Pittsburgh Pirates defeat New York Mets, 8-5

PITTSBURGH - Add Gary Sheffield to the list of hobbled Mets.

Sheffield moved gingerly going from first to third on Jeremy Reed's third-inning double, then labored going after Adam LaRoche's double to right-center off Pedro Feliciano in the eighth. He acknowledged afterward that he's been dealing with discomfort behind his right knee.

Sheffield pledged to fight through the trouble by being smart about exerting himself. He noted he still stole second base in the 11th i...

PITTSBURGH - J.J. Putz thought he remedied his rut with an afternoon session with coaches Dan Warthen and Randy Niemann in the visitors' bullpen at PNC Park. The optimism proved unwarranted.

Inheriting a two-run lead and a runner from Pedro Feliciano in the eighth with one out, Putz surrendered four straight singles to cough up the lead. He then issued an intentional walk and was pulled by Jerry Manuel without recording an out. The Mets lost to the Pirates, 8-5, after s...