May 31, 2008: Comeback in 8th Beats Dodgers
|Date: May 31, 2008|
|Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey|
|Winning pitcher: Duaner Sanchez|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Fernando Tatis|
|Key play: Beltran's home run, Tatis's single|
The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 53,528 watched as the Mets came from behind to win. Three runs in the eighth inning lifted the home team to a 3-2 triumph over Los Angeles.
The Dodgers scored twice in the first four innings against Mets' starter Mike Pelfrey. An error by shortstop Jose Reyes allowed Juan Pierre to cross the plate in the first and Blake DeWitt's single brought home Russell Martin in the fourth. Pelfrey then pitched perfect ball from the fifth to the seventh, but the Mets did not score against Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley.
In the top of the eighth inning, Duaner Sanchez retired the Dodgers in order on three ground balls. In the bottom half, David Wright doubled off reliever Jonathan Broxton. Carlos Beltran followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Carlos Delgado singled and Damion Easley's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Nick Evans to second base. Broxton issued an intentional walk to Brian Schneider and gave up a single to Fernando Tatis that scored Evans to put the Mets on top. Joe Beimel then came in to relieve Broxton and completed the inning for Los Angeles.
In the ninth, Billy Wagner struck out all three Dodger batters of the inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory with a late three-run surge. The win raised the Mets' winning percentage on the season to the .500 mark with a 27-27 record.