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Santana walks in game-ending run in 11th inning

NEW YORK (AP) -- A game that featured 35 hits and seven home runs
was decided by four straight pitches out of the strike zone.

Pinch-hitter Mike Piazza drew a bases-loaded walk from Julio
Santana in the 11th inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the
Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 Tuesday night.

"At 3-0, I looked down to third to see if there was a sign,"
Piazza said.

There was none.

"I've hit into double plays in those situations. I could see a
3-0, broken-bat comebacker to the pitcher," Piazza said, "so I
was pretty much taking."

Mike Cameron tied the score with a one-out homer in the ninth
off hard-throwing closer Derrick Turnbow, who had not allowed a run
in converting his previous 15 save chances.

"He supplied most of the power," said Cameron, who has seven
hits in two games since New York held onto him at the trade
deadline Sunday.

David Wright also connected for the Mets, who overcame a
four-run deficit and Milwaukee's season-high five homers.

Geoff Jenkins homered twice, including a tiebreaking shot off
Roberto Hernandez that gave the Brewers an 8-7 lead in the ninth.

Carlos Lee and Jenkins hit back-to-back homers in the first
inning, and Russell Branyan and Damian Miller did the same against
starter Victor Zambrano in the second as Milwaukee opened a 6-2
lead.

Lee drove in four runs, increasing his NL-leading total to 89.
He also had four hits.

"We labored the whole night," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
"It was a great offensive night for us."

Wright opened the 11th with a single and was running as Cameron
hit a liner right at shortstop Bill Hall, who was moving over to
cover second base. The ball appeared to catch Hall by surprise and
glanced off his glove into center field, putting runners at the
corners.

Doug Mientkiewicz was intentionally walked, loading the bases.
After Ramon Castro flied out to shallow right, Piazza took four
straight balls from Santana (2-5).

"I was trying to get a groundball," Santana said.

Braden Looper (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Cameron had four hits, and Miguel Cairo added three for the
Mets.

It took Milwaukee 107 games this season to hit consecutive home
runs, and one inning to duplicate the feat. The last time the
Brewers hit five homers was April 25, 2003, in Atlanta.

Lee's 26th home run in the first inning was a two-run shot, and
Jenkins made it 3-0.

The Mets came back in the bottom half against starter Tomo Ohka
on RBI singles by Cliff Floyd and Cameron to make it 3-2.

Branyan opened the second with his 10th homer, a drive over the
center-field fence, and Miller followed with his sixth. Lee added
an RBI single off Aaron Heilman, making it 6-2.

The Mets scored twice in the fourth on Jose Reyes' run-scoring
single and Carlos Beltran's RBI groundout.

Lee's two-out RBI single in the sixth made it 7-4, but the Mets
tied it in the seventh.

Wright hit a solo homer, his 16th. Mientkiewicz and Castro hit
consecutive doubles with two outs, and Marlon Anderson drove in the
tying run with a single, his 16th pinch-hit this season.

Game notes
Reyes extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... Lee also
made a sprawling catch in LF. ... Mets RHP Steve Trachsel (back
surgery) was at Shea Stadium to throw a side session. He is
expected to make two more rehab starts. ... New York 2B Kaz Matsui
(knee) played seven innings in a rehab game in the Gulf Coast
League, going 2-for-4 with two singles.