April 13, 2005: Reyes' Single Beats Astros in 11th

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Date: April 13, 2005
Mets starter: Kazuhisa Ishii
Mets: 1
Astros: 0
Winning pitcher: Mike DeJean
Key player(s): Kazuhisa Ishii, Roger Clemens, Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes’ single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night. The teams played the second of three-games in a series at Shea Stadium. In the 11th inning, Jose Reyes hit a single to drive in the game’s only run for a 1-0 Mets win over Houston.

Kazuhisa Ishii and the Astros’ Roger Clemens each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the seventh. Ishii yielded a single to Jeff Bagwell and a double to Craig Biggio while walking three batters and striking out five. Meanwhile, the Mets were limited to singles by Carlos Beltran and Kazuo Matsui as Clemens recorded nine strikeouts and issued a walk to Mike Piazza. Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Houston’s Chad Qualls gave up only a single to pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson in the bottom half. For New York, Braden Looper set down three straight Houston batters after hitting Biggio with a pitch in the top of the ninth. Qualls then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro drew a one-out walk in the top of the 10th. Willy Taveras hit a single and pinch-hitter Mike Lamb grounded back to Looper to advance the runners to second and third base. Adam Everett walked to load the bases and Looper struck out Luke Scott to finish off the inning. Astros’ relievers John Franco and Dan Wheeler combined for a perfect bottom half. For the Mets, Mike DeJean gave up only a double to Jason Lane in a scoreless top of the 11th.

Wheeler issued a walk to Victor Diaz to begin the bottom of the 11th inning. Chris Woodward’s sacrifice bunt moved Diaz to second base. Reyes then delivered a single to score Diaz and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.