August 27, 2004: Six-Run 1st Inning Ignites Mets

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Date: August 27, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Gerald Williams, David Wright, Eric Valent
Key play: Williams’ two singles in 1st, Wright’s two-run single, Valent’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the first inning and rolled to a 9-2 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Tom Glavine pitched a scoreless top of the first. Gerald Williams led off the bottom half with a single against the Dodgers’ Wilson Alvarez. Jeff Keppinger popped out to second baseman Jose Hernandez and a single by Todd Zeile sent Williams to third base. Cliff Floyd singled to drive home Williams and a double by Mike Cameron brought home Zeile. David Wright hit a single that plated Floyd and Cameron for a 4-0 Mets lead. Jason Phillips grounded out to first baseman Olmeda Saenz and an intentional walk to Wilson Delgado ensued. Glavine singled to score Wright and advance Delgado to third. Williams followed with his second single of the inning to bring home Delgado for the Mets’ sixth run. Alvarez then got Keppinger to fly out to right fielder Shawn Green and end the inning.

Glavine set down the side in order in the top of the second. To begin the bottom half, Alvarez threw a called third strike past Zeile and gave up a single to Floyd on which he was struck on the left elbow and had to leave the game. Los Angeles reliever Elmer Dessens retired the next two New York batters to close out the inning and got a one-out single in the top of the third. Cesar Izturis singled to left field and Steve Finley hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Delgado. Milton Bradley hit grounder to third baseman Wright for an inning-ending force play and Dessens retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Glavine shut down the Dodgers in the top of the fourth. Dessens then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth hit a home run to open the top of the fifth. Izturis went down on strikes and Finley drew a walk. Bradley reached on an error by Wright that allowed Finley to advance to third base. Adrian Beltre followed with a ground ball to second baseman Keppinger for a double play that ended the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Masao Kida struck out Cameron to begin the bottom half. Wright hit a single and went to third on a double by Phillips. Delgado was struck out and Glavine was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Bradley. Tom set down all three Los Angeles hitters in the top of the sixth. Kida then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

David Ross singled against Glavine to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Mets’ reliever Mike DeJean struck out Werth and threw a wild pitch that moved Ross to second base. DeJean got Izturis and Finley to hit consecutive grounders to Keppinger for the last two outs of the inning and Cameron singled against Los Angeles reliever Duaner Sanchez to begin the bottom half. Mike stole second and scored on a double by Wright. Phillips grounded out to Saenz and a strikeout of Delgado ensued. Pinch-hitter Eric Valent hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-1. Sanchez then retired Williams on a grounder to third baseman Beltre to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton pitched a perfect top of the eighth. For the Dodgers, Giovanni Carrara hurled a scoreless bottom half. Saenz singled against the Mets’ John Franco to start the top of the ninth inning. Franco fanned Hernandez and Ross and issued a walk to Werth. Izturis doubled to drive home Saenz. Franco then got Finley to pop out to first baseman Zeile and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the weekend series.