June 7, 2006: Mets Outduel Dodgers

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Date: June 7, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 7
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Julio Franco, Carlos Beltran, Lastings Milledge
Key play: Franco’s two-run single, Beltran’s RBI singles, Milledge’s triple and homer

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The teams combined for twenty-four hits in the finale of a three-game series. The Mets emerged with a 9-7 win.

Carlos Beltran singled against Dodgers’ starter Odalis Perez with two outs in the top of the first. David Wright hit a single and a double steal advanced the runners to second and third base. Julio Franco followed with a single to drive home Beltran and Wright. Jose Valentin doubled to score Franco and moved to third on a throw. Lastings Milledge hit a triple to bring home Valentin and increase the Mets’ lead to four runs. Perez retired Endy Chavez on a ground ball to second baseman Ramon Martinez for the third out and Rafael Furcal homered against the Mets’ Tom Glavine to lead off the bottom half. Kenny Lofton grounded out to Glavine and a single by Nomar Garciaparra ensued. Matt Kemp then hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright for an inning-ending double play.

Glavine drew a walk to open the top of the second. Chris Woodward singled and Paul Lo Duca followed with a force play bunt back to Perez. Beltran hit a single to score Glavine with the Mets’ fifth run and Wright grounded to third baseman Joel Guzman for a double play that ended the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Jose Cruz, Jr. walked and advanced to third base on a single by Martinez. Russell Martin singled to bring home Cruz and a force play bunt by Perez followed. Furcal slugged a three-run homer to tie the game at 5-5. Glavine then struck out Lofton to end the inning.

Perez set down the Mets in order in the top of the third. Glavine gave up just a single to Kemp in the bottom half and Woodward got a two-out single against Perez in the top of the fourth. Lo Duca singled and Beltran hit a single to score Woodward. Wright hit a single to drive home Lo Duca for a 7-5 Mets lead. Dodgers’ reliever Jae Seo threw a called third strike past Franco to close out the inning and Cruz homered for the sixth Los Angeles run to begin the bottom half. Martinez and Martin were retired on infield ground balls. Glavine then got Seo to line out to right fielder Chavez and finish off the inning.

Seo yielded only a single to Valentin in the top of the fifth. Glavine surrendered just a walk to Garciaparra in the bottom half and Seo shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Cruz drew a one-out walk against Glavine in the bottom of the inning. Mets’ reliever Chad Bradford got Martinez to hit a force play grounder to Wright. Bradford then retired Martin on a ground ball to catcher Lo Duca for the inning’s final out.

Wright singled against Seo to lead off the top of the seventh. Franco was retired on a pop-up to Martinez. Valentin grounded out to shortstop Furcal and a home run by Milledge extended the Mets’ lead to 9-6. Los Angeles reliever Hong-Chih Kuo fanned Chavez to end the inning and Willy Aybar singled against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman to begin the bottom half. Furcal was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran. Heilman then got Lofton on a ground ball to second baseman Valentin for a double play to close out the inning.

Kuo pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Garciaparra singled against Mets’ reliever Duaner Sanchez to open the bottom half. On his own hit, Garciaparra was out at second base via a throw by left fielder Milledge to Valentin. Kemp grounded out to shortstop Woodward and a walk to pinch-hitter J. D. Drew ensued. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier doubled for the game’s twenty-fourth hit, driving home Drew with the Dodgers’ seventh run. Sanchez then struck out pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to end the inning.

Los Angeles reliever Danys Baez hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. New York’s Billy Wagner retired Martin on a ground ball to Wright to open the bottom half. Aybar grounded out to Valentin. Wagner then got Furcal to hit a grounder back to the mound for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.