7,524: After further review, Mets win

Over the Green Monster

An exciting ninth inning featuring a video-review home run and two spectacular defensive plays gave the New York Mets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

The Mets drew first blood when Carlos Beltran scored on Gary Sheffield’s single. Beltran had advanced to second on a throwing error by Boston starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who pitched eight otherwise strong innings.

Mike Pelfrey again yielded a leadoff hit to Jacoby Ellsbury, causing our no no-hitter count to bump up to 7,524. Pelf later in the inning gave up a two-run single to Kevin Youkilis. But afterwards, Mike settled in and lasted seven innings before handing over the ball to Pedro Feliciano for the eighth.

In the visiting ninth inning, with Sheffield on, pitcher Jonathan Papelbon gave up a two-run homer to Omir Santos. The ball was just barely over the line above the Green Monster. Originally ruled a double, the umpires awarded Santos the home run after a video review. This resulted in Papelbon’s first blown save of the year and the loss.

In the bottom of the same inning, with Kevin Youkilis on first via a walk, Jason Bay hit a liner to David Wright, and tossed it to Luis Castillo in time to erase Youkilis, J.D. Drew lined out to Angel Pagan, and Mike Lowell grounded out with Ramon Martinez making another miracle play, giving Pedro Feliciano the win and J.J. Putz the save.

Thanks to Dave at (http://www.davemackey.com for these updates while I was away.

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