September 12, 2006: Mets Come Back to Beat Marlins

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Date: September 12, 2006
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 6
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Guillermo Mota
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Delgado’s home run, Floyd’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night in Florida. The teams played the second of three games in a series at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. The Mets came back from a four-run deficit for a 6-4 win.

Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Dan Uggla singled against the Mets’ Oliver Perez with one out in the bottom half. Miguel Cabrera went down on strikes and Josh Willingham singled to advance Uggla to third base. Wes Helms hit a double to drive home Uggla and Willingham for a 2-0 Florida lead. Cody Ross drew a walk and Miguel Olivo was struck out to end the inning. Johnson shut down the Mets in the top of the second. Perez then fanned all three Fish batters in the bottom half.

Johnson gave up only a single to Perez in the top of the third. Cabrera got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Willingham followed with a two-run homer to extend the Marlins’ lead to 4-0. Helms went down on strikes and Ross drew a walk. Perez fanned Olivo for the inning’s third out and Johnson yielded just a single to Paul Lo Duca in the top of the fourth. Oliver then struck out the side in order once again in the bottom half.

Johnson held the Mets to a single by Cliff Floyd in the top of the fifth. Perez fanned Willingham for his eleventh strikeout to end a perfect bottom of the inning. Florida reliever Ricky Nolasco set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. New York’s Chad Bradford hurled a scoreless bottom half and Carlos Delgado got a leadoff single against Nolasco in the top of the seventh. David Wright doubled to score Delgado with the Mets’ first run of the game. Floyd singled off the Marlins’ Taylor Tankersley to send Wright to third base. Shawn Green was called out on strikes and a walk to Jose Valentin loaded the bases. Tankersley fanned pinch-hitter Julio Franco and got Jose Reyes on a force play ground ball to third baseman Cabrera that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Guillermo Mota then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Lo Duca singled against Tankersley to begin the top of the eighth. Carlos Beltran hit a single and Delgado slugged a three-run homer to tie the game. Wright doubled off Fish reliever Chris Resop. Floyd followed with a double against Florida’s Renyel Pinto to drive home Wright and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Green was struck out and Floyd went to third base after Valentin’s fly out to center fielder Alfredo Amezaga. Pinto threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Lastings Milledge for the inning’s final out. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then yielded only a leadoff single to Willingham in the bottom half.

Lo Duca singled against Marlins’ reliever Joe Borowski with one out in the top of the ninth. Beltran lined out to right fielder Chris Aguila and a walk to Delgado ensued. Wright hit a single to load the bases and Endy Chavez drew a walk that forced home Lo Duca with the Mets’ sixth run. Florida’s Matt Herges then retired Green on a pop-up to Cabrera for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner struck out pinch-hitter Jason Wood to begin the bottom of the ninth. Aguila and Hanley Ramirez got back-to-back singles and Uggla popped out to second baseman Valentin. Wagner then struck out Cabrera to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.