July 7, 2007: Mets Defeat Astros in 17 Innings

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Date: July 7, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Aaron Sele
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright
Key play: Beltrans’ & Wright’s singles in 17th

The Mets and Astros faced each other on a Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. The teams hooked up in a battle that lasted more than five hours. On a pair of run-scoring singles in the 17th inning, the Mets emerged with a 5-3 win over Houston.

Tom Glavine and Astros’ starter Woody Williams each pitched three scoreless innings to begin the game. Both faced the minimum nine batters and recorded double plays to end the second. In the top of the fourth, Williams concluded another perfect inning by getting Carlos Beltran for his third strikeout. With two outs in the bottom half, Morgan Ensberg hit a double that brought home Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee. An ensuing triple by Chris Burke scored Ensberg for the third Houston run. Glavine then retired Eric Bruntlett on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran for the final out of the inning.

David Wright led off the top of the fifth with a single to center field. Carlos Delgado followed with a home run to cut the Astros’ lead to 3-2. Williams set down Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green on infield grounders and yielded a single to Ricky Ledee. Glavine grounded to shortstop Bruntlett to end the inning. Tom then pitched a perfect bottom half.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Wright hit a game-tying home run to lead off the top of the seventh. Williams retired the next three batters and Glavine retired Houston 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the eighth, Jose Reyes got a two-out single off Williams. For the Astros, Chad Qualls came in to pitch and gave up a single to Ruben Gotay. Qualls struck out Beltran to close out the inning. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Qualls pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning despite singles by Delgado and Green. Heilman gave up two-out singles to Ensberg and Burke in the bottom half. Pedro Feliciano came in to relieve and struck out pinch-hitter Lance Berkman. Relievers Dan Wheeler and Guillermo Mota each pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings. Green and pinch-hitter Julio Franco each singled off Houston’s Dave Borkowski around Ledee’s sacrifice bunt in the top of the 12th. In relief, Trever Miller retired Reyes and Gotay for the final two outs. Against Scott Schoeneweis in the bottom of the inning, the Astros had runners at first and third with two outs. Reliever Joe Smith hit Craig Biggio with a pitch to load the bases. Smith then struck out Pence to send the game onward.

Astros’ reliever Matt Albers retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the 13th inning. Smith set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half. In the 14th, Albers pitched another perfect inning and Smith hit Burke with a pitch to start the bottom half. Following Orlando Palmeiro’s sacrifice bunt that moved him to second base, Burke went to third on a ground out by Brad Ausmus. Smith then issued a walk to Mike Lamb and got pinch-hitter Luke Scott for an inning-ending fly out to Beltran.

Against Houston’s Brian Moehler, Gotay got a single with two outs in the top of the 15th. Ruben stole second base and Beltran drew a walk. Wright flied out to center fielder Pence to end the inning. To begin the bottom half, Pence singled off Mets’ reliever Aaron Sele and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Loretta. Lee was walked intentionally and Ensberg hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright. David stepped on the base for a force on Pence and threw to first baseman Delgado to complete an inning-ending double play. Moehler shut down the Mets in the top of the 16th. Sele then retired the Astros in order in the bottom of the inning.

Moehler walked Reyes with one out in the top of the 17th. Gotay hit an ensuing single on which Jose advanced to third base. Beltran singled to right field to score Reyes and move Gotay to third. Wright also singled to bring home Gotay and give the Mets a two-run lead. Houston’s Mark McLemore then came in to pitch and fanned Delgado and Lo Duca for the last two outs of the inning.

To begin the bottom of the 17th, Billy Wagner retired Lamb on a line drive to left fielder Ledee. Eric Munson singled and Pence popped out to Delgado. Loretta then hit a liner to Ledee for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory on a long night in the Lone Star State.

Notes

  • The number 17 proved significant in the game. In addition to the number of innings played, it was the Mets’ hit total. Also, the save for Wagner was his 17th of the season.
  • This was Ledee’s last game of his 10-year major league career.