is starting to make a habit out of this clutch hitting.
The Mets' star third baseman, who has been criticized often for leaving key men on base, had a big hit for the second night in a row.
Wright hit a game-tying three-run double in the seventh inning and had four ribbies overall as the Mets overcame a four-run deficit against Giants ace Tim Lincecum for an 8-6 win Friday night. It was the first time all year the Mets had come back from four runs down.
The Mets handed Giants closer Brian Wilson a loss for the second straight night. After Gary Sheffield
and Wright opened the ninth with singles, Ryan Church
tried to sacrifice both runners. Wilson pounced on the poorly executed bunt attempt, but threw the ball past third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Sheffield scored the tiebreaking run. Wright, who had advanced to third, eventually came home on Omir Santos
' sacrifice fly to give Francisco Rodriguez
a two-run cushion for his 11th save in 11 chances.
The Mets moved a season-high five games over .500 and won for the 10th time in 12 games.
For the record, Wright's most recent clutch hit came at 12:13 EDT this morning. So perhaps it's time to table the dialogue about that strikeout in the ninth inning against the Cubs the final week of last season.
After Lincecum gave up an infield single to Luis Castillo
and walked Carlos Beltran
to open the seventh, he departed with a 6-3 lead. Merkin Valdez entered, walked Sheffield on four pitches, then gave up the three-run double down the left-field line to Wright.
Wright lifted his career average with the bases loaded to .381, with 70 RBI in 79 plate appearances. In the Mets' win in Thursday's series opener, Wright drove in the tiebreaking run in the ninth against Wilson.
Lincecum was charged with five runs on 10 hits while striking out eight and walking three in six-plus innings.
After his double, Wright stole third - the Mets' 11th steal through two games of the series - with none out. But he was left there when reliever Jeremy Affeldt entered and consecutively struck out Church, Santos and pinch-hitter Jose Reyes
, sending the game into the seventh-inning stretch tied at 6.
Reyes was sitting for a second straight game with right calf discomfort, but Manuel predicted he would reenter the lineup today, when Johan Santana
opposes the 298-game winner Johnson in a stellar matchup.
Manuel didn't get to see the game's resolution firsthand. He was ejected by plate umpire Doug Eddings for jawing about a called third strike on Beltran that ended the top of the eighth - the manager's second ejection this season.Brian Stokes
preserved a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth he overcame a one-out triple and stranded Randy Winn at third base.
The Mets had closed within 5-3 in the sixth against Lincecum on a sacrifice fly by Santos, then Daniel Murphy's RBI single while pinch-hitting for starter Livan Hernandez
. But in the bottom half against reliever Sean Green
, Lincecum drove in Rich Aurilia from second by chopping a single down the third-base line past Wright, who was playing well off the line.
Hernandez, who had allowed a combined three runs in 12-1/3 innings and picked up wins in his previous two starts, this time was charged with five runs on eight hits in five innings.Notable performances:Alex Cora
was 1-4 with a walk.Luis Castillo
was 1-5 with two runs scored.Carlos Beltran
added a hit of his own, going 1-3 with a run scored and two walks.Gary Sheffield
continues to surge, going 2-4 with three runs scored and a walk.
Both Ryan Church
and Jeremy Reed
had two hits a piece.Fernando Tatis
was 1-1 as a pinch hitter, as was Daniel Murphy
, who knocked in a run.
Once again, however, the performance of the night belongs to David Wright
, going 3-5 with four RBI's and a run scored. His average jumped to .341.