October 4, 2006: Game One of the NLDS

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Date: October 4, 2006
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Guillermo Mota
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, David Wright
Key play: LoDuca's double play in 2nd, Delgado's RBI single in 7th

The Mets were in the post-season for the first time in six years. They started the Division Series against the Wild Card Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After squandering a three-run lead, the Mets came up with a 6-5 win to take a one-game lead in the Series.

In the second inning, an amazing play happened. Jeff Kent and J. D. Drew led off with singles off Mets starter John Maine. Russell Martin followed with another hit that appeared would score a run for Los Angeles. However, Mets right fielder Shawn Green made a perfect play on the ball, then made a perfect cutoff throw to second baseman Jose Valentin. Jose threw home, where Kent was tagged out by catcher Paul Lo Duca. While showing the ball to the umpire, Maine alerted LoDuca of Drew coming from third. Paul turned and tagged Drew for an unusual double play.

Immediately after LoDuca's tags at the plate, the Dodgers got a run. Martin came around from second base to score on a double by Marlon Anderson, giving Los Angeles the lead.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Mets came to bat against Dodger starter Derek Lowe. Carlos Delgado hit a home run to tie it up. Later in the inning, Cliff Floyd also homered to put the Mets ahead, 2-1.

In the sixth, LoDuca and Delgado singled off Lowe. David Wright drove them home with a double to right field to extend the Mets' lead to 4-1. The Dodgers then scored three in the seventh on an RBI single by Rafael Furcal and a two-run double by Nomar Garciaparra against reliever Guillermo Mota. The game was tied, 4-4.

The Dodgers had Brad Penny on the mound in the seventh. After two walks and one out, Delgado singled off Penny to score Jose Reyes with the go-ahead run. Wright followed with his second double of the game, bringing home Carlos Beltran to make the score 6-4 in favor of the Mets.

Billy Wagner came on to pitch the ninth for the Mets. He allowed a run-scoing double to Ramon Martinez to cut the lead to one before striking out Garciaparra to end the game and earn the save.