April 3, 2006: Mets Defeat Nationals in Opener

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Date: April 3, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 3
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Xavier Nady, David Wright
Key play: Nady's double, Wright's homer, Soriano called out at home

The Mets faced the Nationals on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 54,731 came out on a cloudy afternoon for the start of a new season. The Mets began the year with a 3-2 win.

Tom Glavine started the game with three scoreless innings. He walked two batters in the second and gave up a third inning single to Livan Hernandez, but no Washington runs. The Mets took a 1-0 lead on Paul Lo Duca's single that brought home Xavier Nady in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, the Nationals loaded the bases with none out against Glavine. Royce Clayton hit a sacrifice fly to score Nick Johnson with the tying run. In the bottom half, Nady hit a two-out double off Hernandez to bring home Cliff Floyd and put the Mets ahead, 2-1.

Washington had runners at second and third base with one out in the fifth. Glavine then got called third strikes on both Johnson and Alfonso Soriano to end the inning. The Mets increased their lead to 3-1 on David Wright's home run leading off the bottom of the sixth.

The Nationals got a run with three consecutive singles against reliever Aaron Heilman in the top of the seventh. In the eighth, Soriano led off with a single and Ryan Zimmerman followed with a double to left field. On Zimmerman's hit, Floyd retrieved the ball and threw it to shortstop Jose Reyes. Trying to score from first, Soriano was out at the plate on Reyes' throw to catcher Lo Duca. Umpire Rick Reed made the "out" call, even though the ball was on the ground when Lo Duca made the tag. Heilman retired the next two hitters for the final outs.

Billy Wagner set down the first two Washington hitters in the top of the ninth. Jose Vidro followed with a single, but was out at second on a throw by center fielder Carlos Beltran. The game was over and the Mets had a victory.