May 2, 2008: Three-Run 1st Bites Snakes

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Date: May 2, 2008
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 7
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): Ryan Church, David Wright, Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes’ triple, Church’s sacrifice fly and homer, Wright’s home run

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Friday night in Arizona. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the first inning and came away with a 7-2 win over the Snakes.

Jose Reyes hit a triple against Diamondbacks’ starter Micah Owings to lead off the top of the first. Ryan Church followed with a sacrifice fly to drive home Reyes. David Wright singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. Carlos Beltran drew a walk and advanced to third as Moises Alou reached on second baseman Orlando Hudson’s error that brought home Wright. Carlos Delgado hit a single to score Beltran for a 3-0 Mets lead. Owings got Raul Casanova to fly out to center fielder Chris Young and got Luis Castillo on a ground ball to catcher Miguel Montero for the third out. Mets’ starter John Maine then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Reyes got a one-out double in the top of the second. Church doubled to bring home Reyes with the Mets fourth run and Owings retired both Wright and Beltran on pop-ups to Hudson that closed out the inning. Justin Upton hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Upton moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Montero. A wild pitch sent Montero to third and Owings drew a walk. Young singled to drive home Montero and cut the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Maine then struck out Eric Byrnes and retired Hudson on a pop-up to third baseman Wright to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless third, Church hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fourth. Wright doubled and Beltran grounded out to first baseman Conor Jackson to end the inning. Maine hurled a perfect bottom half and Owings gave up just a single to Delgado in the top of the fifth. Hudson hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Jackson got an infield single and Mark Reynolds went down on strikes. Maine then retired Stephen Drew on a fly ball to left fielder Alou to close out the inning.

Reyes singled with one out in the top of the sixth. Church was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Reynolds. Reyes stole second base and Wright slugged a homer to increase the Mets’ lead to five runs. Beltran drew a walk and Owings was replaced on the mound by Arizona reliever Brandon Medders. With Alou at bat, Beltran stole second. Moises walked and Medders retired Delgado on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Byrnes. Maine then set down the D’Backs in order in the bottom half.

Snakes’ reliever Doug Slaten pitched a perfect top of the seventh. New York’s Joe Smith retired all three batters in the bottom of the inning and Reyes tripled against Arizona’s Juan Cruz to open the top of the eighth. Trying to score on his own hit (and complete a cycle), Reyes was out at home via a relay throw by second baseman Augie Ojeda to Montero. Cruz got Church to fly out to Young and struck out Wright to end the inning. Drew walked against Smith with two outs in the bottom half. Upton singled to send Drew to third base and went to second on a throw. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then retired Montero on a grounder to Wright to close out the inning.

Diamondbacks’ reliever Tony Pena pitched a perfect top of the ninth. The Mets’ Duaner Sanchez threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jeff Salazar to start the bottom half. Young grounded out to shortstop Reyes. Sanchez then fanned Byrnes for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to begin the weekend series.