July 20, 2006: Chavez and Beltran Double Reds in 10th

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Date: July 20, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Carlos Delgado, Endy Chavez, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Floyd’s and Delgado’s homers, Chavez’s and Beltran’s doubles

The Mets faced the Reds on a Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Endy Chavez and Carlos Beltran hit run-scoring doubles in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 4-2 win.

After a scoreless first, Cliff Floyd homered with two outs in the top of the second for a 1-0 Mets lead. Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo retired Jose Valentin on a line drive to right fielder Chris Denorfia that ended the inning and Edwin Encarnacion got a one-out single against the Mets’ Tom Glavine in the bottom half. Brandon Phillips singled and Royce Clayton fouled out to right fielder Chavez. Jason LaRue lined out to shortstop Jose Reyes to finish off the inning and Arroyo yielded only a single to Glavine in the top of the third. Tom then gave up just a single to Ryan Freel in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Carlos Delgado hit a solo homer for the Mets’ second run of the game. David Wright went down on strikes and consecutive singles by Floyd and Valentin followed. Arroyo struck out Ramon Castro to end the inning and Glavine shut down the Reds in the bottom half. Arroyo hurled a perfect top of the fifth and back-to-back singles by Clayton and LaRue began the bottom of the inning. Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Freel hit a single that brought home Clayton and LaRue, tying the game at 2-2. Glavine then retired both Denorfia and Adam Dunn on line drives to Chavez for the inning’s final outs.

Arroyo struck out the side in order in the top of the sixth. To open the bottom half, Rich Aurilia singled and moved to third base on Encarnacion’s ground-rule double. Phillips hit a ground ball on which second baseman Valentin threw to catcher Castro for an out at home on Aurilia. Clayton grounded out to Glavine and an intentional walk to LaRue loaded the bases. Arroyo then hit a grounder on which Glavine threw to Castro for a force out at the plate on Encarnacion to finish off the inning.

Arroyo set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Freel hit a leadoff double against Glavine in the bottom half. Denorfia’s sacrifice bunt advanced Freel to third base and consecutive walks to Dunn and Aurilia loaded the bases. Mets’ reliever Chad Bradford struck out pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg and got Phillips on an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Wright. Arroyo held the Mets to a single by Chavez in the top of the eighth. New York’s Aaron Heilman then gave up only a single to Clayton in the bottom half.

Reds’ reliever Eddie Guardado yielded just a double to Wright in the top of the ninth. For the Mets, reliever Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning to send the game onward. Pinch-hitter Xavier Nady hit a one-out double against Cincinnati’s Gary Majewski in the top of the 10th. Reyes was called out on strikes and Chavez doubled to bring home Nady for a 3-2 Mets lead. Beltran followed with a double off the Reds’ Kent Mercker that plated Chavez with the fourth New York run. Mercker then retired Delgado on a ground ball to second baseman Phillips for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner got Phillips on a grounder to Reyes to begin the bottom of the 10th. Clayton went down on strikes. Wagner then struck out LaRue to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to finish off the series.