April 12, 2006: Martinez Leads Five-Hitter Over Nats

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Date: April 12, 2006
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 3
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Delgado’s double, Beltran’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Wednesday afternoon in Washington. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Pedro Martinez and two relievers combined on a five-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win.

Martinez and the Nats’ Tony Armas each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. David Wright hit a triple to lead off the top of the fourth. Cliff Floyd singled to drive home Wright and a fly ball by Xavier Nady was caught by left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Armas retired Anderson Hernandez and Martinez on infield ground balls to close out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Jose Vidro homered to tie the game at 1-1. Jose Guillen was retired on a grounder back to Martinez. Pedro then got Nick Johnson to ground out to second baseman Hernandez and end the inning.

Carlos Beltran got a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Carlos Delgado followed with a double to drive home Beltran and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Wright popped out to second baseman Vidro to finish off the inning and Martinez retired the side in order in the bottom half. Armas gave up just a double to Nady in the top of the sixth and Brian Schneider singled to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson drew a walk and a bunt single by Brandon Watson loaded the bases. Martinez then struck out Vidro and got Guillen to hit a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for an inning-ending double play.

Reyes doubled against Washington reliever Felix Rodriguez to begin the top of the seventh. Jose advanced to third base on Paul Lo Duca’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ third run on Beltran’s sacrifice fly. Rodriguez retired Delgado on a fly ball to right fielder Guillen for the inning’s third out and Martinez hurled a perfect bottom half. The Nationals’ Gary Majewski pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets’ Aaron Heilman then yielded only a single to Schneider in the bottom of the inning.

Majewski set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Guillen got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner in the bottom half. Johnson was retired on a ground ball to first baseman Delgado. Wagner then got Soriano to ground out to third baseman Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory on a five-hitter comprised of three pitchers.