May 4, 2008: Three Runs in 9th Beat D'Backs

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Date: May 4, 2008
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 5
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Jorge Sosa
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Jose Reyes, Marlon Anderson
Key play: Jackson’s error, Anderson’s single, Reyes’ sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Sunday afternoon in Phoenix. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 5-2 win over Arizona.

Johan Santana and the Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the third, Brian Schneider led off with a walk and Luis Castillo hit into a force play. A sacrifice bunt by Santana moved Castillo to second base and Jose Reyes singled to drive home Luis for the first run of the game. Haren retired Ryan Church on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Eric Byrnes. Santana then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

David Wright began the top of the fourth inning with a home run. Haren set down the next two batters and Carlos Delgado doubled to center field. Schneider grounded out to first baseman Conor Jackson to end the inning and Justin Upton singled with one out in the bottom half. Santana threw a wild pitch to move Upton to second base and struck out Mark Reynolds. A triple by Chris Snyder scored Upton to reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Chris Burke was given an intentional walk and Haren went down on strikes for the third out. Haren and Santana then pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings.

Arizona reliever Doug Slaten retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. For New York, reliever Joe Smith struck out Augie Ojeda and Byrnes to begin the bottom half. Jackson followed with a single and Upton drew a walk. Reynolds singled to score Jackson and tie the game. Smith fanned Snyder to end the inning and the Mets failed to score against Slaten and reliever Juan Cruz in the top of the eighth. Mets’ relievers Pedro Feliciano and Jorge Sosa then combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Carlos Beltran singled off Diamondbacks’ reliever Chad Qualls to start the top of the ninth. Moises Alou followed with a single to center field. Delgado reached on an error by first baseman Jackson that allowed Beltran to come home and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. A sacrifice bunt by Schneider advanced the runners to second and third base. Castillo was walked intentionally to load the bases and Marlon Anderson got a pinch-hit single to score pinch-runner Endy Chavez. Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Delgado and extend the Mets’ lead to three runs. Qualls then struck out Church to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Byrnes on a pop-up to second baseman Castillo to begin the bottom of the ninth. Jackson followed up with a ground out to Castillo. Wagner then fanned Upton for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.