April 28, 2007: Four Runs in 12th Beat Nats

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Date: April 28, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 6
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Aaron Sele
Key player(s): Julio Franco, Carlos Beltran, David Wright
Key play: Franco’s single, Beltran’s double, Wright’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night in Washington. The teams played a three-hour and fifty-nine minute game that went into extra innings. In the 12th, the Mets scored four runs and came away with a 6-2 win.

Tom Glavine and the Nats’ Jerome Williams each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Williams held the Mets to a single by Carlos Beltran in the top of the sixth and singled with one out in the bottom half. Felipe Lopez followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes and came around to score on a double by Ronnie Belliard for a 1-0 Washington lead. Glavine then retired Ryan Zimmerman on a grounder to second baseman Damion Easley for the inning’s final out.

Williams issued a walk to David Wright to begin the top of the seventh. Nationals’ reliever Jesus Colome got Moises Alou to hit a ground ball to third baseman Zimmerman for a double play. Shawn Green singled and Easley reached on Zimmerman’s error that put Mets runners on second and third base. With pinch-hitter David Newhan at bat, a wild pitch scored Green and tied the game. Newhan grounded back to Colome to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Colome and Washington reliever Micah Bowie combined to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth. Jesus Flores singled against Heilman to begin the bottom of the inning. Flores went to second base on pinch-hitter D’Angelo Jimenez’s sacrifice bunt and to third after Lopez’s fly out to center fielder Beltran. Belliard doubled to bring home Flores and put the Nats ahead, 2-1. Zimmerman was hit by a pitch and Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis struck out Dmitri Young to finish off the inning.

Nationals’ reliever Chad Cordero walked Wright to begin the top of the ninth. Alou hit a double play grounder to shortstop Lopez and a single by Green ensued. Easley followed with an infield single and pinch-hitter Julio Franco singled to drive home pinch-runner Endy Chavez with the tying run. Cordero retired Reyes on an inning-ending line drive to first baseman Robert Fick. New York relievers Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Washington’s Jon Rauch set down the side in order in the top of the 10th inning. Feliciano and the Mets’ Aaron Sele hurled a scoreless bottom half. Nats’ reliever Saul Rivera pitched a perfect top of the 11th. Sele shut down the Nationals in the bottom of the inning and Easley hit a leadoff double against Rivera in the top of the 12th. Pinch-hitter Ramon Castro drew a walk and Reyes got a bunt single to load the bases. Washington reliever Ryan Wagner got Paul Lo Duca to hit a ground ball on which Lopez threw to catcher Flores for an out at home on Easley. An ensuing double by Beltran brought home Castro and Reyes to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Carlos Delgado was walked intentionally to reload the bases and Wright hit a single that plated Lo Duca and Beltran with the fifth and sixth New York runs. Alou was retired on a line drive to Lopez, who then threw to second baseman Belliard for an out on Delgado to complete an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner threw a called third strike past Fick to open the bottom of the 12th. Lopez grounded out to Reyes and a single by Belliard followed. Zimmerman singled to advance Belliard to third base and went to second on defensive indifference. Billy Wagner then fanned pinch-hitter Brian Schneider to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.