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Mets 6, Giants 5, 10 innings

September 2, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ It was a first for John Franco, but he wasn’t proud of it.

Franco, ejected for arguing after letting San Francisco take the lead, picked up a win Sunday when the New York Mets rallied for two runs in the 10th inning to beat the Giants 6-5.

``No question I’m an emotional person,″ Franco said. ``It was unfortunate but sometimes you need to do it. Who knows, maybe I jump-started our guys. They battled back just as they’d been doing all season.″

Franco was tossed by home plate umpire Larry Poncino after giving up an RBI double to Rich Wilkins. Franco thought he had struck out Wilkins on a 1-2 pitch, and let Poncino know it. After exchanging words with the umpire, Franco then gave up Wilkins’ double on the next pitch.

``Usually I don’t get on umpires, but I couldn’t let him get away with that call on Wilkins,″ Franco said. ``I motioned, asking where it was and he cursed at me and said it was outside. That showed an attitude on his part right then and there,″ Franco explained.

Franco retired the Giants and continued to argue with Poncino and was ejected. Before leaving the dugout, the left-hander, who had two losses and a blown save in his last three outings, tossed a water cooler onto the field.

``When I was walking off the mound I told Poncino not too look at me. He kept doing it and I went back at him, and he threw me out. Then I got my money’s worth. There were a lot of bleeps thrown around by both of us.″

This was the second time Franco had been ejected this season. He was also tossed May 11 on John Franco Day when the Chicago Cubs and Mets got into a bench-clearing brawl. On Sunday, the Mets honored another one of their former players.

``I guess I set some kind of a record,″ Franco said. ``I get thrown out on my day and Mookie Wilson Day,′ said Franco.

``I’m usually good with umpire’s, but today I just lost my head. Todd (Hundley) was on the verge of getting thrown out, but we couldn’t afford to lose him because we don’t have as many catchers. I know I’m going to get fined, but I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth.″

Jim Poole walked pinch-hitter Tim Bogar to open the 10th, and one out later, Rod Beck (0-7) gave up a game-tying RBI double to pinch-hitter Andy Tomberlin.

After Rey Ordonez was intentionally walked, Carl Everett hit a grounder to second baseman Steve Scarsone, whose one-hop throw to the plate was too late to get the sliding Tomberlin.

Beck felt that Tomberlin’s pinch-double was the key to the inning.

``He hit a decent pitch,″ said Beck, who had earned saves in his previous 10 outings, ``He did a good job of hitting, really. I threw a split-finger, it was down and he went with it. That’s my fault and that doesn’t bother me.″

Notes: Lance Johnson, who normally wears No. 1, wore 51 as the Mets in deference to Wilson who was inducted into the Mets’ Hall of Fame on Sunday. Wilson wore No. 1 for the Mets from 1981-89. ... New York is now 6-6 in extra-inning games. ... Johnson, who had his second consecutive three-hit game, leads the majors with 18 triples. Willie Mays was the last NL player with 20 triples, accomplishing the feat in 1957. Willie Wilson had 21 for Kansas City in 1985. ... San Francisco’s Doug Mirabelli doubled in the seventh for his first major-league hit.

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