June 2, 2005: Martinez and Long Hits Put Bite on Snakes

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Date: June 2, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 6
Diamondbacks: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd, Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Beltrans’ home run, Floyd’s double in 4th, Matsui’s double in 6th

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams concluded a three-game series in front of 28,260 fans on hand. Pedro Martinez and a pair of three-run innings led the Mets to a 6-1 win over Arizona.

Martinez and the Snakes’ Shawn Estes each pitched a perfect first inning. With two outs in the top of the second, Tony Clark hit a home run for a 1-0 Arizona lead. Alex Cintron doubled and Chris Snyder grounded back to Martinez to close out the inning. Estes held the Mets to a double by Cliff Floyd in the bottom half and flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran to lead off the top of the third. Craig Counsell hit a double and Jose Cruz, Jr. was retired on a fly ball to Beltran. Martinez got Luis Gonzalez on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Kazuo Matsui. Estes then set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

The Diamondbacks were retired in order by Martinez in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Beltran homered to tie the game. Mike Piazza drew a walk and came around to score the go-ahead run on Floyd’s second double. On his own hit, Floyd advanced to third base via an error by second baseman Counsell. A wild pitch scored Floyd to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and single by David Wright ensued. Chris Woodward flied out to right fielder Shawn Green and another error by Counsell allowed Matsui to reach base. Estes then threw a called third strike past Martinez for the inning’s final out.

Following a scoreless fifth, Martinez set down all three D’Backs hitters in the top of the sixth. Wright reached on Counsell’s third error of the game with one out in the bottom of the inning. David moved to third base on Woodward’s single to left field. Matsui followed with a double that brought home Wright and Woodward for a 5-1 New York lead. Martinez got an infield single and Jose Reyes singled to plate Matsui with the Mets’ sixth run. Estes was then replaced on the mound by Snakes’ reliever Mike Koplove, who got Mike Cameron to hit a ground ball to shortstop Cintron for an inning-ending double play.

Martinez limited the Diamondbacks to a single by Clark in the top of the seventh inning. Koplove hurled a perfect bottom half and Snyder singled (and moved to second base on right fielder Cameron’s error) to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Quinton McCracken went down on strikes and Counsell flied out to Beltran. Martinez retired Cruz on a ground ball to shortstop Reyes that ended the inning. Arizona reliever Jose Valverde then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman fanned Gonzalez to start the top of the ninth. Troy Glaus singled and advanced to third base on a single by Green. Clark followed with a grounder on which Heilman threw to catcher Ramon Castro for an out at home on Glaus. Cintron then grounded back to Heilman to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.