April 13, 2006: Mets Wallop Nats for Three-Game Sweep

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Date: April 13, 2006
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 13
Nationals: 4
Winning pitcher: Victor Zambrano
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Cliff Floyd, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Mets’ home runs in 1st

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Thursday afternoon in Washington. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. A trio of home runs in the first inning propelled the Mets to a 13-4 win and a series sweep.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Carlos Beltran homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Carlos Delgado hit a single and David Wright followed with a two-run homer. Cliff Floyd slugged the Mets’ third home run of the inning to extend the New York lead to 4-0. Nats’ starter Livan Hernandez retired Xavier Nady on a ground ball to second baseman Jose Vidro for the inning’s third out. For the Mets, Victor Zambrano pitched a perfect bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, Beltran drew a one-out walk in the top of the third. Delgado homered to increase the Mets’ lead to six runs and Wright singled to left field. Floyd went down on strikes and Nady hit a force play grounder to shortstop Damian Jackson to close out the inning. Zambrano hurled a scoreless bottom half and Hernandez gave up only a double to Ramon Castro in the top of the fourth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Vidro drew a walk. Jose Guillen flied out to center fielder Beltran and a double by Nick Johnson advanced Vidro to third base. Ryan Zimmerman singled to bring home Vidro and Johnson with the first two Washington runs of the game. Brian Schneider walked and Jackson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Nady. Zambrano then got Hernandez to ground out to second baseman Chris Woodward and end the inning.

Delgado singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Wright field out to right fielder Guillen and a double by Floyd brought home Delgado. Nady followed with a grounder on which third baseman Zimmerman tagged Floyd for the final out of the inning and Marlon Byrd drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Vidro hit a single and Guillen singled to score Byrd. Zambrano threw a called third strike past Zimmerman for the third out and Castro reached on an error by first baseman Johnson to lead off the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jose Valentin was retired on a pop-up to Jackson. Jose Reyes hit a force play ground ball to Vidro and stole second. Woodward singled to plate Reyes for an 8-3 Mets lead and Hernandez retired Beltran on an inning-ending grounder to Jackson. New York reliever Darren Oliver then struck out all three batters in the bottom half.

Wright singled against Nationals’ reliever Joey Eischen with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Floyd was struck out and Nady hit a single to center field. Castro was given an intentional walk that loaded the bases. Oliver followed with a single to drive home Wright and Nady. Reyes doubled to score Castro and extend the Mets’ lead to 11-3. Woodward hit a single that plated Oliver and Reyes with the twelfth and thirteenth New York runs. Beltran drew a walk and Eischen retired Delgado on a grounder to Vidro to finish off the inning. Oliver then set down the Nats 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Washington reliever Jon Rauch pitched a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Johnson hit a solo home run against the Mets’ Jorge Julio. Zimmerman went down on strikes and Matt LeCroy doubled to left field. Julio fanned Jackson for the inning’s final out. Rauch then set down all three New York hitters in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez retired pinch-hitter Daryle Ward on a fly ball to left fielder Victor Diaz to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Alfonso Soriano flied out to center fielder Endy Chavez and an error by shortstop Reyes allowed Byrd to reach base. Sanchez then got Marlon Anderson to ground out to Reyes and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.