NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Beltran scored twice in his return from a frightening injury, sparking Tom Glavine and the New York Mets over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Wednesday night.

David Wright and Jose Offerman each hit two-run singles for the Mets, who learned Wednesday that catcher Mike Piazza would miss at least a few games with a broken bone in his left hand after being hit by a foul ball Tuesday night.

But Beltran’s successful return gave New York some good news on the injury front for a change. It came only six days after his head-to-head collision with right fielder Mike Cameron in a loss at San Diego that left him with a concussion and a facial fracture.

A day after opting not to have surgery, Beltran reached base three times to help the Mets to their 12th win in their last 15 home games. Cliff Floyd was on all four times, hitting two singles and being walked intentionally twice.

Glavine (9-10) scattered nine hits in seven-plus innings, improving to 20-12 against the Pirates and moving into sole possession of 30th place on the career wins list with his 271st.

Aaron Heilman replaced Glavine with runners on second and third and none out in the eighth, and got the final six outs for his first save.

Jason Bay homered and doubled for the Pirates, who fell to 2-10 on the road against NL East teams. Josh Fogg (6-8) allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Beltran led off the fourth with a bunt single and stole second. Floyd was intentionally walked, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Wright followed with a single to left for a 3-1 lead.

The Mets added two more runs in the sixth. Miguel Cairo led off with a double, and after Beltran was retired for the only time on a fly to center, Floyd walked intentionally again. Salomon Torres replaced Fogg and walked Wright to load the bases before Offerman’s single to right made it 5-1.

Bay hit his 24th homer in the first inning, but Beltran helped the Mets tie it in the bottom half. He drew a two-out walk and raced home on Floyd’s single into the right-center field gap, beating the throw home without having to slide.

Notes: The Mets recalled C Mike Jacobs from Double-A Binghamton to back up Ramon Castro while Piazza is out. … Beltran had only one putout, Fogg’s fly to center in the fifth. … Mets manager Willie Randolph came out to discuss consecutive calls with first base umpire Angel Hernandez. Jose Reyes was called out on a close play at first to end the seventh, and Pirates CF Tike Redman was safe at first leading off the eighth after Offerman fielded his bunt but missed the tag. … Mets 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A St. Lucie but was scratched because of the flu.

AP-ES-08-17-05 2134EDT


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