May 18, 2007: Chavez Homer Lifts Mets Over Yanks
|Date: May 18, 2007|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez|
|Key player(s): Endy Chavez|
|Key play: Chavez's home run in 5th|
The Mets and Yankees began their three-game Subway Series on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams had a quick two-hour and eighteen-minute game. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win as Endy Chavez's fifth inning home run put them ahead to stay.
Mets' starter Oliver Perez shut down the Yankees for the first three innings. He allowed a single in the first and retired the side in order in the second and third. Meanwhile, the Mets took a 1-0 lead on Carlos Delgado's sacrifice fly that brought home Jose Reyes in the bottom of the first inning.
In the fourth, Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer off Perez to put the Yanks ahead. Oliver followed up with a perfect top of the fifth. The Mets reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning when Paul Lo Duca doubled and Chavez followed with a home run off the Yankees' Andy Pettitte.
Perez kept the Yanks scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, he struck out Bobby Abreu and Johnny Damon before Joe Smith was called in from the bullpen. Smith got Derek Jeter on a called third strike for the final out of the inning. Yankees' reliever Scott Proctor then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.
In the ninth, Billy Wagner retired the first two hitters before Matsui singled. He then struck out pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the Subway Series weekend.