First place Mets bounce back with walk-off walk

A day after the Mets’ seven game winning streak came to an end, the team came from behind to win their eighth out of their last nine. A controversial third-base steal by Carlos Beltran in the ninth inning while the Mets were down by a run turned out to be the turning point in the game.

While camera angles showed Braves’ third baseman Chipper Jones’ glove to be tagging Beltran’s hand before it touched the base, the umpire called Beltran safe. Beltran ended up scoring on a shallow sacrifice fly by Luis Castillo, then ended up walking in the bottom of the tenth with the bases loaded to win the game for New York.

On the mound, Mike Pelfrey pitched a solid game, eating up seven innings to save the bullpen on a night before a day game. Pelfrey allowed only two runs on six hits in his seven innings, while striking out three.

Francisco Rodriguez, who wishes he could pitch all 162 games, pitched the ninth and tenth inning for New York, giving up two hits but holding Atlanta scoreless.

The streaking Mets finish up their series with Atlanta today with a 1 p.m. game at Citi Field. Following the game, the team will fly out to San Francisco for a seven-day trip to the west coast, followed by a three-day stay in Boston to conclude the road trip.

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