• Mets 3 Los Angeles 2: For seven innings it looked like the Mets would lose and Tim McCarver’s yammering about their lack of passion would come true. Inning after inning had passed and the Mets had blown several scoring opportunities, but the eighth inning proved to be a difference maker.

    Down 2-0, David Wright got things going with a double. Carlos Beltran followed with his fifth home run of the year, tying the game and energizing the crowd. And, the Mets weren’t done, Carlos Delgado followed with a single and was lifted for a pinch runner, Nick Evans. Easley sacrificed Evans to second and after an intentional walk to Brian Schneider, Fernando Tatis provided the game-winning single.

    Billy Wagner came on in the ninth and absolutely blew away the Dodgers, sending them down 1-2-3 on three strikeouts, giving the Mets a very satisfying win.

  • Yankees 7 Minnesota 6 (12 innings): Chien-Ming Wang didn’t have it again and Edwar Ramirez gave up his first run this season, but the Yankees’ bullpen pitched five scoreless innings and escaped several jams. Bobby Abreu drove in Johnny Damon with a single to provide the go-ahead run in the 12th and Mariano Rivera made it stand up with a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning.
  • Houston 1 Red Bulls 0: Playing without Juan Pablo Angel, the Red Bulls were down a star offensive player and it showed. New York couldn’t score and Houston converted in the 68th minute to win the game.

Photograph of Carlos Beltran (right) celebrating with David Wright, after Beltran's two-run home run in the fifth, by Frank Franklin II/AP