June 24, 2005: Mets Start Subway Series With Win

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Date: June 24, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 6
Yankees: 4
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Doug Mientkiewicz
Key play: Mets’ three runs in 2nd

The Mets and Yankees began a Subway Series on a Friday night. A crowd of 55,297 was on hand for the first of three battles between the New York teams. With four sacrifice flies and a pair of home runs, the Mets came away with a 6-4 win.

The Mets failed to score against Yanks’ starter Mike Mussina in the top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Derek Jeter homered to put the Bronx guys ahead by a run. Robinson Cano popped out to third baseman David Wright and back-to back singles by Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez ensued. Hideki Matsui’s ground out to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz advanced the runners to second and third base. Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez then retired Bernie Williams on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Marlon Anderson.

Anderson singled to open the top of the second inning. Wright drew a walk and Mientkiewicz got a bunt single to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Ramon Castro brought home Anderson to tie the game. Jose Reyes reached first base via a sacrifice fly (scoring Wright from third) on which center fielder Williams made an error. Mussina’s wild pickoff throw allowed Mientkiewicz to advance to third and Reyes to second. Mike Cameron hit a sacrifice fly to plate Mientkiewicz and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Carlos Beltran popped out to shortstop Jeter to end the inning. Martinez then set down the Yankees in order in the bottom half.

Cliff Floyd hit a home run to lead off the top of the third. Mussina retired the next three Mets batters and Jeter walked to begin the bottom of the inning. Cano’s ground out to Wright moved Jeter to second base. Sheffield grounded out to Wright and a single by Rodriguez drove home Jeter. Rodriguez stole second base and Matsui drew a walk. Martinez fanned Williams for the third out. Mussina pitched a perfect top of the fourth inning. Pedro then retired the Yanks 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Beltran homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Floyd flied out to Williams and a double by Mike Piazza followed. Anderson grounded out to second baseman Cano to close out the inning. After a leadoff single by Jeter in the bottom half, Martinez shut down the Yankees on three fly balls to right fielder Cameron. Mussina and Martinez each retired the side in order in the sixth and Yanks’ reliever Tanyon Sturtze pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Pedro hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Sturtze shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Rodriguez singled with two outs in the bottom half. Martinez then retired Matsui on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to end the inning.

Mientkiewicz doubled against the Yanks’ Paul Quantrill to begin the top of the ninth. Castro grounded out to Cano to send Mientkiewicz to third base. Doug scored on Reyes’ second sacrifice fly of the game (and the Mets’ fourth) to make the score 6-2. Quantrill then retired Cameron on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Sheffield.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper issued a one-out walk to Jorge Posada in the bottom of the ninth. An ensuing homer by Tino Martinez cut the Mets’ lead to two runs. Tony Womack grounded out to Wright. Jeter singled to keep the game alive. Looper then got Cano on a ground ball to Anderson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a win over their cross-city rivals to start the weekend series.