July 20, 2008: Mets Defeat Reds in 10 Innings

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Date: July 20, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 7
Reds: 5
Winning pitcher: Duaner Sanchez
Key player(s): Ramon Castro, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cancel, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Castro’s home run, Encarnacion’s error, Delgado’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 10th inning for a 7-5 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Reds’ starter Edinson Volquez to lead off the top of the first. Jose advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Argenis Reyes lined out to third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on a bunt attempt. David Wright drew a walk as Jose Reyes stole third. Carlos Beltran hit a single to score Jose Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Carlos Delgado singled to load the bases and Marlon Anderson fouled out to first baseman Joey Votto. Volquez retired Ramon Castro on a fly ball to right fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. for the third out. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Volquez shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Adam Dunn homered to tie the game. Encarnacion grounded out to third baseman Wright and strikeouts of Votto and Paul Bako finished off the inning. Delgado hit a one-out double in the top of the third. Anderson went down on strikes and Castro slugged a home run to put the Mets on top, 3-1. Volquez got Endy Chavez on a ground ball to second baseman Brandon Phillips for the third out of the inning. Pelfrey then gave up just a single to Jay Bruce in the bottom half.

Jose Reyes tripled with one out in the top of the fourth. Argenis Reyes was hit by a pitch and Wright followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Jose Reyes. Beltran grounded out to Phillips to end the inning and Griffey hit a ground-rule double to open the bottom half. Phillips singled to score Griffey, stole second base and moved to third on catcher Castro’s throwing error. Dunn hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Phillips and a two-run homer by Encarnacion tied the game at 4-4. Votto was retired on a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes. Pelfrey then got Bako to fly out to left fielder Anderson and finish off the inning.

Volquez hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Pelfrey set down the side in order in the bottom half and Cincinnati reliever Jeremy Affeldt retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Phillips homered to put the Reds ahead by a run. Dunn flied out to Anderson and a pop-up by Encarnacion was caught by second baseman Argenis Reyes for the inning’s final out. Wright drew a leadoff walk against Affeldt in the top of the seventh. Following Beltran’s fly out to center fielder Bruce, Wright stole second base. Delgado singled to drive home Wright and retie the game at 5-5. Reds’ reliever Mike Lincoln walked pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis and struck out Castro. Lincoln retired Chavez on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Dunn. Pelfrey then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Cincinnati’s David Weathers gave up just a single to Argenis Reyes in the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Beltran singled against the Reds’ Francisco Cordero to begin the top of the ninth. Beltran stole second base and Delgado lined out to shortstop Jeff Keppinger. Tatis drew a walk and Beltran was caught stealing on catcher Bako’s throw to Encarnacion. Castro singled and Cordero got Chavez on a grounder to Votto that closed out the inning. Sanchez then surrendered only a walk to Dunn in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Robinson Cancel doubled against Cincinnati reliever Bill Bray to open the top of the 10th. Jose Reyes followed with a bunt single to advance Cancel to third base. Argenis Reyes reached second on Encarnacion’s throwing error that allowed Cancel to score and Jose Reyes to move to third. Wright was walked intentionally to load the bases and Beltran went down on strikes. Delgado hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jose Reyes with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Reds’ reliever Gary Majewski then threw a called third strike past Tatis to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out Bako to start the bottom of the 10th. Javier Valentin also went down on strikes. Wagner then fanned Bruce for the game’s final out. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.