June 15, 2007: Reyes Leads Mets to Win Over Yanks

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Date: June 15, 2007
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 2
Yankees: 0
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez
Key play: Reyes’ single in 3rd & homer in 5th

The Mets played the Yankees on a Friday night in the Bronx. The teams began a Subway Series in front of 55,159 fans. Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs with a single and a homer as the Mets defeated their cross-city rivals, 2-0.

Oliver Perez and the Yankees’ Roger Clemens each pitched scoreless ball over the first two innings of the game. In the top of the third, Carlos Gomez led off with a bunt single against Clemens. Gomez stole second and came around to score on Reyes’ single to center field. Clemens got through the rest of the inning with no further scoring. Perez then shut down the Yankees in the bottom half, getting Jorge Posada for his fifth strikeout to end the inning.

Neither team scored in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Reyes homered with one out off Clemens for the Mets’ second run. Perez retired the Yanks in order in the bottom half and did so again in the sixth. The Yanks’ Luis Vizcaino completed a scoreless top of the seventh in relief of Clemens. Perez then retired the Yankees 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Derek Jeter doubled to end Perez’s string of twelve consecutive batters retired. Facing reliever Pedro Feliciano, Bobby Abreu hit a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran on which Jeter went to third. Joe Smith came in and got Alex Rodriguez on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright to end the inning. The Mets were then shut down by relievers Mike Myers and Brian Bruney in the top of the ninth inning.

Billy Wagner retired Posada on a fly ball to Beltran for the first out in the bottom of the ninth. He then got Hideki Matsui on a called third strike and fanned Robinson Cano to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the intra-city weekend series.