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(AP Photo/Ed Betz)

In stark contrast to their crosstown rivals, the Mets continue to find new ways to win.

Last night, the Amazin’s took on Giants’ 22-year-old phenom Tim Lincecum, clawing their way to 3 runs as the pitcher held the team to just 3 hits through 7 innings while striking out eight. Lincecum was matched by Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who – in his 4th straight solid outing – likewise struck out 8, allowing 5 hits, and 3 solo homers.

The teams remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the 12th when the Giants took the lead in the top of the inning. Enter Armando Benitez.

The trouble began for Blow-nitez when he walked sparkplug Jose Reyes to lead off the inning. For an encore, the pitcher committed a balk to advance the runner to second base, allowing Endy Chavez to then sacrifice Reyes over to third. At that point, it seemed a veritable certainty that Carlos Beltran would deliver against the rattled former-Met, however Benitez shocked everyone in the building by rallying to retire Beltran on a ground ball out.

But just when it seemed the 2007 edition of the Miracle Mets were running out of pixie dust, Benitez committed his second balk of the inning, flinching in surprise as Reyes faked down the line with Carlos Delgado at the plate. The balk tied the game, and Delgado promptly untied it, depositing a 2-2 fastball over the rightfield fence and sending the Giants’ closer to the showers.

It likely will be overshadowed by Benitez’s meltdown, but the highlight of the game just might be the reemergence of Carlos Delgado. The veteran first baseman’s game-winning home run was his second blast of the game. A week ago, we questioned whether manager Willie Randolph would consider dropping the struggling slugger in the order. As it turned out, Randolph dropped Delgado to sixth in the order that very night in Atlanta. Delgado went 2-for-4 and hasn’t looked back since. In the six ensuing contests, Delgado raised his average 20 points, going 11-for-25. He has four homers and nine RBIs in his last 3 games. As broadcaster Gary Cohen stated last night, the monster is out of the cage.

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