April 29, 2007: Maine and Beltran Put Away Nationals

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Date: April 29, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 1
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Beltran’s home run

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Sunday afternoon in Washington. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. John Maine hurled seven shutout innings and Carlos Beltran hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets win over the Nats.

Maine and Nationals’ starter Jason Bergmann each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. With one out in the top of the sixth, Beltran homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Bergmann got Moises Alou to pop out to shortstop Felipe Lopez and got Shawn Green on a grounder to second baseman Ronnie Belliard to end the inning. Maine gave up only a single to Belliard in the bottom half and Bergmann set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Austin Kearns doubled to open the bottom of the inning. Ryan Church drew a walk and Jesus Flores bunted to first baseman Julio Franco for a force play. Maine then struck out both Chris Snelling and pinch-hitter Robert Fick to end the inning.

Washington reliever Micah Bowie surrendered only a walk to David Wright in the top of the eighth. Lopez and Belliard got back-to-back singles against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman to begin the bottom half. Ryan Zimmerman was struck out and Dmitri Young flied out to right fielder Green. Kearns drew a walk to load the bases and New York’s Scott Schoeneweis retired Church on an inning-ending ground ball to Franco. The Nats’ Jesus Colome then yielded just a single to Green in the top of the ninth.

Flores singled against Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Josh Wilson went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Michael Restovich popped out to third baseman Wright. Wagner then got Lopez to line out to right fielder Endy Chavez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing shutout victory.