April 18, 2007: Mets Rout Marlins in Three-Hitter

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Date: April 18, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 9
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Jose Valentin
Key play: Beltran’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Florida. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. John Maine and two relievers teamed up for a three-hitter in a 9-2 Mets win over the Fish.

Jose Reyes singled against Marlins’ starter Dontrelle Willis to lead off the top of the first inning. Paul Lo Duca reached on third baseman Miguel Cabrera’s error and a single by Carlos Beltran drove home Reyes. Carlos Delgado doubled to score Lo Duca and send Beltran to third base. David Wright reached on an error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to bring home Beltran and a single by Moises Alou plated Delgado for a 4-0 Mets lead. Willis struck out Shawn Green and got Jose Valentin to hit a force play ground ball to Cabrera. Maine drew a walk to load the bases and Reyes hit a force play grounder to Cabrera for the third out. Maine then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Lo Duca was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the fourth. Beltran followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Delgado grounded out to second baseman Dan Uggla and a single by Wright ensued. Willis fanned both Alou and Green for the inning’s final outs and Maine surrendered only a walk to Mike Jacobs in the bottom half. Valentin got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Maine went down on strikes and Reyes doubled to drive home Valentin. On his own hit, Jose went to third base via a throw. A passed ball by catcher Matt Treanor allowed Reyes to score and extend the New York lead to eight runs. Willis got Lo Duca to ground out to Cabrera and retired Beltran on an inning-ending pop-up to Treanor. Maine then held the Fish to a walk to Joe Borchard in the bottom half.

Alou and Green got back-to-back singles against Florida reliever Matt Lindstrom with two outs in the top of the sixth. Lindstrom retired Valentin on a fly ball to right fielder Borchard to end the inning and Maine hurled a scoreless bottom half. The Marlins’ Lee Gardner yielded only a double to Reyes in the top of the seventh and Cabrera singled to open the bottom of the inning. Jacobs was called out on strikes and Josh Willingham hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Delgado. Borchard homered to reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Maine then got Alfredo Amezaga to ground out to second baseman Valentin and end the inning.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter David Newhan singled and advanced to third base on a single by Green. Valentin hit a single to bring home Newhan with the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Gardner retired pinch-hitter Endy Chavez on a ground ball to first baseman Jacobs for the inning’s final out and New York reliever Aaron Sele gave up only a double to Ramirez in the bottom half. Florida’s Randy Messenger pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and the Mets’ Aaron Heilman got Aaron Boone on a pop-up to Valentin to start the bottom half. Jacobs flied out to center fielder Beltran. Heilman then retired Willingham on a fly ball to right fielder Green to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an easy victory.