July 14, 2007: Glavine, Green and Milledge Stifle Reds

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Date: July 14, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Shawn Green, Lastings Milledge
Key play: Green’s and Milledge’s singles

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 51,742 fans on hand. Tom Glavine pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and a pair of RBI singles by Shawn Green and Lastings Milledge lifted the Mets to a 2-1 win over Cincinnati.

Glavine hurled a perfect top of the first. Ruben Gotay singled against Reds’ starter Matt Belisle with one out in the bottom half. Carlos Beltran drew a walk and David Wright went down on strikes. Belisle retired Carlos Delgado on a fly ball to center fielder Norris Hopper for the third out of the inning. Leading off the top of the second, Brandon Phillips hit a home run for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead. Adam Dunn and Jeff Conine were struck out and Glavine retired Pedro Lopez on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Green. Belisle then gave up just a single to Paul Lo Duca in the bottom half.

Glavine set down all nine Reds batters from the third inning to the fifth. Belisle responded with a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Tom retired the side in order once again in the top of the sixth. Wright singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Delgado was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Dunn. With Lo Duca at bat, Wright stole second base. David moved to third on Lo Duca’s ground out to second baseman Phillips and scored the tying run on a single by Green. Belisle then got Milledge to line out to Dunn and finish off the inning.

Glavine yielded just a single to Ken Griffey, Jr. in the top of the seventh. Belisle hurled a scoreless bottom half and Tom retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Green doubled against Cincinnati reliever Mike Stanton. Milledge followed with a single to drive home Green and put the Mets ahead by a run. The Reds’ Kirk Saarloos hit pinch-hitter Damion Easley with a pitch. Jose Reyes then grounded back to Saarloos for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out David Ross to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger grounded out to third baseman Wright. Wagner then retired Ryan Freel on a pop-up to first baseman Delgado to end the game. The Mets had a victory with solid pitching and two timely singles.