April 29, 2008: Wright Singles in 11th

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Date: April 29, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 5
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa
Key player(s): Ryan Church, Jose Reyes, Endy Chavez, David Wright
Key play: Church’s home run, Reyes’ triple, Wright’s single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 46,982 fans on hand. David Wright hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.

Nate McLouth hit a home run against Mets’ starter Johan Santana to lead off the top of the first. Santana retired the next three batters to close out the inning and Jose Reyes singled to begin the bottom half. With Luis Castillo at bat, Reyes was caught stealing on catcher Ronny Paulino’s throw to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Castillo flied out to left fielder Jason Bay and a walk to Wright followed. Bucs’ starter Ian Snell then got Carlos Beltran to ground out to first baseman Adam LaRoche and finish off the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Bay homered for the Pirates’ second run with one out in the top of the fourth. Xavier Nady flied out to left fielder Endy Chavez and a strikeout of LaRoche ended the inning. Beltran drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Ryan Church followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Snell got Carlos Delgado to fly out to center fielder McLouth and retired Raul Casanova on an inning-ending ground ball to LaRoche. Santana then set down the side in order in the top of the fifth.

Chavez hit a single against Snell to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Santana went down on strikes and Reyes tripled to drive home Chavez. Castillo drew a walk and Wright reached on a fielder’s choice grounder (on which Freddy Sanchez made an error) to score Castillo for a 4-2 Mets lead. Beltran drew a walk that loaded the bases and Pittsburgh reliever Damaso Marte threw a called third strike past Church. Marte then fanned Delgado to close out the inning.

The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs against Santana in the top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired LaRoche on a pop-up to shortstop Reyes for the third out of the inning and Marte pitched a perfect bottom half. Jose Bautista singled off New York’s Aaron Heilman to begin the top of the seventh. Paulino drew a walk and pinch-hitter Nyger Morgan flied out to Chavez. Scott Schoeneweis came in to pitch for the Mets and got McLouth to hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Castillo on which Bautista moved to third base. With Chris Gomez at bat, catcher Casanova recovered quickly on a pitch that got past him. Casanova threw to Schoeneweis for an out at home on Bautista to finish off the inning. Pittsburgh reliever Tyler Yates then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Gomez hit a single against Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez to lead off the top of the eighth. Freddy Sanchez doubled and Bay went down on strikes. Nady drew a walk to load the bases and LaRoche walked to force home Gomez. Bautista hit a grounder on which third baseman Wright threw to Casanova for an out at home on Freddy Sanchez. Duaner Sanchez retired Paulino on a pop-up to Castillo that closed out the inning. Bucs’ reliever John Grabow then gave up only a single to Chavez in the bottom half.

With Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner on the mound in the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit reached on an error by Reyes to lead off the inning. A wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Brian Bixler to second base and McLouth was struck out. Gomez grounded out to Reyes to send Bixler to third. Freddy Sanchez hit a single that scored Bixler and tied the game at 4-4. Wagner fanned Bay for the final out of the inning and the Pirates’ Franquelis Osoria pitched a scoreless bottom half. Wagner yielded just a double to LaRoche in the top of the 10th. Osoria then set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jorge Sosa hurled a scoreless top of the 11th. Chavez singled against Pittsburgh’s John Van Benschoten to begin the bottom half. Chavez moved to second base on a balk and to third on Marlon Anderson’s sacrifice bunt. Reyes was walked intentionally and went to second on defensive indifference. Castillo drew a walk to load the bases and Wright came up to bat. David delivered a single to bring home Chavez with the winning run. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.