April 27, 2009: Maine and Santos Lead Mets Past Fish

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Date: April 27, 2009
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 7
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, David Wright, Omir Santos
Key play: Wright’s single, Santos’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. John Maine pitched one-hit ball for six innings and Omir Santos hit the first grand slam at the new ballpark in a 7-1 Mets win over Florida.

Emilio Bonifacio reached on an error by left fielder Gary Sheffield to begin the top of the first. John Baker grounded out to second baseman Luis Castillo to advance Bonifacio to third base. Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Jorge Cantu hit a single to drive home Bonifacio. Maine then threw a called third strike past Dan Uggla and fanned Jeremy Hermida to end the inning.

Castillo drew a one-out walk against Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez in the bottom of the first. Carlos Beltran singled and a single by Sheffield brought home Castillo to tie the game. David Wright singled to score Beltran and put the Mets ahead by a run. Ryan Church was called out on strikes and Fernando Tatis walked to load the bases. Santos followed with a grand slam that extended the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Sanchez then got Maine to hit a ground ball to shortstop Alfredo Amezaga for the inning’s third out.

Maine and Sanchez each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the sixth. John held the Fish to three walks while the Mets were limited to four hits in being shut down by Sanchez. New York reliever Sean Green retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Florida’s Dan Meyer hurled a perfect bottom half and Bonifacio singled against the Mets’ J. J. Putz to open the top of the eighth. Baker grounded back to Putz and a walk to Ross Gload ensued. Cantu was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Church. Putz then got Uggla to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes to close out the inning.

Wright tripled against Fish reliever Renyel Pinto to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Church hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Wright with the Mets’ seventh run. Pinto retired Tatis on a fly ball to left fielder Hermida and got Santos on an inning-ending ground ball to Amezaga. Hermida drew a walk against the Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez to begin the top of the ninth. Cody Ross hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wright and a strikeout of Amezaga followed. Rodriguez then walked pinch-hitter Wes Helms and fanned Bonifacio to end the game. The Mets had a victory on a four-man two-hitter to start the series.