Scutaro pops Mets' bubble

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Wednesday, June 16: Marco Scutaro cracks the game-winner; Brian Daubach gets the call as Miguel Cairo is disabled; St. Lucie's Evan MacLane throws a complete game...

Marco Scutaro popped a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, leading the Oakland A's to a 3-2 victory over his former club, the Mets.

The hit was a crushing blow for the Mets, who rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game – Doug Mientkiewicz doubled in a run, then scored on a Jose Reyes sacrifice fly – and then dodged major bullets with the help of their bullpen.

Reliever Royce Ring, pitching in by far his biggest spot in the majors, came into a tie game with two on in the eighth inning and struck out Eric Chavez, ending the inning.

The glory was short-lived, as Ring walked Bobby Kielty on a close 3-2 pitch to open the ninth and the A's scraped out the winning run against Roberto Hernandez.

Lost in the shuffle was a strong 7 2/3 inning performance from Mets starter Victor Zambrano, who allowed two hits and five runs. Oakland starter Dan Haren also received a no-decision, posting identical hit and run numbers while striking out eight Mets.

The Mets are under .500 at 32-33 for the first time since May 25, and are 6 1/2 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Notes & Quotes

Daubach promoted: First baseman Brian Daubach was promoted to the Mets after Wednesday's game, with the team disabling infielder Miguel Cairo.

Daubach, 33, signed a minor league contract with the Mets late in spring training and was hitting .356 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

A .261 career major league hitter, Daubach was promoted over hot-hitting infielder Jeff Keppinger in part because of Doug Mientkiewicz's struggles at first base; Mientkiewicz is hitting just .208 this season after going 1-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to Oakland. Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Charlotte rallied for four runs in the last two innings against reliever Tim Lavigne (1-3) to sink the Tides, 9-5, on Wednesday night. Lavigne was working in relief of Jose Santiago, who turned in an equally unimpressive line, allowing five runs and eight hits in seven innings, walking four. Rodney Nye was 3-for-4, including a double, for Norfolk (38-29). The Tides lead Durham by seven games in the International League South.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Matt Lindstrom was bombed for seven runs in just one-third of an inning, pacing the way for New Hampshire to roll over Binghamton Wednesday, 9-5. Lindstrom allowed the first six batters to reach base and only recorded one out, raising his ERA to 7.11. Wayne Lydon was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Mike Jacobs had three hits and two RBI for Binghamton (30-31), which trails Portland by six games in the Eastern League Northern Division.

HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: Evan MacLane went the distance and Jamar Hill cracked his fifth homer as the St. Lucie Mets rolled past Daytona Wednesday, 7-2. MacLane (5-3) struck out five and walked two in the two-run, four-hit effort. Andy Wilson added three hits and two RBI in three trips for St. Lucie (28-35). The Mets are in fourth place in the Florida State League East, trailing division-leading Vero Beach by 10.5 games.

LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: The Suns were off Wednesday. Hagerstown (39-27) trails first-place Lexington by one game in the South Atlantic League's Northern division.

On Deck

Kris Benson (4-2, 3.58) tries to get the Mets out of Oakland with at least one win on Thursday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:35 p.m. ET. Ryan Glynn (0-2, 5.73) counters for the A's, making his first start against New York.

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