April 17, 2006: Nady and Delgado Bury Braves

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Date: April 17, 2006
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 4
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Xavier Nady, Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca
Key play: Delgado’a home run, Nady’s homer and RBI single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Xavier Nady and Carlos Delgado drove in two runs each in a 4-3 Mets win over Atlanta.

Marcus Giles drew a one-out walk against Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez in the top of the first inning. Giles advanced to third base on Ryan Langerhans’ single and came home on a sacrifice fly by Andruw Jones. Adam LaRoche went down on strikes to end the inning and the Braves’ Jorge Sosa pitched a scoreless bottom half. Martinez set down the side in order in the top of the second and Nady homered with one out in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Sosa then got Endy Chavez to ground out to first baseman LaRoche and retired Anderson Hernandez on a fly ball to center fielder Jones to close out the inning.

Giles doubled with two outs in the top of the third. Langerhans followed with a single to bring home Giles for a 2-1 Atlanta lead. Jones hit a force play ground ball to third baseman David Wright for the inning’s third out and Paul Lo Duca hit a two-out double in the bottom half. Delgado slugged a homer to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Wright flied out to left fielder Langerhans for the third out of the inning and Martinez hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. To begin the bottom half, Cliff Floyd hit a double and scored the fourth New York run on a single by Nady. Xavier went to second base on Chavez’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Hernandez’s ground out to second baseman Giles. Sosa then got Martinez to pop out to LaRoche and finish off the inning.

Martinez pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Jose Reyes drew a walk against Sosa to lead off the bottom half. Lo Duca singled and Braves’ reliever Chuck James struck out Delgado. Wright hit a force play grounder to shortstop Wilson Betemit and a fly ball by Jose Valentin was caught by right fielder Jeff Francoeur to close out the inning. Jones homered to lead off the top of the sixth. Martinez fanned both LaRoche and Francoeur before retiring Brian McCann on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Chavez. James then yielded only a single to Nady in the bottom half.

Martinez and Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Atlanta’s Lance Cormier surrendered just a walk to Delgado in the bottom of the inning and Sanchez retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Cormier hurled a perfect bottom half and New York’s Billy Wagner retired Francoeur on a line drive to Chavez to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Matt Diaz was hit by a pitch and Betemit went down on strikes. Wagner then fanned pinch-hitter Todd Pratt for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the series.