May 17, 2007: Five Runs in 9th Overtake Cubs

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Date: May 17, 2007
Mets starter: Jason Vargas
Mets: 6
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Ambiorix Burgos
Key player(s): Ruben Gotay, Ambiorix Burgos, Carlos Delgado
Key play: Mets’ five runs in 9th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Thursday afternoon. The teams played the finale of a four-game series at Shea Stadium. The Mets scored five runs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 comeback win over Chicago.

Making his first start with the Mets, Jason Vargas retired the Cubs in order in each of the first three innings. Chicago starter Angel Guzman responded with three innings of two-hit scoreless ball. In the top of the fourth, Angel Pagan got a one-out single and stole second base. Alfonso Soriano flied out to left fielder Carlos Gomez. An ensuing single by Aramis Ramirez scored Pagan for the first run of the game. Vargas struck out Matt Murton to end the inning. The Mets had two runners on base with two outs in the bottom half. Guzman then got Gomez to hit into an inning-ending force play.

Vargas set down the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth inning. With one out in the bottom half, Endy Chavez singled and stole second base. Ruben Gotay followed with a double that brought home Chavez to tie the game. Shawn Green hit a single and Carlos Delgado grounded back to Guzman for a double play. Two-run homers by Pagan and Ramirez in the top of the sixth gave Chicago a 5-1 lead. Cubs’ reliever Michael Wuertz then shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

The Cubs failed to score against Vargas in the top of the seventh inning. Wuertz and Chicago reliever Will Ohman combined for a perfect bottom half. Mets’ reliever Ambiorix Burgos pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Ohman recorded his third and fourth strikeouts of the game while setting down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. Burgos then retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

David Newhan opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a single off Chicago’s Ryan Dempster. Ramon Castro lined out to right fielder Murton and a single by Gomez moved Newhan to third base. Dempster walked pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran to load the bases and a walk to Chavez forced home Newhan. Gotay singled to score Gomez and cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-3. Scott Eyre then came in to pitch for Chicago.

Pinch-hitter David Wright greeted Eyre with a single that brought home Beltran. Delgado followed with a single to right field. On Carlos’s hit, Chavez and Gotay came home with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory.


  • The win for Burgos was his only one as a Met and the last of his major league career.