April 19, 2004: Yates' First Major League Win

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Date: April 19, 2004
Mets starter: Tyler Yates
Mets: 4
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Tyler Yates
Key player(s): Tyler Yates, Ty Wigginton, Ricky Gutierrez
Key play: Gutierrez's double

The Mets and Expos began a three-game series on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. It was a game in which the Mets had eight hits, five of them for extra bases. They came away with a 4-1 victory as Tyler Yates recorded his first major league win.

Yates and Montreal starter Tomo Ohka each pitched a perfect first inning. Tyler shut down the Expos again in the second, allowing only a walk to Brad Wilkerson. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the inning on Ty Wigginton's sacrifice fly that scored Mike Piazza and a double by Ricky Gutierrez on which Mike Cameron came home.

In the third and fourth innings, Yates gave up singles to Ohka and Tony Batista while keeping Montreal scoreless. Meanwhile, the Mets increased their lead on home runs by Karim Garcia and Wigginton to lead off each inning. The Expos got a run against Yates in the top of the fifth. The Mets then loaded the bases in the bottom half, but came up empty when reliever Sun-Woo Kim got Wigginton to hit into an inning-ending double play.

After a pair of Montreal singles with two outs in the sixth, Yates was replaced by John Franco. The Mets' reliever got Brian Schneider to ground out and end the inning. Kim shut down the Mets by retiring the side in order in the bottom half. Mike Stanton then pitched two scoreless innings, holding the Expos to singles by Jose Vidro and Wilkerson.

Montreal loaded the bases with three two-out singles against Braden Looper in the top of the ninth inning. Looper then got Batista to hit into a force play and end the game. The Mets had a win to start the series and Yates had the first victory of his major league career.