June 18, 2008: Easley's Homer Beats Angels in 10th

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Date: June 18, 2008
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 5
Angels: 4
Winning pitcher: Duaner Sanchez
Key player(s): Damion Easley, David Wright, Jose Reyes
Key play: Wright's single in 9th, Easley's homer in 10th

The Mets faced the Angels in the finale of a three-game series in Anaheim. The teams played a three-hour and 13-minute game in front of 43,138 fans at Angel Stadium. The Mets came away with a 5-4 win on Damion Easley's home run in the 10th inning.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead against Angels' starter Jon Garland in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes led off with a single, stole second base and went to third on catcher Jeff Mathis's errant throw. David Wright's ground out scored Reyes with the first run of the game. Mets' starter Oliver Perez shut down the Angels in the bottom half and neither team scored in the second inning.

Reyes tripled and came home on Marlon Anderson's sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Carlos Delgado began the fourth with a home run off Garland to increase the Mets' lead to 3-0. The Angels got a run in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Mathis that brought home Torii Hunter. Garland then shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth.

For the Angels, Chone Figgins singled and Reggie Willits walked to open the bottom of the fifth inning. Howie Kendrick singled to load the bases and Vladimir Guerrero came to bat. Guerrero singled to score Figgins and Willits, tying the game at 3-3. Kendrick came home on a single by Hunter to put the Angels ahead by a run. Perez then completed the inning with no further scoring.

Garland and Perez each pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Darren Oliver and Jose Arredondo combined to shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Pete Smith struck out two batters in shutting down the Angels in the bottom of the inning. Neither team got a run in the eighth against relievers Scot Shields of the Angels and the Mets' Scott Schoeneweis.

In the top of the ninth inning, Reyes got a one-out single off Angels' reliever Francisco Rodriguez. After striking out Fernando Tatis, Rodriguez threw a wild pitch that allowed Reyes to advance to second base. Wright singled to score Jose and tie the game at 4-4. Duaner Sanchez then pitched a perfect bottom half to send the game into extra innings.

Justin Speier retired the first two Met batters in the top of the 10th inning. Easley followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead. Speier then got Endy Chavez to ground out to second baseman Kendrick for the final out of the inning.

Mets' reliever Billy Wagner retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the 10th. The Mets had a victory to close out the series in Anaheim. It was the team's first win for new manager, Jerry Manuel.