July 30, 2006: Mets Outlast Braves in Slugfest

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Date: July 30, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 10
Braves: 6
Winning pitcher: Darren Oliver
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes
Key play: Delgado’s home run, Beltran’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In a game that featured a total of thirty-five hits, the Mets came away with a 10-6 win.

Jose Reyes singled against Braves’ starter Chuck James to lead off the top of the first inning. Paul Lo Duca flied out to left fielder Matt Diaz and a fly ball by Carlos Beltran was caught by center fielder Andruw Jones. Reyes stole second base and Carlos Delgado homered for a 2-0 Mets lead. David Wright drew a walk and scored the third New York run on a double by Xavier Nady. Chris Woodward singled and James retired Jose Valentin on a fly ball to Jones for the third out. With two outs in the bottom half, Edgar Renteria doubled and Jones drew a walk. Mets’ starter Tom Glavine then retired Jeff Francoeur on a pop-up to catcher Lo Duda to end the inning.

Glavine hit a leadoff single against James in the top of the second. Reyes singled and Lo Duca drew a walk to load the bases. Beltran hit a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Delgado got a single off Atlanta reliever Jason Shiell. Wright went down on strikes and Nady singled to center field. Shiell then got Woodward to hit a ground ball to shortstop Renteria for a double play that ended the inning.

Brian McCann doubled to begin the bottom of the second. McCann advanced to third base after Diaz’s fly out to right fielder Nady and a walk to Adam LaRoche ensued. Shiell’s sacrifice bunt moved LaRoche to second. Willy Aybar hit a single to drive home both McCann and LaRoche. Marcus Giles singled and a single by Renteria scored Aybar to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Jones drew a walk to load the bases. Glavine then got Francoeur on a force play ground ball to shortstop Reyes for the inning’s final out.

Valentin hit a leadoff double in the top of the third. Glavine went down on strikes and Reyes singled to send Valentin to third base. Reyes stole second and Lo Duca walked to load the bases. Beltran was struck out and Delgado walked to force home Valentin. Shiell retired Wright on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Francoeur. Glavine then yielded only a single to LaRoche in the bottom half.

Shiell held the Mets to a double by Valentin in the top of the fourth. Aybar hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Giles was struck out and Renteria was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Delgado. Jones singled and advanced to second base on an error by right fielder Nady. Francoeur hit a single to bring home Aybar and Jones. McCann doubled to plate Francoeur and cut the New York lead to 8-6. Glavine then got Diaz to ground out to Delgado and finish off the inning.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Beltran hit his second homer for the Mets’ ninth run of the game. Delgado doubled and moved to third base on a single by Wright. Macay McBride came in to pitch for the Braves and retired Nady on an inning-ending fly ball to Francoeur. Mets’ reliever Darren Oliver threw called third strikes past both LaRoche and pinch-hitter Tony Pena, Jr. to begin the bottom half. Aybar singled and Giles drew a walk. Oliver then got Renteria to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Wright for the final out of the inning.

Atlanta reliever Tyler Yates set down the side in order in the top of the sixth. Francoeur got a bunt single against the Mets’ Chad Bradford with one out in the bottom half. McCann flied out to left fielder Woodward and a single by Diaz sent Francoeur to third base. New York’s Pedro Feliciano struck out LaRoche to end the inning and Yates hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Giles hit a two-out double off Feliciano in the bottom half. New York’s Aaron Heilman then retired Renteria on a ground ball to Wright that ended the inning.

Delgado hit a leadoff double against Braves’ reliever Danys Baez to begin the top of the eighth. Wright singled and Nady went down on strikes. Baez got Woodward to pop out to catcher McCann and retired Valentin on an inning-ending fly ball to Jones. With two outs in the bottom half, Heilman walked McCann and gave up a single to Diaz. Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner then fanned LaRoche for the third out of the inning.

Endy Chavez singled against Atlanta reliever Ken Ray to lead off the top of the ninth. Chavez advanced to second base on Reyes’ sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ tenth run on a single by Lo Duca. Ray retired Beltran and Delgado on consecutive outfield fly balls to close out the inning. To begin the bottom half, Wagner threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Todd Pratt. Aybar singled for the thirty-fifth hit of the game. Giles went down on strikes as Aybar was caught stealing on Lo Duca’s throw to second baseman Valentin for a game-ending double play. The Mets had emerged with a series-sweeping victory.