July 27, 2008: Mets Rout Redbirds With 17 Hits

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Date: July 27, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, David Wright, Fernando Tatis, Ramon Castro
Key play: Mets’ three home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets pounded out a total of seventeen hits in a 9-1 win over St. Louis.

Johan Santana and the Cards’ Kyle Lohse each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Santana faced the minimum six hitters while the Mets failed to score despite two singles, a double and a walk against Lohse. In the third, Santana retired the side in order in the top half and Jose Reyes doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Endy Chavez got a bunt single that advanced Reyes to third base and stole second. David Wright flied out to center fielder Skip Schumaker and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Delgado brought home Reyes. Carlos Beltran hit a single to score Chavez for a 2-0 Mets lead. Lohse then got Fernando Tatis to fly out to left fielder Joe Mather and end the inning.

Following a scoreless fourth, Santana held the Redbirds to leadoff single by Troy Glaus in the top of the fifth. Reyes grounded out to shortstop Cesar Izturis to lead off the bottom half. Chavez was retired on a pop-up to Izturis and a home run by Wright ensued. Lohse fanned Delgado for the inning’s final out. Santana then set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the sixth.

Beltran opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to center field. Tatis hit a two-run homer and Damion Easley got an infield single. An ensuing home run by Ramon Castro lengthened the Mets’ lead to 7-0 and Lohse was replaced on the mound by Cardinals’ reliever Randy Flores. Santana greeted Flores with a single and moved to third base on a double by Reyes. Chavez popped out to Izturis and a single by Wright brought home Santana with the Mets’ eighth run of the game. On the hit, Reyes got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by Flores. Delgado singled and Flores got Beltran on an inning-ending force play ground ball to Izturis. With one out in the top of the seventh, Albert Pujols homered for the Cards’ first run. Glaus was called out on strikes and Yadier Molina got an infield single. Santana then retired Mather on a pop-up to first baseman Delgado to close out the inning.

Tatis doubled against St. Louis reliever Mitchell Boggs to begin the bottom of the seventh. Easley grounded out to first baseman Pujols and a walk to Castro followed. Santana singled for the Mets’ seventeenth hit to drive home Tatis with the ninth New York run. Boggs got Reyes to it a force play grounder to Pujols and retired Chavez on a fly ball to Mather that ended the inning. Santana held the Cardinals to singles by Izturis and Schumaker in a scoreless top of the eighth. St. Louis reliever Jason Isringhausen then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Pujols singled to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Aaron Miles lined out to center fielder Beltran and pinch-hitter Adam Kennedy was called out on strikes. Santana then retired Mather on a fly ball to Beltran to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to finish off the weekend series.