June 3, 2008: Eight Runs in 5th Bury Giants

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Date: June 3, 2008
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 9
Giants: 6
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Damion Easley
Key play: Beltran’s double, Easley’s double

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night. The teams played the second of three games at a series in San Francisco. The Mets scored eight runs in the fifth inning and came away with a 9-6 win.

Jose Reyes reached on an error by third baseman Rich Aurelia to lead off the top of the first. An ensuing single by Damion Easley advanced Reyes to third base. David Wright hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Reyes with the first run of the game. Giants’ starter Barry Zito then got Carlos Beltran on a ground ball to shortstop Omar Vizquel for a double play that ended the inning.

To begin the bottom of the first, Fred Lewis singled to center field. With one out and Randy Winn at bat, Lewis stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Ramon Castro. A double by Winn scored Lewis to tie the game. Bengie Molina hit a grounder on which shortstop Reyes threw to third baseman Wright for an out on Winn. Mets’ starter Pedro Martinez then retired Aaron Rowand on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran for the inning’s third out.

Zito and Martinez each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. To open the top of the fifth, Easley drew a walk and moved to second base on a single by Wright. Beltran doubled to score Easley (putting the Mets ahead) and send Wright to third. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Church brought home Wright and a walk to Fernando Tatis followed. Carlos Delgado hit a single to plate Beltran for a 4-1 Mets lead. Zito was then replaced on the mound by San Francisco reliever Vinnie Chulk.

Castro greeted Chulk with a single to load the bases. Martinez singled to score Tatis with the Mets’ fifth run and Reyes reached on an error by second baseman Ray Durham to bring home Delgado. Easley connected for a double that scored Castro, Martinez and Reyes for eight runs in the inning and a 9-1 New York lead. Wright flied out to right fielder Winn. Chulk then got Beltran to fly out to center fielder Rowand and end the inning.

Lewis hit a leadoff double and moved to third base on a pinch-hit double by Travis Denker in the bottom of the fifth. Winn singled to score Lewis and a fly ball by Molina was caught by left fielder Tatis. Rowand grounded out to second baseman Easley to drive home Denker from third base. John Bowker flied out to right fielder Church to finish off the inning. Chulk shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. In the bottom half, Aurelia led off with a double and advanced to third base on a single by Vizquel. Martinez then retired the next three Giants batters to close out the inning.

San Francisco reliever Pat Misch pitched a perfect top of the seventh inning. For the Mets, Pete Smith set down the side in order in the bottom half. Misch retired the Mets 1-2-3 again in the top of the eighth and reliever Pedro Feliciano set down all three Giants hitters in the bottom of the inning. Misch then hurled another perfect inning in the top of the ninth.

Steve Holm (pinch-hitting for Misch) and Lewis drew back-to-back walks against Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Denker followed with a three-run homer. Winn lined out to Easley and a single by Molina ensued. Billy Wagner then came in to pitch for the Mets and got Rowand to hit a ground ball to Reyes for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory as their eight-run fifth inning stood up.