August 19, 2006: Six-Run 6th Jolts Rockies

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Date: August 19, 2006
Mets starter: Dave Williams
Mets: 7
Rockies: 4
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Michael Tucker, Lastings Milledge, Aaron Heilman
Key play: Delgado’s single, Tucker’s walk, Milledge’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets scored six runs in the sixth inning in a 7-4 win over Colorado.

Dave Williams and the Rockies’ Jeff Francis each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. With one out in the top of the fifth, Yorvit Torrealba hit a home run for a 1-0 Colorado lead. Clint Barmes singled and Choo Freeman flied out to right fielder Lastings Milledge. Williams struck out Francis to finish off the inning and Milledge got a two-out single in the bottom half. Endy Chavez then grounded back to Francis for the inning’s third out.

Jamey Carroll singled against Williams to open the top of the sixth. On a bunt attempt, Ryan Spilborghs popped out to first baseman Carlos Delgado. Todd Helton was retired on a pop-up to third baseman David Wright and a single by Matt Holliday advanced Carroll to third. Garrett Atkins slugged a three-run homer off Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez to increase the Rockies’ lead to 4-0. Torrealba followed with a single to right field. With Barmes at bat, Torrealba got caught by catcher Paul Lo Duca’s throw and was tagged out by second baseman Chris Woodward to end the inning.

Michael Tucker singled against Francis to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Jose Reyes flied out to left fielder Holliday and a double by Lo Duca ensued. On a sacrifice fly that drove home Tucker, Carlos Beltran reached second base via an error by Holliday. Delgado hit a single to score Lo Duca and move Beltran to third. With Wright at the plate, a passed ball by catcher Torrealba allowed Beltran to come home and Delgado to go to second. Wright was walked intentionally and Woodward popped out to second baseman Carroll. Milledge hit a single to score Delgado and tie the game. On the play, Wright moved to third and Milledge to second via an error by third baseman Atkins. Pinch-hitter Julio Franco was walked intentionally to load the bases and Tucker drew a walk to force home Wright for a 5-4 Mets lead. Reyes walked against Colorado reliever Ramon Ramirez to bring home Milledge with the sixth New York run. Ramirez then retired Lo Duca on a fly ball to center fielder Freeman to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan singled against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman with one out in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe drew a walk and Carroll grounded to Wright for an inning-ending double play. Rockies’ reliever Ray King gave up just a double to Delgado in the bottom half and Heilman hurled a perfect top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Milledge homered off Colorado’s Manuel Corpas for the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee was retired on a ground ball to Carroll. Corpas then got Tucker to ground out to shortstop Barmes and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Atkins on a fly ball to left fielder Tucker to start the top of the ninth. Torrealba grounded out to Delgado. Wagner then got Barmes to fly out to Milledge and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.