April 10, 2005: Martinez Two-Hits Braves

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Date: April 10, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 6
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd, David Wright
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Pedro Martinez hurled a two-hitter in a 6-1 Mets win.

Martinez held the Braves to a triple by Andruw Jones over the first three innings of the game. Meanwhile, Atlanta starter John Smoltz recorded seven strikeouts in pitching three-hit scoreless ball. Smoltz fanned two more batters in a perfect top of the fourth. Chipper Jones drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Andruw Jones went down on strikes and Johnny Estrada doubled to drive home Chipper Jones for a 1-0 Braves lead. Martinez then retired Adam LaRoche on a pop-up to second baseman Miguel Cairo to end the inning.

Martinez and Smoltz each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Pedro set down all nine Atlanta batters (five by strikeout) while Smoltz chalked up six more Ks to increase his game total to fifteen. Jose Reyes singled against Smoltz to lead off the top of the eighth. Cairo’s sacrifice bunt advanced Reyes to second base and Carlos Beltran homered to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Cliff Floyd followed with a home run against Braves’ reliever Tom Martin. Doug Mientkiewicz doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch by Atlanta’s Roman Colon. David Wright slugged a two-run homer for a 5-1 New York lead. Ramon Castro was struck out and Eric Valent drew a walk. Colon fanned Martinez for the inning’s third out. Pedro then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Reyes hit a double against Braves’ reliever Jorge Sosa to open the top of the ninth. Jose went to third base on Cairo’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ sixth run on a single by Beltran. Carlos stole second and Floyd was given an intentional walk. Mientkiewicz was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Langerhans, after which Beltran went to third. Sosa then struck out Wright to finish off the inning.

Rafael Furcal grounded out to first baseman Mientkiewicz to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pete Orr was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran. Martinez then got Chipper Jones to fly out to Beltran and bring the game to an end. The Mets had their first victory of the season on Pedro’s two-hit complete game.