NEW YORK - Down by seven runs, New York clawed back to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-8, on Thursday afternoon, the Mets' biggest comeback win in more than a decade.

The Mets were already trailing, 7-0, when Carlos Beltran's three-run homer in the third inning gave them a boost. Beltran then hit a leadoff double in the sixth as the Mets scored four times to tie the game. Ruben Tejada delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jose Veras (1-2) and Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning.

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

Jason Isringhausen (1-0) worked the eighth, and Francisco Rodriguez survived Neil Walker's RBI single in the ninth for his 16th save.

Mets 9, Pirates 8

Pittsburgh 331 000 001 – 8 14 1

New York 003 004 02x – 9 9 0

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Paul rf 5   3   4   1   0   0   .305

J.Harrison 3b 5   1   1   0   0   0   .308

A.McCutchen cf 5   2   2   2   0   1   .260

Walker 2b 5   1   2   4   0   0   .273

Overbay 1b 4   0   0   0   1   0   .233

Diaz lf 4   0   1   1   0   2   .255

Cedeno ss 4   0   1   0   0   1   .238

Du.Brown c 3   1   0   0   1   2   .143

Maholm p 3   0   2   0   0   1   .130

Resop p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

c-G.Jones ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .228

Veras p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

D.McCutchen p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 39   8   14   8   2   7   

New York AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Jos.Reyes ss 4   1   1   0   1   2   .333

Turner 3b 5   1   1   0   0   0   .314

Beltran rf 4   2   2   4   1   0   .288

Fr.Rodriguez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Bay lf 3   1   0   0   1   1   .228

Pagan cf 4   0   1   0   0   0   .224

R.Paulino c 4   0   1   0   0   0   .327

1-Harris pr 0   1   0   0   0   0   .216

Pridie rf 0   0   0   0   0   0   .237

Evans 1b 2   1   0   0   1   0   .000

Parnell p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Isringhausen p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

d-Capuano ph 0   0   0   0   0   0   .125

e-Thole ph-c 0   1   0   0   1   0   .223

R.Tejada 2b 3   1   1   3   0   0   .313

Pelfrey p 1   0   0   0   0   1   .050

a-Hairston ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .245

Byrdak p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-Dn.Murphy ph-1b 1   0   1   1   1   0   .293

Totals 32   9   9   8   6   4   

a-singled for Pelfrey in the 5th. b-singled for Byrdak in the 6th. c-singled for Resop in the 8th. d-was announced for Isringhausen in the 8th. e-walked for Capuano in the 8th. 1-ran for R.Paulino in the 8th. E: Diaz (1). LOB: Pittsburgh 6, New York 7. 2B: Beltran (18), Pagan (3). 3B: Paul (2). HR: Walker (7), off Pelfrey; Beltran (9), off Maholm. RBIs: Paul (6), A.McCutchen 2 (29), Walker 4 (37), Diaz (9), Beltran 4 (32), R.Tejada 3 (7), Dan.Murphy (18). SB: Paul 2 (5), A.McCutchen (11). CS: Paul (1). SF: R.Tejada. RLSP: Pittsburgh 3 (Du.Brown, J.Harrison, Diaz); New York 4 (Evans, Jos.Reyes, Bay 2). RA: Walker, R.Paulino 2.

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Maholm 52/3   8   7   6   2   2   91   3.66

Resop (BS 3) 11/3   0   0   0   0   1   19   3.76

Veras (L 1-2) 2/3   1   2   2   4   0   29   3.13

D.McCutchen 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   5   1.52

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Pelfrey 5   10   7   7   1   3   88   5.56

Byrdak 1   1   0   0   0   0   11   5.27

Parnell 1   0   0   0   1   1   21   5.00

Isrngh's'n (W 1-0) 1   1   0   0   0   2   10   2.89

FRodriguez (S 16) 1   2   1   1   0   1   20   2.00

IR-S: Resop 2-1, D.McCutchen 3-0. IBB: off Veras (Dan.Murphy). HBP: by Resop (Bay). WP: Veras, Parnell. PB-Du.Brown. Balk-Veras. Umpires: Home, Dana DeMuth; first, Paul Nauert; second, Doug Eddings; third, Kerwin Danley.

T: 2:59. A: 30,074 (41,800).

Giants 12, Cardinals 7

ST. LOUIS - Aubrey Huff hit three home runs and had six RBIs as San Francisco hammered St. Louis.

Huff, who entered the game batting .219, raised his average 14 points while leading the surge for the Giants.

San Francisco 000 203 502 – 12 11 0

St. Louis 102 000 400 – 7 10 0

San Francisco AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Torres cf 5   3   3   2   0   0   .269

M.Tejada 3b 4   1   1   0   0   1   .211

F.Sanchez 2b 5   2   1   4   0   1   .296

Huff 1b 5   3   4   6   0   0   .233

Schierholtz rf 5   0   0   0   0   1   .261

C.Ross lf 4   0   1   0   0   3   .267

Mota p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Affeldt p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

B.Crawford ss 4   0   0   0   0   2   .273

Whiteside c 3   1   0   0   1   0   .188

J.Sanchez p 2   1   1   0   0   0   .261

S.Casilla p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

c-Burrell ph 0   1   0   0   1   0   .229

Rowand lf 1   0   0   0   0   1   .245

Totals 38   12   11   12   2   9   

St. Louis AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.

Theriot ss 4   0   1   0   0   0   .302

Cleto p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

e-Westbrook ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .105

Tallet p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Jay rf 5   0   1   0   0   1   .336

Pujols 1b 5   2   2   0   0   0   .265

Craig lf 3   2   2   1   2   0   .347

Y.Molina c 1   1   0   0   2   0   .318

d-Descalso ph-3b 2   1   1   0   0   0   .245

Rasmus cf 5   1   2   6   0   0   .279

Greene 2b-ss 3   0   0   0   2   0   .222

T.Cruz 3b-c 4   0   0   0   1   1   .357

Lynn p 1   0   0   0   1   0   .000

Miller p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

a-Kozma ph 0   0   0   0   0   0   .125

b-Schumaker ph-2b 2   0   1   0   0   0   .222

Totals 36   7   10   7   8   3   

a-was announced for Miller in the 6th. b-singled for Kozma in the 6th. c-walked for S.Casilla in the 7th. d-singled for Y.Molina in the 7th. e-struck out for Cleto in the 8th. LOB: San Francisco 2, St. Louis 10. 2B: Torres (11), C.Ross (6), J.Sanchez (4), Craig (8). 3B: Rasmus (6). HR: Huff (6), off Lynn; F.Sanchez (3), off Cleto; Huff (7), off Cleto; Huff (8), off Tallet; Rasmus (5), off Mota. RBIs: Torres 2 (11), F.Sanchez 4 (22), Huff 6 (30), Craig (22), Rasmus 6 (26). SB: Pujols (5), Greene (7). RLSP: San Francisco 2 (B.Crawford 2); St. Louis 5 (Rasmus, Jay, Lynn, Theriot, T.Cruz). RA: M.Tejada, F.Sanchez, Descalso. GIDP: Theriot. DP: San Francisco 1 (B.Crawford, F.Sanchez, Huff).

San Francisco IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

JSanchez(W4-3) 51/3   4   3   3   6   1   103   3.50

S.Casilla (H 1) 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   3   2.45

Mota 1   3   4   4   1   1   21   4.39

Affeldt (S 1) 2   2   0   0   1   1   27   4.91

St. Louis IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Lynn (L 0-1) 51/3   4   5   5   0   5   64   8.44

Miller 2/3   2   0   0   0   0   15   2.38

Cleto 2   3   5   5   2   3   50   22.50

Tallet 1   2   2   2   0   1   15   6.48

IR-S: S.Casilla 1-0, Miller 1-1. IBB: off J.Sanchez (T.Cruz). HBP: by Lynn (M.Tejada). Umpires: Home, Tim Welke; first, Andy Fletcher; second, Mike DiMuro; third, Jim Reynolds.

T: 3:05. A: 34,104 (43,975).