MLB highlights: Mets overcome 7-0 deficit, win 9-8

Endy Chavez of the Rangers slid home to score in the sixth inning of Thursday night's game in Cleveland. Chavez had four hits.
Endy Chavez of the Rangers slid home to score in the sixth inning of Thursday night's game in Cleveland. Chavez had four hits. AP

Mets 9, Pirates 8: — Carlos Beltran's three-run homer started New York's rally from a seven-run deficit and the Mets pulled off their biggest comeback win in 11 years.

After a tongue-lashing from Manager Terry Collins the previous night, host New York found itself in a 7-0 hole by the third inning.

Beltran homered in the bottom of the third, then hit a leadoff double in the sixth as the Mets scored four runs to tie the game at 7. Ruben Tejada delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth and Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning.

According to STATS LLC it was the Mets' biggest come-from-behind win since June 30, 2000, when they overcame an 8-1 deficit by scoring 10 times in the eighth to beat Atlanta 11-8, STATS LLC said.

The often-excitable Collins was especially exuberant as the Mets shook hands on the field, shouting congratulations to his players and slapping them real hard on the back.

The Mets' beat-up bullpen hung tough the final four innings to salvage a split of the four-game series. Jason Isringhausen (1-0) worked the eighth for the win, and Francisco Rodriguez survived Neil Walker's RBI single in the ninth for his 16th save.

American League

Rangers 7, Indians 4: Endy Chavez had four hits and visiting Texas overcame a three-run deficit to beat Cleveland.

Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs and Nelson Cruz twice doubled to start three-run rallies as the defending AL champions won for the fourth time in their last five road games.

Chavez had a run-scoring triple and scored in a three-run sixth against Carlos Carrasco (4-3) that put Texas ahead 6-3. His ninth four-hit game tied a career high. Since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on May 14, he is hitting .415 (17 of 41).

Michael Kirkman (1-0) earned his first career win. The left-hander allowed one run over three innings in his 18th career relief outing. Neftali Perez pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Twins 8, Royals 2: Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs and Anthony Swarzak pitched six effective innings as the visiting Twins snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up their third victory in 13 games.

Minnesota sent 10 men to the plate in a six-run third, scoring four unearned runs after Mike Aviles made a throwing error. Denard Span, Matt Tolbert and Rene Rivera had RBI singles and Cuddyer hit a run-scoring double.