July 1, 2006: Five Runs in 4th Bury Yanks

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Date: July 1, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 8
Yankees: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): David Wright, Ramon Castro, Paul Lo Duca, Eli Marrero
Key play: Wright’s double, Castro’s and Lo Duca’s singles, Marrero’s home run

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. The teams played the second of three games in a Subway Series. The Mets scored five runs in the fifth inning and came away with an 8-3 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Yanks’ starter Randy Johnson to lead off the top of the first. Paul Lo Duca hit a double and Carlos Beltran popped out to second baseman Miguel Cairo. David Wright doubled to drive home Reyes and Lo Duca for a two-run Mets lead. Julio Franco grounded out to third baseman Alex Rodriguez and a pop-up by Xavier Nady was caught by Cairo for the third out. Mets’ starter Steve Trachsel then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After a scoreless second, Johnson set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Johnny Damon singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter hit a single and Jason Giambi drew a walk to load the bases. Rodriguez singled to drive home Damon with the Yankees’ first run of the game. Jorge Posada followed with a double play ground ball to second baseman Chris Woodward on which Jeter scored, tying the game at 2-2. Trachsel then got Andy Phillips to fly out to center fielder Beltran and finish off the inning.

Wright drew a walk to open the top of the fourth. Franco singled and Nady went down on strikes. Woodward drew a walk that loaded the bases. Ramon Castro hit a single to drive home Wright and Franco for a 4-2 Mets lead. Eli Marrero was struck out and Reyes singled to score Woodward. On the play, Castro went to third base and Reyes moved to second via a throw. Lo Duca singled to bring home Castro and Reyes for five runs in the inning and a Mets lead of 7-2. Johnson retired Beltran on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Bubba Crosby. Trachsel then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Johnson shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Trachsel surrendered just a walk to Giambi in the bottom of the inning and Marrero homered for the Mets’ eighth run with two outs in the top of the sixth. Johnson retired Reyes on a fly ball to Crosby that ended the inning and Trachsel retired the side in order in the bottom half. Yanks’ reliever T. J. Beam pitched a scoreless top of the seventh and Cairo singled against Trachsel to open the bottom of the inning. Cairo stole second base and Damon drew a walk against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman. Jeter hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Reyes. Heilman then retired Giambi on a grounder to first baseman Franco to close out the inning.

Yankees’ reliever Matt Smith pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Rodriguez hit a home run to lead off the bottom half. Posada and Phillips both went down on strikes and Melky Cabrera singled to left field. Heilman retired pinch-hitter Bernie Williams on a pop-up to Woodward that ended the inning and Castro singled to open the top of the ninth. Smith then fanned Marrero and got Reyes on a ground ball to Cairo for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out Cairo to start the bottom of the ninth. Damon took a called third strike. Wagner then got Jeter to ground out to Franco and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory over their cross-city rivals.