August 30, 2006: Four Homers Rout Rockies

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Date: August 30, 2006
Mets starter: Dave Williams
Mets: 11
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Dave Williams
Key player(s): Jose Valentin, David Wright, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Wednesday night in Denver. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Coors Field. The Mets slugged four home runs in an 11-3 win over Colorado.

Paul Lo Duca singled against Rockies’ starter Josh Fogg with one out in the top of the first inning. Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado followed with consecutive walks to load the bases. David Wright hit a grand slam and a fly ball by Shawn Green was caught by center fielder Choo Freeman. A homer by Jose Valentin increased the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Fogg struck out Michael Tucker to finish off the inning. For New York, Dave Williams pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Williams drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second. Jose Reyes fouled out to third baseman Garrett Atkins and a double by Lo Duca ensued. Beltran singled to drive home Williams. On the hit, Lo Duca came home via an error by right fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Fogg was replaced on the mound by Colorado reliever Ramon Ramirez, who threw a wild pitch that sent Beltran to second base. Carlos moved to third on Delgado’s ground out to first baseman Todd Helton and scored on Wright’s single for an 8-0 Mets lead. Ramirez got Green on a force play ground ball to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to end the inning. Williams then yielded just a single to Spilborghs in the bottom half.

Valentin hit his second home run of the game to open the top of the third. Tucker drew a walk and Williams singled to left field. Reyes flied out to Freeman to advance Tucker from second to third base. Lo Duca followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Tucker and extend the Mets’ lead to 10-0. Ramirez fanned Beltran for the inning’s final out and a single by Freeman began the bottom half. Freeman moved around to third on Ramirez’s sacrifice bunt and Kazuo Matsui’s ground out to shortstop Reyes. A wild pitch brought home Freeman with the Rockies’ first run. Helton hit a single and Williams retired Atkins on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran that ended the inning.

Ramirez shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Matt Holliday hit a double to lead off the bottom half. Spilborghs flied out to right fielder Green and a triple by Yorvit Torrealba drove home Holliday to reduce the Mets’ lead to 10-2. Tulowitzki went down on strikes and Freeman was retired on an inning-ending line drive to Beltran. Ramirez hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Williams then retired all three Colorado batters in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Delgado hit a home run (the Mets’ fourth of the game) against Rockies’ reliever Jeremy Affeldt for an 11-2 New York lead. Wright grounded out to Tulowitzki to end the inning and Williams shut down the purple and black in the bottom half. Affeldt pitched a scoreless top of the seventh and pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll got a two-out single in the bottom of the inning. Carroll went to second base on defensive indifference and came home on a single by Matsui for the third Colorado run. Williams then got Helton on a fly ball to Beltran for the inning’s final out.

Rockies’ reliever Tom Martin yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Julio Franco in the top of the eighth. For the Mets, Roberto Hernandez pitched a scoreless bottom half. Colorado’s Brian Fuentes surrendered just a walk to Tucker in the top of the ninth. To begin the bottom of the inning, New York reliever Guillermo Mota threw a called third strike past Tulowitzki. Freeman was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Wright. Mota then got Carroll to ground out to second baseman Valentin and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory supported by a quartet of home runs.