May 27, 2005: Martinez Fans 10 in Win Over Fish

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Date: May 27, 2005
Mets starter: Pedro Martinez
Mets: 1
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez
Key player(s): Pedro Martinez, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Floyd’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night in Miami, Florida. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Pedro Martinez recorded ten strikeouts in eight innings in a 1-0 Mets win over the Fish.

Marlins’ starter Brian Moehler set down all nine batters from the first inning to the third. Martinez responded by fanning three Florida hitters in pitching two-hit scoreless ball in the bottom halves. Mike Cameron hit a double with two outs in the top of the fourth. Cliff Floyd followed with a double that brought home Cameron for a one-run Mets lead. Moehler retired Mike Piazza on a grounder to shortstop Alex Gonzalez to close out the inning. Martinez then chalked up a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless bottom half.

Moehler hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Mike Lowell singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Trying to advance on his own hit, Lowell was out via a throw by left fielder Floyd to second baseman Miguel Cairo. Martinez got Damion Easley and Gonzalez on consecutive fly balls to Floyd for the inning’s final outs and Moehler retired the Mets in order once again in the top of the sixth. Martinez got Moehler to ground out to Cairo to begin the bottom half. Pedro then struck out both Juan Pierre and Paul Lo Duca to finish off the inning.

Moehler gave up only a double to Cameron in the top of the seventh. Carlos Delgado hit a double to open the bottom half. Delgado advanced to third base after Miguel Cabrera’s fly out to right fielder Eric Valent. Martinez threw a called third strike past Juan Encarnacion and fanned Lowell to end the inning. Moehler yielded just a double to Valent in the top of the eighth. Easley and Gonzalez were retired on fly balls to Valent to begin the bottom half. Martinez then got pinch-hitter Joe Dillon for his tenth strikeout of the game to finish off the inning.

Florida reliever Jim Mecir gave up just a single to Cairo in the top of the ninth. The Mets’ Braden Looper retired Pierre on a grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes to start the bottom half. Looper then got both Lo Duca and Delgado on ground balls to Cairo for the game’s final outs. The Mets had a shutout victory.