April 6, 2007: Mets Rout Braves for 4th Straight Win

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Date: April 6, 2007
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 11
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Reyes’ two triples and single, Delgado’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. The Mets recorded their fourth straight win to begin the season with an 11-1 rout.

Jose Reyes hit a triple against Braves’ starter Mark Redman to lead off the top of the first inning. Paul Lo Duca followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Reyes with the first run of the game. Carlos Beltran doubled and advanced to third base on Carlos Delgado’s fly out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Redman struck out David Wright to end the inning. For the Mets, Oliver Perez hurled a perfect bottom half.

Moises Alou led off the top of the second with a ground rule double to right-center field. Shawn Green popped out to second baseman Chris Woodward and a double by Jose Valentin scored Alou for a 2-0 Mets lead. Perez was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Chipper Jones and a fly ball by Reyes was caught by center fielder Andruw Jones to close out the inning. Perez yielded just a single to Brian McCann in the bottom half and Redman held the Mets to a single by Lo Duca in the top of the third. The Braves had runners on first and second base with one out in the bottom half. Perez then got Edgar Renteria to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright for an inning-ending double play.

Redman set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Francoeur homered for the first Atlanta run of the game. Perez retired McCann on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to end the inning and Lo Duca got a two-out single in the top of the fifth. Beltran drew a walk and Delgado went down on strikes for the inning’s final out. Perez then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Wright hit a double to open the top of the sixth. David advanced to third base on Alou’s fly out to Andruw Jones and scored on Green’s single to left field. Valentin popped out to Woodward and a single by Perez ensued. Redman was replaced on the mound by Braves’ reliever Oscar Villareal, who surrendered a triple to Reyes that plated Green and Perez for a 5-1 Mets lead. Lo Duca took a called third strike to finish off the inning and Perez set down all three Atlanta batters in the bottom half. Villareal hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Perez then set down the side in order once again in the bottom of the inning.

Alou singled against Braves’ reliever Tyler Yates to begin the top of the eighth. Green drew a walk and Valentin reached on an error by Yates to load the bases. Perez followed with a grounder on which Woodward threw to catcher McCann for an out at home on Alou. Reyes hit a single to bring home Green and Valentin. Lo Duca grounded out and Beltran was walked intentionally to reload the bases. Yates was replaced on the mound by Atlanta’s Macay McBride, who gave up a single to Delgado that scored Perez and Reyes. Wright doubled to score Beltran and increase the Mets’ lead to 10-1. On a walk to Alou, Delgado came home with the eleventh New York run via a passed ball by catcher Brayan Pena. Green drew a walk to load the bases once again and Macay retired Valentin on an inning-ending ground ball to Chipper Jones. Mets’ reliever Ambiorix Burgos then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Macay shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. New York reliever Joe Smith threw a called third strike past Woodward to start the bottom of the inning. Pete Orr grounded out to second baseman Valentin and a single by Chipper Jones followed. Smith then got Andruw Jones to ground out to Wright and end the game. The Mets had a victory and a 4-0 won-lost record to open the season.