October 7, 2006: Game Three of the NLDS

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Date: October 7, 2006
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 9
Dodgers: 5
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca
Key play: Mets' 3 consecutive RBI singles in 1st & 6th

The Mets came into Los Angeles with thoughts of their first sweep of a post-season series since 1969. They built a 4-0 lead in the first three innings, but still had to come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 9-5, to finish off the Division Series.

The Mets got to Los Angeles starter Greg Maddux immediately. They scored three first inning runs on consecutive RBI singles by David Wright, Cliff Floyd and Shawn Green. They added a fourth run in the third on Green's double scoring Floyd.

In the bottom of the fourth, Mets' starter Steve Trachsel ran into trouble. The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out with James Loney at the plate. Loney singled to score Jeff Kent and Russell Martin to cut the lead in half, 4-2. Darren Oliver relieved Trachsel and got Andre Ethier to line into an inning-ending double play.

The Dodgers grabbed the lead away from the Mets in the fifth. Marlon Anderson singled with two out and Kent hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Later in the inning, reliever Pedro Feliciano walked Loney with the bases loaded to put Los Angeles ahead, 5-4.

Jonathan Broxton came on to pitch for the Dodgers in the sixth. Green greeted Broxton with a double to lead off. After a walk to Michael Tucker, the Mets put together three straight run-scoring singles for the second time in the game. Jose Reyes, Paul LoDuca and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run to regain the lead for the Mets, 7-5.

In the eighth, the Mets got two more runs off Los Angeles reliever Brett Tomko. LoDuca singled home Chris Woodward and later scored on an error by Dodger third baseman Wilson Betemit.

Billy Wagner closed it out in the ninth. The game and Series ended when Green caught Ramon Martinez's foul ball in right field. The Mets had a three-game sweep and were on their way to the National League Championship Series.