July 1, 2005: Mets Emerge With Win Over Marlins

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Date: July 1, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 7
Marlins: 6
Winning pitcher: Roberto Hernandez
Key player(s): Chris Woodward, David Wright, Mike Cameron
Key play: Cameron’s double and homer, Woodward’s single in 8th

The Mets and Marlins faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game weekend series. In a tightly-contested battle, the Mets came away with a 7-6 win over Florida.

Tom Glavine and the Marlins’ A. J. Burnett each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the third, Luis Castillo hit a one-out double to left field. An ensuing double by Miguel Cabrera scored Castillo with the first run of the game. Glavine retired Carlos Delgado on a fly ball to left fielder Cliff Floyd and got Mike Lowell to fly out to right fielder Mike Cameron and end the inning. Burnett set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Glavine then pitched a scoreless top of the fourth.

Floyd doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Wright hit a single to drive home Floyd and stole second base. A single by Marlon Anderson scored Wright to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Burnett retired Ramon Castro on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Juan Pierre and a single by Castillo opened the top of the fifth. Cabrera flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran and a ground out by Delgado moved Castillo to second. Lowell hit a double to bring home Castillo with the tying run. Paul Lo Duca singled to score Lowell and put the Fish ahead, 3-2. Juan Encarnacion singled to left field. Glavine then retired Alex Gonzalez on a pop-up to first baseman Chris Woodward to close out the inning.

Woodward reached on an error by third baseman Lowell to begin the bottom of the fifth. Glavine’s ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced Woodward to second base and Jose Reyes reached on Lowell’s second error of the inning. Cameron doubled to score Woodward and send Reyes to third. Jose came home on a wild pitch to put the Mets ahead by a run. Beltran drew a walk and Floyd was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A walk to Wright plated Cameron for a 5-3 Mets lead. Florida reliever Nate Bump came in to pitch and retired Anderson on a fly ball to left fielder Cabrera. Bump then got Castro to hit a force play ground ball to Lowell then ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman set down the Marlins in order in the top of the sixth. Bump hurled a scoreless bottom half and Heilman retired all three Florida batters in the top of the seventh. Cameron hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the inning. Bump threw a called third strike past Beltran and reliever Valerio de los Santos retired Floyd on a fly ball to right fielder Encarnacion. De los Santos then got Wright to fly out to Pierre and end the inning.

Lo Duca singled and Encarnacion drew a walk to open the top of the eighth. Gonzalez followed with a double to drive home the runners and cut the Mets’ lead to 6-5. Heilman was replaced on the mound by Roberto Hernandez, who retired pinch-hitter Lenny Harris on a fly ball to Beltran. Pierre went down on strikes and Castillo singled to score Gonzalez with the tying run. Castillo stole second base and Hernandez retired Cabrera on a pop-up to Woodward for the final out of the inning.

Anderson doubled against Marlins’ reliever Jim Mecir to lead off the bottom of the eighth. A sacrifice bunt by Castro advanced Anderson to third base. Woodward followed with a single to bring home Anderson and put the Mets back in front. Pinch-hitter Jose Offerman was hit by a pitch and Reyes flied out to Pierre. Mecir then got Cameron to fly out to Encarnacion and end the inning.

Delgado hit a double against Mets’ reliever Braden Looper to start the top of the ninth. Lowell was struck out and Lo Duca flied out to Beltran. Looper then issued a walk to Encarnacion and retired Gonzalez on a line drive to second baseman Anderson for the game’s final out. The Mets had a hard-fought victory to begin the series.