September 13, 2006: Three Runs in 11th Sink Marlins

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Date: September 13, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 7
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca, Jose Reyes, Aaron Heilman
Key play: Delgado’s single, Olivo’s passed ball in 11th, Reyes’ and Lo Duca’s singles in 11th

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Florida. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. In the 11th inning, the Mets scored three runs for a 7-4 win.

Tom Glavine and the Marlins’ Scott Olsen each pitched one-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Olsen set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Miguel Cabrera got a one-out single in the bottom half. Josh Willingham doubled to drive home Cabrera and scored on Wes Helms’ sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Florida lead. Cody Ross drew a walk and Glavine struck out Joe Borchard to end the inning. Olsen retired all three Mets batters in the top of the fifth and Hanley Ramirez doubled with two outs in the bottom half. On his own hit, Ramirez was out via a throw by center fielder Carlos Beltran to third baseman David Wright to finish off the inning.

Glavine drew a walk with one out in the top of the sixth. Jose Reyes singled and a passed ball by catcher Miguel Olivo advanced the runners to second and third base. Paul Lo Duca hit a double that scored Glavine and Reyes with the tying runs. Beltran grounded out to shortstop Ramirez and an intentional walk to Wright followed. Julio Franco singled to bring home Beltran for a 3-2 Mets lead. Trying to score on the hit, Wright was out at home via first baseman Helms’ throw to Olivo to end the inning.

Dan Uggla got a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth. Cabrera grounded out to Wright and a two-run homer by Willingham put the Fish ahead, 4-3. Glavine retired the next two hitters to close out the inning and Olsen gave up just a single to Lastings Milledge in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez hurled a perfect bottom half and Olsen yielded only a single to Reyes in the top of the eighth. Against New York’s Guillermo Mota, the Fish had runners on first and third base with one out. Mota then struck out Willingham and got Helms on a pop-up to shortstop Reyes for the inning’s final out.

Wright singled against Marlins’ reliever Joe Borowski to open the top of the ninth. Franco went down on strikes and Cliff Floyd drew a walk. Jose Valentin was retired on a foul pop-up to Olivo. Pinch-hitter Carlos Delgado hit a single to drive home Wright and tie the game at 4-4. Borowski got pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee on a fly ball to center fielder Alfredo Amezaga that closed out the inning. Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman then pitched a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.

Florida reliever Matt Herges hurled a scoreless top of the 10th. Heilman retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Valentin doubled against Herges with one out in the top of the 11th. Pinch-hitter Shawn Green was hit by a pitch and Ledee followed with a force play ground ball to second baseman Uggla. With Reyes at bat, Olivo’s second passed ball allowed Valentin to come home from third base and send Ledee to second. Jose got a single that scored Ledee for a 6-4 Mets lead and moved to second on Ramirez’s throwing error. Lo Duca singled to bring home Reyes with the Mets’ seventh run. Marlins’ reliever Renyel Pinto then retired Beltran on a grounder to Uggla for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner got Cabrera on a ground ball to Reyes to start the bottom of the 11th. Willingham singled and Helms fouled out to right fielder Endy Chavez. Wagner then retired Ross on a grounder to Wright to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to close out the series.