April 22, 2010: Four Runs in 6th Beat Cubs
|Date: April 22, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Johan Santana|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright, Ike Davis|
|Key play: Wright’s double, Fontenot’s error|
The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the sixth inning and defeated Chicago, 5-2.
Johan Santana and the Cubs’ Tom Gorzelanny each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Derrek Lee hit a single to lead off the top of the sixth. Santana struck out the next three batters to end the inning and Jose Reyes drew a walk to open the bottom half. Reyes advanced to second base on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double by David Wright. Jason Bay flied out to center fielder Marlon Byrd and a single by Jeff Francoeur brought home Wright. Ike Davis singled and Gorzelanny was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever James Russell. Rod Barajas drew a walk to load the bases and Angel Pagan reached on second baseman Mike Fontenot’s error that allowed Francoeur and Davis to come home for a 4-0 Mets lead. Russell then threw a called third strike past Santana to close out the inning.
Against Santana, Geovany Soto singled and advanced to second base on an error by right fielder Francoeur to begin the top of the seventh. Soto moved to third base on Fontenot’s ground out to second baseman Castillo and scored the Cubs’ first run on a single by pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome. Ryan Theriot followed with a single against Mets’ reliever Fernando Nieve. New York’s Pedro Feliciano got pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez on a force play grounder to shortstop Reyes and retired Lee on an inning-ending fly ball to Francoeur. Chicago reliever Jeff Gray then yielded only a single to Reyes in the bottom half.
Byrd singled against Feliciano to lead off the top of the eighth. Xavier Nady flied out to center fielder Pagan and a walk to Alfonso Soriano followed. Soto walked against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to load the bases. Against New York’s Francisco Rodriguez, Fontenot hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Byrd and cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Rodriguez threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to finish off the inning and Davis got a two-out double against the Cubs’ Justin Berg in the bottom half. Barajas singled to bring home Davis with the fifth New York run of the game. On his own hit, Barajas was out at second base via a relay throw by catcher Soto to Fontenot to end the inning.
Rodriguez struck out Theriot to begin the top of the ninth. Ramirez also went down on strikes. Francisco then retired Lee on a fly ball to Francoeur for the game’s final out. The Mets had a series-closing victory.