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Elias Says ...

8/3/2005

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

Major League Baseball
• The Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the Brewers on Tuesday. That snapped a streak of 146 losses in games in which the Mets trailed by four or more runs, the longest such streak in National League history.

The major-league record of 178 losses was set by the Washington Senators from 1906 to 1910. The Senators' streak ended in the 1911 season opener, when they overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Red Sox and their ace, Smoky Joe Wood, 8-5. President William H. Taft threw out the first ball that day, just a year after he inaugurated the custom.

Mike Piazza drove in the winning run for the Mets with a pinch-hit walk on four pitches by Julio Santana. It was the third time this season that a game ended on a four-pitch walk -- one more than occurred during the four previous seasons combined. The others were by Xavier Nady off Rick White (April 7) and Andruw Jones off Luis Ayala (July 26).