May 10, 2009: Mets Win 7th in a Row

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Date: May 10, 2009
Mets starter: Livan Hernandez
Mets: 8
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Livan Hernandez
Key player(s): Omir Santos, Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Santos’s two-run single, Castillo’s sacrifice fly, Beltran’s double

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets recorded their seventh consecutive win with an 8-4 victory over Pittsburgh.

Nyjer Morgan led off the top of the first inning with a single to left field. Morgan stole second base and advanced to third on a single by Delwyn Young. Nate McLouth hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Morgan for a 1-0 Pirates lead. Adam LaRoche drew a walk and Mets’ starter Livan Hernandez struck out Eric Hinske. Andy LaRoche hit a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes for an inning-ending force out on his brother Adam at second. Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, McLouth led off the top of the third with a double to left field. Adam LaRoche popped out to third baseman David Wright and a walk to Hinske ensued. Andy LaRoche grounded out to Hernandez and a single by Robinzon Diaz scored McLouth for the Bucs’ second run. Hernandez struck out Brian Bixler to end the inning. Snell shut down the Mets in the bottom half and singled to begin the top of the fourth. Morgan’s sacrifice bunt moved Snell to second base and Young grounded out to Reyes. Hernandez then retired McLouth on a ground ball to Reyes for the final out of the inning.

Carlos Delgado hit a double with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Wright singled to drive home Delgado and stole second base. Daniel Murphy drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. An ensuing single by Omir Santos plated Wright and Murphy to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Trying to advance on his own hit, Santos was out at second on a throw by right fielder Hinske to shortstop Bixler. Ryan Church was retired on a pop-up to Bixler for the third out. Hernandez and Snell then pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth innings.

Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano shut down the Pirates in the top of the seventh. Facing Pittsburgh’s Sean Burnett with one out in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Gary Sheffield reached on an error by Bixler. Reyes singled to right field and a single by Luis Castillo brought home Sheffield from second base. After a double steal, Carlos Beltran was walked intentionally to load the bases. Delgado popped out to second baseman Young. Bucs’ reliever Jesse Chavez then came in to pitch and struck out Wright to end the inning.

For the Mets, J. J. Putz pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Santos singled off the Pirates’ John Grabow with one out in the bottom half. Church singled to center field and pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Reyes drew a walk to force home Santos and extend the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Castillo hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Church. Beltran doubled to score Tatis and Reyes for two more New York runs. Grabow then threw a called third strike past Delgado for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Sean Green walked Young to begin the top of the ninth. McLouth hit a two-run homer and Adam LaRoche flied out to left fielder Jeremy Reed. Hinske followed with a ground out to second baseman Castillo. Green then retired Andy LaRoche on a game-ending pop-up to Reyes. The Mets had a sweep of a three-game series and their seventh win in a row.