September 11, 2005: Mets End Six-Game Losing Streak
|Date: September 11, 2005|
|Mets starter: Pedro Martinez|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez|
|Key player(s): Mike Jacobs, Carlos Beltran, Victor Diaz|
|Key play: Jacobs’ two doubles, Beltran’s home run, Diaz’s home run|
The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Sunday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Redbirds.
Pedro Martinez and the Cardinals’ Matt Morris each started the game with four scoreless innings pitched. In the top of the fifth, Mike Jacobs got a leadoff double and came around to score on a double by Ramon Castro. Martinez grounded out to shortstop David Eckstein. Jose Reyes hit a grounder to first baseman Albert Pujols on which Castro was thrown out at third. Morris hit Kazuo Matsui with a pitch and retired Carlos Beltran on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder John Rodriguez. Martinez then shut down the Cards in the bottom half.
David Wright doubled and moved to third base on Marlon Anderson’s sacrifice bunt to begin the top of the sixth. Morris struck out Victor Diaz and yielded a double to Jacobs that drove home Wright. A wild pitch by Morris advanced Jacobs to third. Castro drew a walk and Martinez hit a ground ball to third baseman Abraham Nunez for a force play that ended the inning. Nunez got a one-out single in the bottom half. Martinez then got Pujols on a ground ball to second baseman Matsui for an inning-ending double play.
Reyes hit a triple and came home on Matsui’s sacrifice fly to open the top of the seventh. Beltran homered to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. St. Louis reliever Cal Eldred came in to pitch and struck out Wright. Anderson singled and Victor Diaz grounded to Eldred for the third out. Martinez set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Eldred then pitched a scoreless top of the eighth.
Skip Schumaker led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to center field. Hector Luna doubled to score Schmaker for the Cardinals’ first run. Pinch-hitter Chris Duncan took a called third strike and Scott Seabol got a pinch-hit single to left field. Pinch-hitter John Gall hit into a force play to drive home Luna from third. Martinez then struck out Einar Diaz to close out the inning.
Matsui singled off Cards’ reliever Adam Wainwright to start the top of the ninth. Kazuo stole second base and moved to third on catcher Mike Mahoney’s throwing error. Beltran drew a walk and Wainwright retired Wright and Gerald Williams on consecutive line drives to third baseman John Mabry. Beltran stole second and a three-run homer by Victor Diaz ensued. Jacobs then popped out to shortstop Luna to end the inning.
Mets’ reliever Braden Looper gave up a single to Rodriguez to begin the bottom of the ninth. Mabry doubled and So Taguchi went down on strikes. Schumaker grounded out to third baseman Wright. Looper then retired Luna on a fly ball to center fielder Beltran to end the game. The Mets had broken their six-game skid.
- This was the last game the Mets played at Busch Memorial Stadium.