May 11, 2010: Carter's Double in Debut Caps Comeback

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Date: May 11, 2010
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 8
Nationals: 6
Winning pitcher: Raul Valdes
Key player(s): David Wright, Jason Bay, Chris Carter
Key play: Carter's double in 8th

The Mets faced the Washington Nationals on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The crowd of 31,606 was treated to a late comeback by the Mets that resulted in an 8-6 win. Chris Carter drove home the winning run in his first at bat as a Met.

The Nationals scored three runs in the first inning against Mets' starter Jonathon Niese. Cristian Guzman drew a one-out walk and Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single to left field. Adam Dunn then hit a ball down the right field line that landed in fair territory for a home run. In the second, Washington loaded the bases with two out before Niese got Zimmerman for an inning-ending force play grounder.

Jason Bay and David Wright started the bottom of the second with singles off Nationals' starter Scott Olsen. Ike Davis hit into a double play, but Jeff Francoeur singled to left field to score Bay. Francoeur then stole second base, where he was left stranded after Olsen got Rod Barajas for an inning-ending ground out.

In the top of the fifth, Washington again loaded the bases against Niese. Ivan Rodriguez then delivered a one-out single to score Guzman and Zimmerman. Manny Acosta came in to relieve Niese and gave up a single to Ian Desmond that brought home Josh Willingham for a 6-1 Nationals lead. The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Olsen retired Jose Reyes and Bay on fly balls to end the scoring chance.

Francoeur's sacrifice fly scored Wright in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the eighth, the Nats failed to add to their four-run lead against Raul Valdes. With runners on second and third and two out, Valdes got Dunn on a ground ball to end the inning.

Brian Bruney came in to pitch for Washington in the bottom of the eighth. Bay led off with a single and Wright doubled to right field, sending Bay to third base. Davis reached first base on shortstop Desmond's errant throw on which Bay scored. Bruney was then replaced by reliever Tyler Clippard.

Following a strikeout, Barajas hit a double off Clippard to score Wright and Davis. Rod moved to third on Alex Cora's infield single and came home on Angel Pagan's single to right field. The game was tied, 6-6.

Carter came up to pinch-hit for Valdes. Just recalled from Buffalo, Chris hit Clippard's second pitch into right field for the Mets' third double of the inning. Cora scored easily from second base to give the Mets a 7-6 Mets lead. Before the inning ended, Bay walked with the bases loaded to force home another run.

Francisco Rodriguez retired the Nats in order in the top of the ninth. The final out came when Davis made a diving catch into the Mets' dugout on Desmond's foul ball. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.

Notes

  • The win for Valdes was the first of his major league career.