April 21, 2007: Eleven Hits Bury Braves

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Date: April 21, 2007
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 7
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Ramon Castro, Damion Easley
Key play: Beltran’s RBI single, Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets collected eleven hits in a 7-2 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Oliver Perez gave up only a double to Chipper Jones in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes got a bunt single against the Braves’ Chuck James to lead off the bottom half. On his own hit, Reyes advanced to second base via an error by James. Reyes moved to third base after David Wright’s fly out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur and came home on Carlos Beltran’s single for a 1-0 Mets lead. Carlos Delgado hit a double and Moises Alou was walked intentionally to load the bases. James then got Ramon Castro to pop out to second baseman Kelly Johnson and retired Shawn Green on a fly ball to Francoeur to end the inning.

Perez set down the side in order in the top of the second. James yielded just a single to Perez in the bottom half and Oliver hurled a perfect top of the third. Beltran doubled to open the bottom of the inning. Carlos went to third base after Delgado’s fly out to Francoeur and scored on Alou’s sacrifice fly. Castro drew a walk and Green grounded out to first baseman Craig Wilson to finish off the inning. Perez held the Braves to a single by Andruw Jones in the top of the fourth. James then gave up only a double to Reyes in the bottom half.

Perez yielded just a double to Brian McCann in the top of the fifth. Beltran got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Delgado lined out to left fielder Matt Diaz and a pop-up by Alou was caught by Wilson. Castro followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Green popped out to third baseman Chipper Jones to finish off the inning and Edgar Renteria singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Chipper Jones hit a single and moved to third base on Andruw Jones’ double that drove home Renteria. Perez then got Francoeur to pop out to catcher Castro and retired McCann on a grounder to second baseman Damion Easley for the inning’s third out.

Easley homered against James to begin the bottom of the sixth. Perez went down on strikes and a home run by Reyes followed. Wright drew a walk against Atlanta reliever Tyler Yates. Beltran tripled for the Mets’ eleventh hit, driving home Wright for a 7-1 New York lead. Delgado was given an intentional walk and Alou flied out to Francoeur. Yates then retired Castro on a line drive to center fielder Andruw Jones to close out the inning.

Wilson got a one-out double against Perez in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Chris Woodward singled to bring home Wilson with the Braves’ second run of the game. Johnson was struck out and Renteria doubled. Chipper Jones drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis to load the bases and New York’s Joe Smith fanned Andruw Jones for the final out of the inning. Atlanta’s Peter Moylan then surrendered only a walk to pinch-hitter David Newhan in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman gave up only a double to McCann in the top of the eighth. Moylan set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half and New York’s Billy Wagner retired pinch-hitter Brayan Pena on a grounder to third baseman Wright to begin the top of the ninth. Johnson drew a walk and Wagner got Renteria to hit a grounder to shortstop Reyes for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a solid victory.