Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mets 6, Pirates 5 Snider's Catch for Naught Wright's 3-Run Hr Gives New York Win

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mets 6, Pirates 5 Snider's Catch for Naught Wright's 3-Run Hr Gives New York Win

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The New York Mets are nothing if not fast learners.

Mike Baxter thought he got enough of Kevin Correia's pitch for a home run in the second inning. When he looked up between first and second base, he saw Travis Snider catching his long drive, half his body extended above the eight-foot fence in right field, the ball showing just above the top of his glove.

David Wright solved the problem: Hit the ball farther.

Wright's home run in the fifth carried over the wall in right- center field, well out of Snider's reach. The homer broke a tie, capped a four-run fifth and gave the Mets a 6-5 win Thursday against the Pirates in their final home game at Citi Field this season.

Snider's catch, one of the finest defensive plays this season, ranked alongside those from Rajai Davis and Mike Trout, who also robbed batters of home runs. Baxter hit the ball well enough that Correia hung his head in disgust before turning to watch.

"I didn't think he had a chance," Correia said. "He made an unbelievable catch, definitely the best catch I've seen this year on the mound."

Snider planted his left leg on the wall to climb it and held himself upright with his left arm. He barely snagged the ball, three or four feet above the top of the wall.

"It's as good a play as you'll ever want to see an outfielder make," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Great timing, feel, that's just great to watch."

The Pirates now need perfection to reach mediocrity. They must win all of their final six games to finish with a winning 82-80 record. A 5-1 finish will get them to .500, at 81-81, and 4-2 or worse ensures a 20th consecutive losing season.

They begin that six-game push tonight at home, where they will finish the season, against the Cincinnati Reds, the playoff-bound leaders of the National League Central. The Reds have won nine of the 15 meetings this season.

A.J. Burnett, who is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA when facing the Reds this season, starts tonight. He is 8-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 home starts this season.

Andrew McCutchen left the game in the seventh after diving for a ball in center. He charged toward the infield and trapped Daniel Murphy's soft liner, then threw to second base for a forceout. …

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