April 4, 2007: Maine Leads Two-Hit Shutout

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Date: April 4, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes
Key play: Beltran’s two homers, Reyes’ homers and double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. John Maine and two relievers teamed up for a two-hitter in a 10-0 Mets win over the Redbirds.

Maine and the Cards’ Braden Looper each started the game with five scoreless innings pitched. John retired the first twelve St. Louis batters he faced before yielding a single to Scott Rolen and a walk to Jim Edmonds in the bottom of the fifth. Meanwhile, Looper gave up four singles in shutting down the Mets. With one out in the top of the sixth, Paul Lo Duca singled to center field. Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and Carlos Delgado popped out to third baseman Rolen. David Wright got an infield single and Moises Alou drew a walk. Shawn Green singled to drive home Wright for a 3-0 Mets lead. Looper retired Jose Valentin on a fly ball to center fielder Edmonds to finish off the inning. Maine then set down the Cardinals in order in the bottom half.

Jose Reyes hit a solo home run against St. Louis reliever Josh Hancock with one out in the top of the seventh. Lo Duca grounded out to first baseman Albert Pujols and a homer by Beltran ensued. Hancock was replaced on the mound by the Cards’ Tyler Johnson, who retired Delgado on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Aaron Miles. Maine then surrendered only a walk to Edmonds in the bottom half.

Wright drew a walk against Redbirds’ reliever Russ Springer to open the top of the eighth. Alou singled and Green walked to load the bases. Valentin went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Julio Franco drove home Wright with a sacrifice fly. On the play, right fielder Preston Wilson made an error that allowed Alou to score and Franco to reach second base. Reyes hit a double that plated Green and Franco, increasing the Mets’ lead to 9-0. St. Louis reliever Brad Thompson threw a wild pitch that moved Reyes to third and issued a walk to Lo Duca. Beltran grounded out to Rolen to bring home Reyes with the tenth New York run of the game. Thompson struck out Delgado to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Ambiorix Burgos then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

For the Cardinals, reliever Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect top of the ninth. New York’s Aaron Sele threw a called third strike past David Eckstein to begin the bottom of the inning. Chris Duncan hit a double and Pujols was called out on strikes. Sele then got pinch-hitter So Taguchi to ground out to shortstop Reyes and end the game. The Mets had a two-hit shutout victory to complete a three-game series sweep.