April 11, 2004: Three Runs in 6th Dump Expos

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Date: April 11, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Eric Valent, Todd Zeile, Tom Glavine
Key play: Zeile’s sacrifice fly, Valent’s home run

The Mets faced the Montreal Expos on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the finale of a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Three runs in the sixth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-1 win.

Tom Glavine and the Expos’ Livan Hernandez each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Hernandez shut down the Mets again in the top of the third and Peter Bergeron got a bunt single to lead off the bottom half. On his own hit, Bergeron moved to second base via an error by Glavine. Jamey Carroll grounded out to first baseman Mike Piazza to advance Bergeron to third. A sacrifice fly by Jose Vidro brought home Bergeron for a 1-0 Montreal lead. Glavine then retired Orlando Cabrera on a ground ball to shortstop Kazuo Matsui to close out the inning.

Hernandez and Glavine each hurled scoreless fourth and fifth innings. To begin the top of the sixth, Glavine singled and went to third base on a double by Matsui. Todd Zeile followed with a sacrifice fly to score Glavine and tie the game. Eric Valent slugged a two-run homer to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Piazza popped out to second baseman Vidro and a single by Mike Cameron ensued. Hernandez retired Jason Phillips on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Brad Wilkerson. Glavine then set down the Expos in order in the bottom half.

Glavine drew a two-out walk in the top of the seventh. Matsui singled and Hernandez retired Zeile on a grounder to Cabrera that ended the inning. Glavine gave up just a single to Wilkerson in the bottom half and Montreal reliever Chad Bentz pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Vidro singled and Cabrera walked against the Mets’ David Weathers. New York’s Mike Stanton then got Carl Everett on a fly ball to center fielder Cameron for the inning’s third out.

Against Expos’ reliever Jeremy Fikac, Phillips reached second base on an error by third baseman Carroll to open the top of the ninth. A sacrifice bunt by Shane Spencer advanced pinch-runner Karim Garcia to third and Ricky Gutierrez was retired on a ground ball to Carroll. Ty Wigginton singled to bring home Garcia with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Fikac then got Matsui to line out to Cabrera and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper retired Wilkerson on a grounder to second baseman Gutierrez to start the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ron Calloway went down on strikes. Looper then fanned Brian Schneider to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to conclude the weekend series in San Juan.