July 22, 2007: Mets Come Back to Win in 10
|Date: July 22, 2007|
|Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano|
|Key player(s): Chip Ambres|
|Key play: Ambres' single in 10th|
The Mets and Dodgers concluded a four-game series on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played a three-and-one-half hour game that went into extra innings. The Mets came away with a 5-4 win in the tenth.
The Dodgers scored twice against Mets' starter Orlando Hernandez over the first four innings. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a home run and James Loney doubled to bring home Luis Gonzalez with two out in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Mets were shut down by Los Angeles starter Eric Stults on two hits, both of which came in the first inning.
Neither team scored in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Jose Reyes tripled with one out and scored on a double by Lastings Milledge. Stults was relieved by Rudy Seanez, off whom David Wright singled to bring home Milledge and tie the game at 2-2. The Dodgers then reclaimed the lead in the bottom half on Nomar Garciaparra's two-run homer off Orlando Hernandez.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Reyes led off the top of the eighth with a double off Los Angeles reliever Roberto Hernandez. Reyes moved to third base on a ground out and scored on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly, cutting the Dodger lead to one run. Aaron Heilman then recorded his second straight perfect inning in the bottom of half.
Facing Jonathan Broxton in the top of the ninth, Carlos Delgado led off the inning with a single. Pinch-runner Anderson Hernandez advanced to second base on Broxton's wild pitch and went to third on Paul Lo Duca's ground out. Shawn Green reached second base on an error by right fielder Matt Kemp, which allowed Anderson Hernandez to score the tying run for the Mets. Following another wild pitch that moved Green to third, Broxton struck out two batters to end the inning.
Pedro Feliciano pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. In the tenth, the Mets put runners on first and third with two out against Dodgers' reliever D. J. Houlton. Chip Ambres followed with a single to left field that brought home Milledge with the go-ahead run. Houlton then got Sandy Alomar for an inning-ending ground out.
With runners on second and third in the bottom of the tenth, Billy Wagner struck out Garciaparra to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory. The win was the third for the Mets in the four games at Los Angeles.