April 21, 2005: Seven-Run 2nd Drowns Fish

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Date: April 21, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 10
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Doug Mientkiewicz, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez
Key play: Mientkiewicz’s grand slam, Beltran’s sacrifice fly and home run

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night in Miami. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. The Mets scored seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 10-1 win over Florida.

Marlins’ starter Al Leiter pitched a perfect top of the first. Juan Pierre hit a double against the Mets’ Pedro Martinez to lead off the bottom half. Pierre advanced to third base on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Carlos Delgado’s ground out to second baseman Kazuo Matsui for a 1-0 Florida lead. Martinez then struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the inning.

Cliff Floyd drew a walk to open the top of the second. David Wright walked and Ramon Castro got a bunt single to load the bases. Doug Mientkiewicz followed with a grand slam to put the Mets ahead, 4-1. Victor Diaz drew a walk and moved to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. Jose Reyes singled to drive home Diaz and a single by Matsui ensued. Carlos Beltran hit a sacrifice fly to plate Reyes from third. Floyd singled to bring home Matsui with the Mets’ seventh run of the inning. Cliff stole second and Leiter retired Wright on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Mike Lowell. Martinez then held the Fish to a single by Paul Lo Duca in the bottom half.

Mientkiewicz and Diaz drew back-to-back walks with one out in the top of the third. Martinez followed with a bunt on which Leiter threw to Lowell for an out on Mientkiewicz. Reyes singled to drive home Diaz and increase the Mets’ lead to 8-1. Matsui was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Leiter retired Beltran on a pop-up to first baseman Delgado for the inning’s third out. Martinez then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Florida reliever John Riedling hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Martinez retired all three Marlins batters in the bottom of the inning and Matsui drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth. Beltran homered for the Mets’ ninth and tenth runs of the game. Riedling got Floyd on a fly ball to right fielder Juan Encarnacion to close out the inning. Martinez set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Florida’s Antonio Alfonseca pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Martinez retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning and Diaz drew a walk against the Marlins’ Matt Perisho (charged to Alfonseca) to begin the top of the seventh. Martinez hit a ground ball to second baseman Castillo for a double play and Perisho retired Reyes on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Pierre. Lenny Harris got an infield single to lead off the bottom half. Jeff Conine grounded out to third baseman Wright and a strikeout of Chris Aguila followed. Harris moved to third base on a wild pitch. Martinez then threw a called third strike past Lowell to finish off the inning.

Chris Woodward and pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo got consecutive singles against Marlins’ reliever Jim Mecir with one out in the top of the eighth. Wright hit a double play grounder to Castillo that ended the inning and pinch-hitter Matt Treanor got a one-out single against the Mets’ Mike DeJean in the bottom half. DeJean struck out Damion Easley and retired Pierre on a ground ball back to the mound for the final out of the inning. For the Fish, reliever Guillermo Mota hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Harris singled against Mets’ reliever Heath Bell with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Conine hit a single and Aguila was called out on strikes. Bell then got Lowell on a force play grounder to third baseman Cairo to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory to close out the two-game set.