May 19, 2007: Wright's Homers Lead Mets Past Yanks

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Date: May 19, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 10
Yankees: 7
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): David Wright, Endy Chavez, Julio Franco
Key play: Wright’s two home runs, Franco’s single

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. David Wright hit a pair of two-run homers in a 10-7 Mets win.

Johnny Damon singled to lead off the top of the first inning. Derek Jeter went down on strikes and Hideki Matsui hit a single to center field. Alex Rodriguez drew a walk to load the bases and Jorge Posada followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes to drive home Damon. Mets’ starter Tom Glavine then got Bobby Abreu to fly out to center fielder Carlos Beltran and end the inning.

Reyes singled against the Yanks’ Darrell Rasner to open the bottom of the first. Jose stole second base and advanced to third on Endy Chavez’s infield single. Against reliever Mike Myers, Beltran hit a sacrifice fly that plated Reyes with the tying run. Carlos Delgado was struck out and Wright slugged a home run for a 3-1 Mets lead. Shawn Green reached on an error by second baseman Robinson Cano and stole second. Myers then retired Paul Lo Duca on a fly ball to right fielder Abreu that closed out the inning.

Cano hit a home run to begin the top of the second. Josh Phelps singled and Myers hit a force play grounder to second baseman Damion Easley. Damon hit a single and Jeter followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright. Matsui grounded out to first baseman Delgado to end the inning and Easley singled to open the bottom half. Damion went to second base on Glavine’s sacrifice bunt and to third as Reyes reached on Cano’s second error. Jose stole second and Chavez singled to score Easley for a 4-2 Mets lead. Endy was caught stealing on catcher Posada’s throw to Cano. Myers then got Beltran to fly out to left fielder Matsui and end the inning.

Glavine shut down the Yankees in the top of the third. Delgado got a leadoff single against Myers in the bottom half. Wright hit his second two-run homer of the game and Green drew a walk. Luis Vizcaino came in to pitch for the Yanks and got Lo Duca to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Rodriguez. Easley was retired on a fly ball to Abreu. Glavine then grounded back to Vizcaino for the inning’s final out.

Glavine hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Chavez and Beltran got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the inning. Delgado doubled to score Chavez and send Beltran to third base. Wright was given an intentional walk and Green hit a force play grounder to Cano that plated Beltran with the Mets’ eighth run. Vizcaino then got Lo Duca on a force play ground ball to shortstop Jeter that finished off the inning.

Glavine and Yanks’ reliever Ron Villone each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Phelps got an infield single against Glavine to begin the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis retired pinch-hitter Doug Mientkiewicz and Damon on infield grounders that advanced Phelps around to third base. Jeter singled to bring home Phelps and cut the Mets’ lead to 8-3. Schoeneweis retired Matsui on an inning-ending line drive to Wright. For the Yanks, reliever Brian Bruney pitched a perfect bottom half.

Rodriguez and Posada hit consecutive home runs against Schoeneweis to open the top of the eighth inning. Abreu drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Cano on a grounder to Easley. Phelps doubled to drive home Abreu and reduce the Mets’ lead to 8-6. Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi grounded out to Delgado and a walk to Damon ensued. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then got Jeter to ground out to Wright and end the inning.

Beltran drew a one-out walk against the Yankees’ Kyle Farnsworth in the bottom of the eighth. Delgado grounded out to Cano and an intentional walk to Wright followed. With pinch-hitter Julio Franco at bat, Beltran and Wright pulled off a double steal. Franco hit a single that brought home Beltran. On the play, Wright came around to score the Mets’ tenth run via Cano’s third error of the game. Farnsworth then struck out Lo Duca to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Matsui on a fly ball to Beltran to begin the top of the ninth. Rodriguez singled and moved to third base on a single by Posada. Abreu reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to score Rodriguez with the Yanks’ seventh run. Wagner then fanned both Cano and Phelps to bring the game to and end. The Mets had their second straight victory over their cross-city rivals.