May 23, 2006: Beltran Homers in 16th

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Date: May 23, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 9
Phillies: 8
Winning pitcher: Darren Oliver
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Bell
Key play: Beltran's home run

The Mets and Phillies began a three-game series at Shea Stadium on a Tuesday night. It was a lengthy battle that lasted more than five hours. In the end, the Mets had a 9-8 win on a home run by Carlos Beltran in the 16th inning.

The Phils got off to a two-run lead against Steve Trachsel in the top of the first. A single by Pat Burrell scored Chase Utley and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard brought home Bobby Abreu. The Mets came back to tie on home runs by David Wright and Cliff Floyd in the second and fourth innings off Phillies' starter Gavin Floyd.

Trachsel retired the first two batters in the fifth before walking Burrell and Howard. Shane Victorino singled to score Burrell and a three-run homer by David Bell lengthened Philadelphia's lead to 6-2. The Mets scored on a single by Beltran that brought home Endy Chavez in the bottom of the inning.

Cliff Floyd and Kazuo Matsui started the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back doubles off Gavin Floyd, cutting the Phils' lead to two runs. Pinch-hitter Julio Franco added a double off reliever Aaron Fultz to score Matsui to make it a 6-5 game. Bell then doubled off Aaron Heilman for two more Phillie runs in the top of the seventh.

Chavez got a two-out single off the Phils' Ryan Franklin in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Chris Woodward followed with a double to score Chavez. Jose Reyes then hit a two-run homer to tie the game, 8-8. Neither team scored in the ninth and extra innings were needed.

Mets' relievers Duaner Sanchez, Billy Wagner and Chad Bradford held the Phillies scoreless through the 12th inning. Darren Oliver followed up with four more innings of shutout ball, allowing only two Philadelphia hits. Meanwhile, the Phils' Ryan Madson held down the Mets with seven full innings of shutout relief.

Beltran led off the bottom of the 16th against Madson. Carlos blasted a home run to win the game for the Mets. The series-opening marathon was over at nearly a half an hour after midnight.