August 5, 2006: Three-Run 6th Buries Phils

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Date: August 5, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, David Wright, Endy Chavez
Key play: Wright’s single, Chavez’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets scored three runs in the sixth inning for a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.

Aaron Rowand drew a one-out walk against Mets’ starter Tom Glavine in the top of the first. Jimmie Rollins singled and Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer. Glavine retired the next two batters to end the inning and Jose Reyes doubled off the Phils’ Jon Lieber to begin the bottom half. Lastings Milledge hit a single to drive home Reyes with the Mets’ first run of the game. Carlos Beltran singled and Carlos Delgado flied out to center fielder Rowand. David Wright grounded out to third baseman Abraham Nunez to move the runners to second and third base. Lieber then retired Endy Chavez (pinch-hitting for an injured Cliff Floyd) on a pop-up to first baseman Howard to close out the inning.

Glavine and Lieber each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Tom yielded only doubles to Rowand and Shane Victorino while the Mets were kept off base completely by Lieber. Howard drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Pat Burrell hit a single and Chris Coste grounded to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Beltran reached on Lieber’s error and advanced to third base on a single by Delgado. Wright singled to score Beltran and cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. Chavez followed with a double that brought home Delgado and Wright, putting the Mets in front by a run. Lieber then threw a called third strike past Jose Valentin for the inning’s third out.

Glavine set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Lieber hurled a perfect bottom half and Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman retired all three Philadelphia batters in the top of the eighth. Leiber set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning and Howard singled against New York’s Billy Wagner to open the top of the ninth. Burrell and Coste both went down on strikes before a single by pinch-hitter Chase Utley sent Howard to third base. Wagner then got pinch-hitter Mike Lieberthal to ground out to third baseman Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.