May 3, 2007: Easley and Wright Bite Snakes in 9th

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Date: May 3, 2007
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 9
Diamondbacks: 4
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): Damion Easley, David Wright, Moises Alou
Key play: Easley’s and Wright’s homers in 9th

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Thursday night in Arizona. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Damion Easley and David Wright hit three-run homers in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 9-4 win.

After a scoreless first, Snakes’ starter Micah Owings surrendered only a walk to Moises Alou in the top of the second. Eric Byrnes tripled against the Mets’ Tom Glavine to lead off the bottom half. Carlos Quentin grounded out to third baseman Wright and a single by Stephen Drew brought home Byrnes for a 1-0 D’Backs lead. Chris Snyder was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Alou. Glavine then got Alberto Callaspo to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes for the inning’s final out.

Owings set down the side in order in the top of the third. Glavine pitched a perfect bottom half and Carlos Beltran drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Carlos Delgado popped out to second baseman Orlando Hudson and a double by Alou drove home Beltran. Shawn Green walked and Paul Lo Duca hit a single to score Alou for a 2-1 Mets lead. On the play, Green got caught between bases and was tagged out by shortstop Drew to end the inning. Glavine then retired all three Arizona batters in the bottom half.

Owings yielded just a single to Glavine in the top of the fifth. Drew singled to begin the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch moved Drew to second base and Snyder slugged a two-run homer to put the Snakes ahead, 3-2. Callaspo flied out to Alou and a strikeout of Owings ensued. Chris Young was retired on a fly ball to Alou that closed out the inning. Leading off the top of the sixth, Beltran homered to tie the game. Delgado was struck out and Alou singled to center field. Green flied out to left fielder Byrnes and a wild pitch sent pinch-runner Endy Chavez to second. Owings then got Lo Duca to ground out to Drew and finish off the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Hudson hit a home run for a 4-3 Diamondbacks lead. Glavine threw a called third strike past Byrnes and retired Quentin on an inning-ending ground ball to Reyes. Arizona reliever Tony Pena pitched a scoreless top of the seventh and the Mets’ Pedro Feliciano set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. For the D’Backs, reliever Brandon Lyon hurled a perfect top of the eighth. New York’s Aaron Heilman then retired all three hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Snakes’ reliever Jose Valverde struck out Chavez to start the top of the ninth. Green reached on first baseman Tony Clark’s error and a walk to Lo Duca followed. Easley slugged a home run to put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Pinch-hitter Julio Franco drew a walk and Reyes singled. Against Arizona’s Dustin Nippert, Wright hit the Mets’ second three-run homer of the inning for a five-run New York lead. Beltran flied out to Byrnes and a single by Delgado ensued. Nippert then fanned Chavez for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Scott Schoeneweis retired Hudson on a grounder to Wright to begin the bottom of the ninth. Byrnes drew a walk and Quentin lined out to right fielder Green. Drew hit a single to left field. Schoeneweis then got Snyder on a force play ground ball to Reyes that ended the game. The Mets had a victory with a last-inning explosion.