The New York Mets have had all sorts of adventures during their 46 seasons. What happened last night, however, they had never done before.
Jose Reyes and Ruben Gotay opened with consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history, and host New York beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.
New York needed both drives, some daring base running by call-up Lastings Milledge, and six sharp innings from Orlando Hernandez to win its first game of the second half.
Reyes, fresh off his three-hit performance in the All-Star Game, led off the bottom of the first with his fifth homer and Gotay followed with his fourth, both against Bronson Arroyo (3-10). It was the third time this season the Mets hit back-to-back homers but the first time in 7,238 games the club opened that way.
I dont know if they were mistakes, Arroyo said. I threw the pitch I wanted to Reyes. The other one [to Gotay] was a 2-and-1 breaking ball. I was surprised he hit it out of the park.
Hernandez (5-4) allowed three hits and two runs, struck out seven, and walked three.
Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run single in the second to tie it at 2 but the Mets went in front for good in the fifth.
Milledge led off with a single. Arroyo then retired Hernandez and Reyes before Gotays drive fell just in front of diving center fielder Ryan Freel. Milledge circled the bases and barely beat the play at home, touching the plate with his hand ahead of catcher David Rosss tag.
Hernandez retired the last 12 batters he faced. Joe Smith worked a perfect seventh, Pedro Feliciano pitched the eighth, and Billy Wagner got three outs for his 18th save in 19 chances.
Mariners 3, Tigers 2 Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single and stayed alive on the base paths long enough to allow the go-ahead run to score in a wacky sequence that sent host Seattle to victory, ending Detroits five-game winning streak.
The Tigers led, 2-0, before Seattle scored three times in the fifth inning, culminating with Beltres adventures on the base paths.
After Jose Vidro singled, Andrew Miller (4-3) walked Jose Guillen and Richie Sexson to load the bases. Beltre then singled sharply to drive in Vidro and Guillen, who scored when catcher Mike Rabelo dropped right fielder Magglio Ordonezs throw.
Rabelo then threw to second in an attempt to catch Beltre trying to advance. Second base umpire Bruce Froemming signaled safe twice as shortstop Carlos Guillen missed tags before and after Beltre slid through the bag.
A chasing Guillen missed two more tags as Beltre raced to third. During Beltres successful dash, Sexson scored the go-ahead run. Detroit manager Jim Leyland then ordered Miller to appeal the play back to second and Froemming called Beltre out for never touching the bag, though television replays showed he did.
Yankees 7, Devil Rays 3 Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Bobby Abreu all homered in the fourth for visiting New York to back Andy Pettitte.
With Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watching from his suite at Tropicana Field, Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 31st homer and the 495th of his career five pitches after Jeter hit his first in nearly a month. Abreu finished the power surge with a two-out solo shot off righthander James Shields (7-5) that made it 4-1.
Pettitte (5-6) rebounded from allowing eight runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, giving up six hits and three runs in 5 innings. The lefthander threw 102 pitches before being replaced by Luis Vizcaino in the sixth.
White Sox 9, Orioles 7 At Baltimore, Jim Thomes 487th career homer ignited Chicagos four-run first against Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Twins 6, Athletics 2 Michael Cuddyer tied a career high with four hits and Minnesota took advantage of Chad Gaudins lack of control to pick up a home win over Oakland.