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NY Mets 2, Colorado 1, 12 innings

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two backups came up big for the New York Mets, one with a long drive and the other with a deft bunt.

Pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a tying homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Endy Chavez drove in the winning run with a beautiful bunt single in the 12th, giving New York a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Colorado Rockies.

"This team is designed to have a lot of depth," said Mets outfielder Shawn Green, who started the decisive rally. "We've got a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things, and tonight was a perfect example."

After Colorado's Aaron Cook matched zeros with Orlando Hernandez for seven innings, slumping rookie Troy Tulowitzki broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI triple in the 10th off Billy Wagner.

Rockies closer Brian Fuentes retired his first two batters in the bottom half and was one strike from his fifth save when Easley drove a 2-2 pitch over the left-center fence for his fourth career pinch-hit homer. It was the first home run by a Mets pinch-hitter this season.

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"He popped that ball," winning pitcher Joe Smith said. "Everybody in the bullpen went nuts."

Green drew a leadoff walk from Ryan Speier (0-1) in the 12th, advanced on Jose Valentin's sacrifice and moved to third on a balk when Speier stopped in the middle of his delivery.

"My foot just kind of slid from underneath me. It was either hold onto the ball or throw it away," Speier said.

After pinch-hitter David Newhan struck out and Jose Reyes was intentionally walked, Chavez dragged a perfect bunt to the right side on a pitch that was boring in on his shins. A desperate Speier tried in vain to shovel the ball to first, but the speedy Chavez beat it out easily and raised his arms as he crossed the bag.

"I knew the game was over," Chavez said. "After the first pitch I was watching the infielders. I saw that the first baseman and second baseman were playing back there, so I said I'm going to take a chance."

The crowd of 38,500 chanted "Endy Chavez! Endy Chavez!" for the reserve outfielder, a fan favorite especially after his incredible catch in Game 7 of the NL championship series last year.

"It's a great feeling," Chavez said.

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Endy Chavez is always a johnny on the spot. the guy is clutch. Hopefully this win will carry over...Pelfrey pitching is not a sure W. Once Pelfrey relaxes...we will see him be cool like Maine!

THE MAINE MAN!

Mets have given up fewest runs in Baseball!

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