June 1, 2005: Zambrano Leads Mets Over Diamondbacks

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Date: June 1, 2005
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 2
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Victor Zambrano
Key player(s): Victor Zambrano, Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza’s double

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Victor Zambrano pitched solidly for the win as the Mets defeated Arizona, 2-1.

Luis Gonzalez singled with two outs in the top of the first inning. Troy Glaus drew a walk and Zambrano fanned Shawn Green for the third out. A single by Jose Reyes opened the bottom half. Reyes stole second base and advanced to third on Miguel Cairo’s ground out to third baseman Glaus. Carlos Beltran grounded out to shortstop Royce Clayton to score Reyes for a 1-0 Mets lead. Diamondbacks’ starter Brandon Webb then retired Cliff Floyd on a fly ball to center fielder Jose Cruz, Jr. that closed out the inning.

Zambrano and Webb each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the seventh. Victor gave up two hits while the Mets failed to score despite a hit in each inning against Webb. Pinch-hitter Quniton McCracken singled to begin the top of the eighth. McCracken moved to second base on Craig Counsell’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Cruz’s ground out to second baseman Kazuo Matsui. Zambrano retired Gonzalez on a grounder to shortstop Reyes that ended the inning and Floyd doubled against Arizona reliever Lance Cormier to lead off the bottom half. Mike Piazza hit a double to drive home Floyd with the Mets’ second run of the game. Mike Cameron followed with a single on which Piazza got caught between bases and was tagged out by Glaus. Cormier then got David Wright on a line drive to first baseman Chad Tracy for an inning-ending double play.

Glaus singled against Zambrano to open the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Braden Looper threw a wild pitch that sent Glaus to second base. Green singled to score Glaus with the first run for the D’Backs. Tracy hit a double play ground ball to Matsui and a single by pinch-hitter Tony Clark ensued. Pinch-hitter Alex Cintron followed with a single to center field. Looper then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Kata to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Zambrano earned his third win of the season.