August 6, 2006: Seven Runs in 4th Crush Phils
|Date: August 6, 2006|
|Mets starter: John Maine|
|Winning pitcher: John Maine|
|Key player(s): John Maine, Jose Reyes|
|Key play: Reyes' grand slam in 4th|
The Mets played the Phillies on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. A seven-run fourth inning highlighted an easy win for the Mets. The final score was 8-1.
Mets' starter John Maine pitched six innings of shutout ball. He held the Phils to three hits and retired 12 batters in a row. Maine also extended his shutout string to 23 consecutive innings.
For Philadelphia, starter Scott Mathieson held the Mets to one hit over the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, he allowed a leadoff double to Paul Lo Duca and walked Carlos Delgado with one out. David Wright followed with a double to score Lo Duca and an error by Mathieson himself brought home Delgado with another run. After Endy Chavez walked to load the bases, Wright came home on a single by Lastings Milledge to make it a 3-0 lead for the Mets. Mathieson then got Maine for a called third strike.
Jose Reyes came to bat with the bases still loaded and two out. Jose clouted a grand slam to give the Mets seven runs in the inning. Lo Duca followed with a single and Mathieson was replaced by Phillies' reliever Rick White.
In the fifth inning, Jose Valentin homered off Philadelphia's Brian Sanches for the Mets' eighth run of the game. The Phils scored when Mike Lieberthal homered off reliever Royce Ring in the top of the seventh. In the eighth, Ring and Chad Bradford combined for a scoreless inning.
Darren Oliver pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning to end the game. The Mets had their second straight victory over the Phillies. The triumph lengthened the Mets' lead in the National League East Division to 13 games.