Clark, Youth Propel Mets to 7-6 Victory over Expos

On a day when the Mets began the process of removing high priced veterans with Roberto Alomar's departure, another trading piece, Armando Benitez, lowered his value once again by entering in the eighth and allowing a two run homer to Jose Vidro that tied the game. Luckily for him, pinch-hitter Tony Clark came through with a game winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the New York Mets defeated the Montreal Expos 7-6 on Tuesday night inside Shea Stadium.

With Joe McEwing standing on second after Vidro made an error on a Reyes grounder, Tony Clark stepped to the plate against Julio Manon (0-2) and singled into right field to send the Mets to their second straight victory over Montreal.

Armando Benitez (2-3) entered with two outs in the eighth to face Jose Vidro for the second straight night. Monday, he was able to retire him. This time, he hit a two run homer that tied the game. Though, after the Mets failed to score in their half, he stayed on to pitch the ninth in order to earn the win.

The Mets youngsters are now getting a chance, and on Tuesday night they stepped up.

"We've been given an opportunity," first baseman Jason Phillips said to the Associated Press. "Whoever's out there, we're going to try to play hard behind him. We can't control that other stuff. I stopped playing GM in Double-A."

Montreal (45-38) took a one run lead in first on a solo homer by second basemen Jose Vidro, his ninth of the year, off Mets starter Aaron Heilman. After snapping a seven-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 outing on Monday night, Vidro went 3-for-4 with 2 homers and 3 RBIs.

Aaron Heilman -- making his second career start after going 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Norfolk -- tossed seven strong innings, allowing five hits and three walks while walking two and fanning one.

The Mets (36-46) knotted it up on a Jose Reyes double in the second, but Wil Cordero put the Expos ahead once again with an RBI single in the fourth. Rey Sanchez -- who was activated from the disabled list before the game and started at second base -- hit a sacrifice fly to right that tied the game at two and chased Expos starter Sun-Woo Kim.

Vance Wilson gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fifth with a single, but Montreal fought back to even the score once again in the seventh after rookie outfielder Ron Calloway deposited his eighth homer of the year over the right field fence.

Jason Phillips doubled to put the Mets ahead in the seventh and New York shortstop Jose Reyes -- after Vance Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases -- dumped a two run base hit into center to give Art Howe's club a 6-3 lead.

Sun-Woo Kim -- who had yet to pitch more than 4 1-3 innings in any of his three starts this season -- lasted just 3 1/3 innings, surrendering six hits and two runs.

"Do I look like I am insane?" Montreal manager Frank Robinson said to the Associated Press when asked if Kim would make his next start. "Do I look like a man that wants to be tortured?"

The Mets sent Roberto Alomar to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon for minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Almonte and infielder Andrew Salvo... INF Rey Sanchez (sprained left thumb) was activated from the disabled list before the game to take Alomar's roster spot, hit second in the order, and started at second base... SS Jose Reyes was picked off second for the second out in the second inning... The Mets look to sweep the series on Wednesday night when they send Jae Weong Seo (5-3, 3.09) to the mound against Livan Hernandez (6-6, 4.19)...

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