August 21, 2008: Delgado's Fifth Hit Beats Braves

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Date: August 21, 2008
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 5
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Luis Ayala
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, David Wright
Key play: Wright’s home run, Delgado’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a three-game series in front of 51,952 fans on hand. Carlos Delgado went 5-for-5 in leading the Mets to a series-sweeping 5-4 win over Atlanta.

Yunel Escobar homered to lead off the top of the first inning. Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez retired the next three Braves batters and Jose Reyes began the bottom half with a single to center field. David Wright drew a one-out walk and Carlos Beltran’s force play grounder moved Reyes to third base. Delgado singled to score Reyes and tie the game. Atlanta starter Mike Hampton then got Fernando Tatis to hit into an inning-ending force play.

After a scoreless second inning, Martinez set down the Braves in order in the top of the third. In the bottom half, Wright doubled with one out and advanced to third on Beltran’s ground out to third baseman Chipper Jones. Delgado singled to bring home Wright for a 2-1 Mets lead. Tatis followed with a single to left field. Damion Easley hit a grounder to second baseman Kelly Johnson for the final out of the inning. Martinez shut down Atlanta in the top of the fourth. Hampton then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Martinez retired the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. With one out in the bottom half, Wright homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Beltran grounded out to Jones and a double by Delgado ensued. Tatis hit a line drive to Johnson to end the inning and the Braves had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the sixth. Brian McCann doubled to drive home Escobar and Jones, tying the game at 3-3. A single by Omar Infante plated McCann to give Atlanta a one-run lead. Johnson hit a pop-up to third baseman Wright for the third out. Hampton then set down all three New York batters in the bottom half.

Martinez hurled a perfect top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Nick Evans got a one-out double off Braves’ reliever Jeff Bennett. Wright struck out and Beltran drew a walk. Atlanta’s Will Ohman gave up an infield single to Delgado. On the hit, first baseman Martin Prado made an error that allowed Evans to score the tying run. Reliever Julian Tavarez retired Tatis on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Jeff Francoeur. The Braves were shut down by the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano and Luis Ayala in the top of the eighth. Tavarez then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Ayala held Atlanta to single by Prado in the top of the ninth inning. Wright hit a one-out double off Braves’ reliever Vladimir Nunez in the bottom half. Beltran was given an intentional walk. Delgado then singled for his fifth hit of the game, driving home Wright with the winning run. The Mets had a sweep of the three-game series.