July 4, 2003: Glavine and Burnitz Lead Mets Over Reds

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Date: July 4, 2003
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 7
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Vance Wilson, Jeromy Burnitz
Key play: Wilson’s single in 6th, Burnitz’s home run

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series on Fourth of July weekend. Tom Glavine pitched seven solid innings and Jeromy Burnitz homered in a 7-2 Mets win.

Glavine and the Reds’ Jimmy Haynes each hurled two scoreless innings to begin the game. Timo Perez singled to lead off the top of the third. Ty Wigginton flied out to right fielder Jose Guillen and a single by Burnitz advanced Perez to third base. Cliff Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Perez with the first run of the game. Haynes got Jason Phillips on an inning-ending line drive to Guillen. Glavine then yielded only a single to Haynes in the bottom half.

Haynes limited the Mets to a double by Joe McEwing in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Guillen hit a home run to tie the game. Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns were retired on consecutive infield ground balls and Aaron Boone was hit by a pitch. Sean Casey drew a walk and pinch-hitter Kelly Stinnett went down on strikes for the third out. Haynes set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth and Glavine gave up back-to-back singles to Ray Olmedo and Guillen with two outs in the bottom half. Tom then got Dunn to ground out to second baseman McEwing and finish off the inning.

To begin the top of the sixth, Floyd hit a double to right field. Cliff moved to third base on Phillips’ fly out to Guillen and scored on a single by Vance Wilson for a 2-1 Mets lead. With Rey Sanchez at bat, Wilson was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Stinnett to second baseman Juan Castro. Haynes retired Sanchez on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Casey. Glavine then set down all three Cincinnati batters in the bottom half.

McEwing singled to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Glavine’s sacrifice bunt advanced McEwing to second base and Haynes was replaced on the mound by Reds’ reliever Felix Heredia. Pinch-hitter Raul Gonzalez greeted Heredia with a single that drove home McEwing. Wigginton followed with a single to center field. Burnitz slugged a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Floyd flied out to Guillen and an error by shortstop Olmedo allowed Phillips to reach base. Wilson hit a single against Cincinnati’s Scott Sullivan to send Phillips to second. Sullivan got Sanchez on a force play grounder to Olmedo to end the inning. Glavine then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Tony Clark doubled against Reds’ reliever John Riedling with one out in the top of the eighth. Gonzalez reached on an error by third baseman Boone and a strikeout of Wigginton ensued. Riedling retired Burnitz on a fly ball to left fielder Dunn to close out the inning. Facing the Mets’ John Franco with one out in the bottom half, Guillen hit his second solo home run of the game. Dunn was retired on a ground ball back to the mound. Franco got Kearns on a grounder to shortstop Sanchez for the inning’s final out and Wilson hit a two-out double in the top of the ninth. Sanchez followed with an infield single on which Olmedo made an error that allowed Wilson to score the Mets’ seventh run. McEwing then grounded back to Riedling to end the inning.

Casey and Stinnett got back-to-back singles against Mets’ reliever David Weathers with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Reggie Taylor was called out on strikes and pinch-hitter Russell Branyan drew a walk to load the bases. Armando Benitez then came in to pitch for the Mets and threw a called third strike past Ken Griffey, Jr. to end the game. The Mets had a holiday victory.