April 9, 2006: Wright's Bat Beats Marlins

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Date: April 9, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 3
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Billy Wagner
Key player(s): David Wright
Key play: Wright's triple in 7th, Wright's sacrifice fly in 9th

The Mets and Marlins faced each other on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 55,255 was on hand to see the Mets try for a sweep of a three-game series. David Wright drove in three runs to provide a comeback for a 3-2 Mets win over Florida.

Tom Glavine and the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis dueled each other for five scoreless innings to start the game. The pitchers combined for six strikeouts and allowed three hits apiece. In the top of the sixth, Florida got two runs against Glavine when Josh Willingham doubled to score Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera. Willis followed up by retiring the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, reliever Duaner Sanchez shut down the Marlins without a hit. Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Beltran led off the bottom half with singles off Willis. Carlos Delgado grounded out to advance the runners and Wright came to bat. David hit a triple to right field that brought home Lo Duca and Beltran to tie the game at 2-2. Willis retired the next two batters on ground balls and Sanchez pitched a scoreless top of the eighth.

Willis shut down the Mets on one hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mets' reliever Billy Wagner recorded two outs before walking pinch-hitter Chris Aguila in the top of the ninth. Aguila stole second base and went to third on shortstop Jose Reyes' error of a ground ball by Ramirez. Wagner then got Jeremy Hermida on a grounder to second baseman Anderson Hernandez for the final out of the inning.

Florida reliever Carlos Martinez walked Beltran to begin the bottom of the ninth. Delgado's single moved Beltran to third base with none out. Wright followed with a sacrifice fly to score Beltran with the winning run. The Mets had completed a three-game sweep of the Fish.