April 12, 2007: Reyes' Single Lifts Mets Over Phils

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Date: April 12, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Moises Alou
Key play: Reyes’ two-run single

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Jose Reyes hit a two-run single that put the Mets ahead to stay in a 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

Jimmie Rollins homered against Mets’ starter Tom Glavine to lead off the top of the first inning. Shane Victorino drew a walk and Chase Utley flied out to right fielder Shawn Green. With Ryan Howard at bat, Victorino was caught stealing second base on catcher Paul Lo Duca’s throw to shortstop Reyes. Howard and Pat Burrell followed with back-to-back walks. Glavine then struck out Wes Helms to end the inning.

Reyes and Lo Duca began the bottom of the first with consecutive singles against Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer. Carlos Beltran hit a single to drive home Reyes and tie the game at 1-1. Carlos Delgado went down on strikes and David Wright hit a ground ball to third baseman Helms for an inning-ending double play. Aaron Rowand singled to open the top of the second. Carlos Ruiz grounded out to third baseman Wright and a strikeout of Moyer ensued. Rollins slugged his second homer of the game to put the Phillies ahead, 3-1. Glavine then retired Victorino on a grounder to Wright for the inning’s final out.

Moises Alou got a leadoff single in the bottom of the second. Green was hit by a pitch and Damion Easley flied out to right fielder Victorino. Glavine reached on an error by Helms that allowed Alou to come home with the Mets’ second run. Reyes flied out to center fielder Rowand and a called third strike was thrown past Lo Duca to finish off the inning. Glavine set down the Phils in order in the top of the third. Moyer then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Glavine gave up just a single to Helms in the top of the fourth. Alou hit a double to open the bottom of the inning. Green popped out to shortstop Rollins and a walk to Easley followed. Glavine’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Reyes singled to bring home both Alou and Easley for a 4-3 Mets lead. Moyer then got Lo Duca to pop out to Rollins and end the inning.

Glavine and Moyer each pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Helms singled against Mets’ reliever Joe Smith to begin the top of the seventh. Smith threw a called third strike past Rowand and got Ruiz to hit a grounder to second baseman Easley for a double play that closed out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Wright tripled against Philadelphia reliever Clay Condrey. Alou hit a single to score Wright with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Condrey got Green to ground out to first baseman Howard and retired Easley on an inning-ending fly ball to Victorino. New York’s Scott Schoeneweis pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. For the Phillies, reliever Ryan Madson hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Utley on a line drive to left fielder Alou to begin the top of the ninth. Howard hit a double and Burrell flied out to Alou. A wild pitch advanced Howard to third base. Wagner then got Helms to ground out to Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.