 6 (13 innings)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New York catcher Antony Recker, spoiled Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez' heroics with a solo shot off reliever Matt Shoemaker in the top of the 13th to lead the Mets to a 7-6 victory in a game that lasted over 4 1/2 hours to even the weekend series.

Angels ace Jered Weaver was going to lose his third consecutive start for the first time in his stellar nine-year career, but Ibanez saved the day and made history with two outs in the ninth inning.

Ibanez hit a three-run blast about 20 rows deep in the right-field bleachers off New York Mets closer Jose Valverde to not only tie the game at 6, but it was the 19-year veteran's 2,000 career base hit as well.

But it was all for not thanks to Recker's heroics, which came after Shoemaker had escaped disaster in the 12th when he loaded the bases but got Juan Lagares swinging to end the threat.

It was Recker's first home run of the season and his first three RBIs of 2014 after a two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave the Mets a temporary 4-3 lead.

John Lannon (1-0) got the win after retiring the side in the 13th, including a line shot to first off the bat of Mike Trout.

It looked good through six innings, when the Angels gave Weaver a 3-1 lead, but it fell apart in the seventh with a one-out walk to Curtis Granderson and three consecutive, two-out hits (two off Weaver) to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Ike Davis followed Granderson's one-out base on balls by flying out to center, and Weaver was one out for escaping the jam.

But Lucas Duda singled and Lagares' RBI base hit plated Granderson to get the Mets to within 3-2 and chased Weaver.

Fernando Salas replaced Weaver and Recker immediately greeted the Angels' right-hander with a line shot to shallow center that fell just under the out-stretched arms of center fielder Trout to score both Duda and Lagares and gave the Mets their first lead of the game.

Collin Cowgill got the Angels off to a great start when he threw out Eric Young Jr., at the plate in the top of the first when David Wright hit a one-out fly ball to left. His strike to catcher Chris Iannetta got Weaver, his teammates and the fans on their feet.

Cowgill then led off the bottom of the first with a single and moved to second on a Trout ground out. Albert Pujols single down the left-field line gave the Angels (5-6) a 1-0 lead.

Duda, though, tied the game for the Mets with a two-out solo home run off Weaver in the second inning.

Solo blasts from Iannetta in the fifth and Cowgill in the sixth innings gave Weaver a 3-1 lead bulge.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese, who also got a no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five in 7 1/3 innings.

Niese (1-1) used 96 pitches and got some help in the eighth inning when reliever Carlos Torres got Trout to ground into a double play after J.B. Shuck's pinch-hit single seemed to give the Angels some life.

Cowgill and Trout had two hits apiece for the Angels. Quintanilla had three hits for the Mets, and Duda, Lagares had two hits.

Cowgill led off the bottom of the first inning for the Angels?with a single after throwing out the Mets' Eric Young Jr. at the plate to end the top half.

Cowgill moved to second on a Mike Trout ground out and came home on Albert Pujols' single to left.

In the top of the first, David Wright hit a one-out fly ball to shallow left field and Cowgill threw a perfect strike to nip Young at the plate.

Duda hit a solo blast to left-center field off Jered Weaver on a full count to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning.

Weaver threw just two strikes in his first 10 pitches to start the game and had walked three through the first two-plus innings, but got defensive help from Cowgill in the first, and Iannetta threw Wright out at third on a double steal in the third inning.

Niese retired 13 of the next 14 batters after Pujols' first-inning single until Iannetta's solo shot to center field to give the Angels a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. It was Iannetta's first of the year.

NOTES: Mets LF Eric Young continued his torrid pace on the basepaths with his sixth stolen base in the last three-plus games. Young stole second in the first inning, but two batters later was thrown out at the plate on a David Wright fly ball to left to end the top half of the first inning. ... Angels 1B Albert Pujols is just six home runs from becoming the 26th player in MLB history with 500 in his career. The Mets have led in nine of their first 10 games this season and have scored first in seven of those games. OF Mike Trout is hitting .483 in his last eight games vs. National League pitching.

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