May 29, 2009: Santos Leads Mets Over Marlins

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Date: May 29, 2009
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 2
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Mike Pelfrey, Gary Sheffield, Omir Santos
Key play: Santos’s home run and single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Omir Santos had a home run and an RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 win in 11 innings over Florida.

Mike Pelfrey and the Marlins’ Sean West each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Chris Coghlan tripled to lead off the top of the fourth. Dan Uggla followed with a sacrifice fly to score Coghlan for a 1-0 Florida lead. Jorge Cantu hit a double and advanced to third base on John Baker’s ground out to second baseman Luis Castillo. Pelfrey hit Cody Ross with a pitch and retired Jeremy Hermida on a line drive to shortstop Ramon Martinez to end the inning. West then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Pelfrey hurled a perfect top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Santos homered to tie the game. Martinez hit a single and moved to second base on Pelfrey’s sacrifice bunt. Angel Pagan was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ross. Castillo grounded out to shortstop Emilio Bonifacio to finish off the inning and Pelfrey retired the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. West set down all three batters in the bottom half and Pelfrey retired the Marlins in order again in the top of the seventh. Martinez hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the inning. West then got Pelfrey on a fly ball to left fielder Coghlan for the inning’s third out.

Bonifacio hit a two-out single against Pelfrey in the top of the eighth. Coghlan drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Uggla on an inning-ending ground ball to Castillo. Pagan singled against the Marlins’ Kiko Calero to begin the bottom half. Castillo’s sacrifice bunt sent Pagan to second base and Carlos Beltran was given an intentional walk. Gary Sheffield drew a walk to load the bases and David Wright was struck out. Calero then retired Fernando Tatis on a fly ball to right fielder Hermida to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez yielded only a single to Ross in the top of the ninth. Florida’s Leo Nunez pitched a perfect bottom half and New York’s J. J. Putz set down the side in order in the top of the 10th. Fish reliever Dan Meyer retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning and Coghlan walked against Putz to begin the top of the 11th. Consecutive ground outs by Uggla and Cantu advanced Coghlan to second and third base, respectively. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then got pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to end the inning.

Sheffield singled against Marlins’ reliever Brian Sanches to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Wright went down on strikes. With Tatis at the plate, Sheffield stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Paulino’s throwing error. Sanches hit Tatis with a pitch and Santos came up to bat. Omir delivered a single that scored Sheffield and ended the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.