April 22, 2005: Glavine Leads Four-Hitter Over Nats

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Date: April 22, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 3
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Floyd’s RBI groundout and home run

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. It was the Nats’ first visit to New York since their final game as the Montreal Expos the previous year. Tom Glavine and two relievers teamed up for a four-hitter in a 3-1 Mets win over Washington.

Glavine and the Nationals’ Esteban Loaiza each pitched two innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Tom gave up just a walk to Jose Vidro in the top of the third and a single by Kazuo Matsui opened the bottom half. Matsui advanced to third base on Carlos Beltran’s double and came home on Mike Piazza’s ground out to shortstop Cristian Guzman. Cliff Floyd grounded out to first baseman Nick Johnson to score Beltran from third for a 2-0 Mets lead. Doug Mientkiewicz singled and moved to second on Loaiza’s wild pitch. David Wright then hit a single on which left fielder J. J. Davis threw to catcher Brian Schneider for an out at home on Mientkiewicz that ended the inning.

Glavine hurled a perfect top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom of the inning and Tom set down the side in order again in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom half, Floyd homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Mientkiewicz went down on strikes and Wright grounded out to third baseman Vinny Castilla. Loaiza then retired Victor Diaz on a ground ball to second baseman Vidro for the inning’s third out.

Guzman hit a home run to begin the top of the sixth. Glavine set down the next three Washington batters to close out the inning and was retired by Nats’ reliever Joe Horgan on a grounder to Vidro to open the bottom half. Jose Reyes hit a single and Matsui followed with a force play ground ball to Guzman. Beltran reached on Castilla’s error that sent Matsui to third base. Washington’s Hector Carrasco then struck out Piazza for the final out of the inning.

Glavine retired the Nationals 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Washington’s Joey Eischen hurled a perfect bottom half and Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez hit Tony Blanco with a pitch to begin the top of the eighth. Brad Wilkerson doubled and Guzman grounded out to catcher Piazza. Hernandez struck out Vidro and retired Jose Guillen on an inning-ending foul pop-up to first baseman Mientkiewicz. Nats’ reliever Luis Ayala then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Johnson hit a double against Mets’ reliever Braden Looper to lead off the top of the ninth. Castilla flied out to right fielder Diaz and pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Matsui. Looper then got Schneider to ground out to Matsui and end the game. The Mets had a victory on a four-hitter comprised of three pitchers.