May 5, 2006: Mets Beat Braves in 14 Innings
|Date: May 5, 2006|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: Jorge Julio|
|Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, David Wright|
|Key play: Floyd's homer in 11th, Wright's double in 14th|
The Mets and Braves began a three-game series on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. It was a 4-hour and 47-minute game in which the Mets came from behind to force extra innings. They eventually defeated Atlanta, 8-7, with a run in the 14th inning.
The Braves got a run in each of the first two innings against Mets' starter Steve Trachsel. Brian Giles led off the game with a double and came around to score on two ground outs. In the second, Brian McCann's double brought home Brian Jordan. The Mets also got two runs on Carlos Beltran's first inning home run and Atlanta starter Kyle Davies' bases loaded walk to David Wright in the bottom of the third.
In the sixth, McCann singled home Jordan to put the Braves ahead. McCann later scored on a single by Matt Diaz. Atlanta then got run-scoring singles from Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur against reliever Chad Bradford in the seventh for a 6-2 lead. Jones was later tagged out in a rundown to prevent further scoring.
Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and Paul Lo Duca followed with a double. Macay McBride replaced Davies for the Braves before Beltran reached on an error that brought home Reyes. Carlos Delgado then singled to score Lo Duca and make it a 6-4 game. With the tying runs on base, Ken Ray came in to relieve McBride.
Beltran moved to third base on Wright's fly out against Ray. He came home when Cliff Floyd followed with a single to right field. Floyd and Delgado advanced to second and third on McCann's passed ball and Xavier Nady was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kaz Matsui then singled to score Delgado, tying the game at 6-6.
Aaron Heilman retired the Braves in order in the top of the eighth. Reyes then led off the bottom of the inning with a triple off Atlanta reliever Oscar Villareal. The Mets went on to load the bases with two out, but failed to score when Mike Remlinger got Floyd to ground out to first base. Neither team got a run in the ninth and the game headed to extra innings.
After a scoreless tenth, Wilson Betemit hit a pinch-hit home run off reliever Billy Wagner to put the Braves ahead, 7-6. Wagner got through the rest of the inning with no further runs. The Mets tied it again in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff home run by Floyd off Atlanta's Chris Reitsma.
The Mets loaded the bases against Reitsma in the 12th, but failed to score. Meanwhile, reliever Duaner Sanchez held the Braves hitless in the 12th and 13th innings. Jorge Sosa then pitched a scoreless bottom of the 13th for Atlanta.
In the top of the 14th, Jorge Julio allowed a leadoff single to Chipper Jones before retiring the next three Atlanta batters. Sosa walked Beltran with one out in the bottom half and McCann's second passed ball of the game sent Carlos to second base. Wright then doubled to score Beltran with the winning run. The Mets had an amazing victory after falling behind twice.
- This win gave the Mets a record of 20-9 on the season, putting them one-half game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds for the highest winning percentage in the National League.