September 10, 2008: Mets Hold Off Nats in Scoring Battle

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Date: September 10, 2008
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 13
Nationals: 10
Winning pitcher: Joe Smith
Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Fernando Tatis, Brian Schneider
Key play: Wright’s four hits, Beltran’s and Tatis’s doubles, Schneider’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second half of a two-game series in front of 52,431 fans on hand. The Mets countered a Washington comeback and came away with a 13-10 win.

Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Jose Reyes drew a walk against the Nats’ Odalis Perez. Ryan Church hit a double play ground ball to shortstop Cristian Guzman and a double by David Wright ensued. Carlos Beltran singled to drive home Wright with the first run of the game. Perez then got Carlos Delgado to ground out to first baseman Kory Casto and end the inning.

With one out in the top of the second, Elijah Dukes hit a home run to tie the game. Casto grounded out to second baseman Damion Easley and a double by Wil Nieves followed. Roger Bernadina drew a walk and Perez grounded back to Pelfrey for the inning’s final out. Perez shut down the Mets in the bottom half. Pelfrey then held the Nationals to a double by Ryan Zimmerman in a scoreless top of the third.

Reyes got a one-out single in the bottom of the third inning. Jose stole second base and Church drew a walk. Reyes stole third and scored on Wright’s ensuing single to put the Mets ahead by a run. Beltran doubled to bring home Church and send Wright to third. Delgado was walked intentionally to load the bases and Fernando Tatis hit a double that plated Wright and Beltran. Easley singled to drive home Wright. On Damion’s hit, Tatis also scored via an error by catcher Nieves for a 7-1 Mets lead. Brian Schneider flied out to left fielder Bernadina. Perez then fanned Pelfrey to close out the inning.

Dukes doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Casto grounded out to Easley and a single by Nieves scored Dukes. Bernadina hit a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for an inning-ending double play and Washington reliever Levale Speigner pitched a scoreless bottom half. To begin the top of the fifth, pinch-hitter Pete Orr singled and Emilio Bonifacio hit a force play grounder to Easley. Bonifacio moved to third base and Guzman’s single and scored on Zimmerman’s ground out to third baseman Wright. Lastings Milledge drew a walk and Dukes was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Casto singled to drive home Guzman and Milledge, cutting the Mets’ lead to 7-5. Pelfrey got Nieves to hit a grounder on which catcher Schneider threw to first baseman Delgado for the third out of the inning. Nationals’ reliever Garrett Mock then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Bernadina drew a walk against the Mets’ Aaron Heilman to open the top of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans popped out to Easley and a force play grounder by Bonifacio followed. Guzman hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Joe Smith came in to pitch for the Mets and got Zimmerman on an inning-ending ground ball to Reyes. Washington reliever Mike Hinckley set down the side in order in the bottom half. Smith then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh.

Wright got a leadoff single against the Nats’ Saul Rivera in the bottom of the seventh inning. David went to third base on Beltran’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Delgado to put the Mets back on top. Tatis singled and an error by Guzman on a pickoff attempt put New York runners on second and third. Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy drew a walk to load the bases and Beltran scored on a wild pitch. Schneider hit a single that brought home Tatis and Murphy for an 11-7 Mets lead. Trying to advance on his own hit, Schneider was out via a throw by Bernadina to second baseman Bonifacio. Rivera then retired Reyes on a grounder to Bonifacio that ended the inning.

Aaron Boone singled against Mets’ reliever Brian Stokes with one out in the top of the eighth. Bonifacio drew a walk and Guzman hit his second homer of the game to reduce the New York lead to 11-10. Stokes got Zimmerman on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran and retired Milledge on an inning-ending ground ball to Wright. Church drew a one-out walk against Washington’s Joel Hanrahan in the bottom half. Wright followed with a two-run homer (David’s fourth hit) and Beltran flied out to Bernadina. Hanrahan then got Delgado on a fly ball to Bernadina to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala retired Dukes on a grounder to second baseman Argenis Reyes to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Willie Harris flied out to left fielder Endy Chavez. Ayala then got pinch-hitter Anderson Hernandez on a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. The Mets had a victory in a high-scoring contest.