May 19, 2006: Wright's Single in 9th Beats Yanks
|Date: May 19, 2006|
|Mets starter: Geremi Gonzalez|
|Winning pitcher: Billy Wagner|
|Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Xavier Nady|
|Key play: Beltran's homer, Nady's homer, Wright's single|
The Mets and Yankees began a three-game series on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 56,289 watched as the locals combined for 21 hits in a three-hour and seven-minute battle. The Mets came out with a 7-6 win on David Wright's run-scoring single in the ninth inning.
Mets' starter Geremi Gonzalez got shelled in the top of the first. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez got RBI singles and back-to-back doubles by Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams drove in two more runs. With the bases loaded and two out, Gonzalez struck out Randy Johnson to end the inning. The Mets were behind, 4-0, before they had come to bat.
Johnson walked Jose Reyes and surrendered a single to Paul Lo Duca to open the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Beltran homered to cut the Yankee lead to 4-3. Following a single by Carlos Delgado, Johnson recorded two strikeouts and got Kazuo Matsui on a line drive to left fielder Williams. Neither team scored in the second and the Yanks got a run on Cano's sacrifice fly in the top of the third.
With two out in the bottom of the third inning, Wright got a single off Johnson. Xavier Nady followed with a home run to tie the game at 5-5. The Yankees went ahead again when Kelly Stinnett's single off Darren Oliver brought home Jeter in the fourth. The Mets came back to tie on a single by Matsui that scored Wright with two out in the bottom of the fifth.
Mets' reliever Aaron Heilman shut down the Yanks with perfect sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Meanwhile, Yankee relievers Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth combined for three shutout innings, facing the minimum nine batters. Billy Wagner then struck out all three Yankee hitters in the top of the ninth inning.
Lo Duca doubled off the Yankees' Mariano Rivera with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Beltran struck out and Delgado was given an intentional walk. Wright followed with a single to score Lo Duca and end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory to begin the weekend series against their cross-city rivals.