May 14, 2007: Mets Come Back to Beat Cubs

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Date: May 14, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): David Wright, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Wright’s home run, Lo Duca’s double, Delgado’s walk in 9th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 5-4 win over Chicago.

Alfonso Soriano doubled against Mets’ starter Tom Glavine with two outs in the top of the first inning. Aramis Ramirez singled to drive home Soriano and a fly ball by Matt Murton was caught by center fielder Carlos Beltran for the third out. Chicago’s Jason Marquis pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Mark DeRosa walked to lead off the top of the second. Henry Blanco fouled out to catcher Paul Lo Duca and a double by Angel Pagan ensued. Marquis singled to score DeRosa and Pagan for a 3-0 Cubs lead. Ryan Theriot flied out to right fielder Shawn Green and a double by Cesar Izturis plated Marquis with the fourth Chicago run of the game. Glavine retired Soriano on an inning-ending fly ball to Beltran. Marquis then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third inning, Glavine set down all three Chicago batters in the top of the fourth. Carlos Delgado drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. David Wright homered for the Mets’ first two runs and Marquis retired both Green and Lo Duca on ground balls to second baseman Theriot. Damion Easley popped out to Theriot to end the inning and the Cubs failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Marquis held the Mets to a bunt single by Endy Chavez in the bottom half and singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. Glavine then got Theriot to ground out to third baseman Wright and finish off the inning.

Delgado and Wright got back-to-back singles against Marquis to begin the bottom of the sixth. Chicago reliever Will Ohman recorded a strikeout of Green. Lo Duca followed with a double off the Cubs’ Rocky Cherry to bring home Delgado and send Wright to third base. Easley hit a sacrifice fly to score Wright and tie the game at 4-4. Cherry then fanned pinch-hitter David Newhan for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Joe Smith hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Chavez got an infield single against Cherry with one out in the bottom half. Beltran drew a walk and Chicago’s Neal Cotts got Delgado on a ground ball to Theriot for an inning-ending double play. Smith and New York’s Pedro Feliciano combined for a perfect top of the eighth and Cotts retired the side in order in the bottom half. Theriot hit a two-out double against Feliciano in the top of the ninth. Izturis then grounded back to Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman for the third out of the inning.

Easley was retired on a ground ball back to Cubs’ reliever Michael Wuertz to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Julio Franco went down on strikes and Jose Reyes singled to center field. Reyes stole second base and Chavez drew a walk. Wuertz issued an intentional walk to Beltran that loaded the bases and Delgado came to bat. Carlos fouled off four two-strike pitches before drawing a walk to force home Reyes and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory.