September 18, 2004: Mets Defeat Pirates in 10 Innings

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Date: September 18, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 8
Pirates: 7
Winning pitcher: Tyler Yates
Key player(s): Jeff Keppinger, Tom Glavine, Mike Cameron
Key play: Keppinger’s and Glavine’s doubles, Cameron’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Saturday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. After squandering a seven-run lead, the Mets scored a run in the 10th inning for an 8-7 win over the Bucs.

Todd Zeile drew a one-out walk against Pirates’ starter John Van Benschoten in the top of the first. Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza walked to load the bases and David Wright drew the Mets’ fourth consecutive base on balls to force home Zeile. Richard Hidalgo hit a single to drive home Floyd and a double by Jeff Keppinger plated both Piazza and Wright. Wilson Delgado drew a walk against Pittsburgh reliever Nelson Figueroa to load the bases once again. Tom Glavine doubled to score Hidalgo and Keppinger for a 6-0 Mets lead. On the play, Delgado was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Jack Wilson to catcher Humberto Cota. Figueroa retired Mike Cameron on a ground ball to Jack Wilson to finish off the inning. Glavine then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Zeile singled and advanced to third base on left fielder Jason Bay’s error to lead off the top of the second. Floyd hit a double to bring home Zeile with the Mets’ seventh run. Piazza drew a walk and Wright flied out to right fielder Craig Wilson. Hidalgo was called out on strikes and Keppinger hit a force play grounder to second baseman Abraham Nunez that closed out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Craig Wilson walked and Nunez followed with a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright. Ty Wigginton homered for the Bucs’ first two runs of the game. Glavine then got Cota to pop out to shortstop Delgado and end the inning.

Glavine and Figueroa each pitched scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Pirates’ reliever Mark Corey gave up just a single to Glavine in the top of the sixth. Daryle Ward doubled with one out in the bottom half. Craig Wilson drew a walk and Nunez lined out to center fielder Cameron. Wigginton hit a double to bring home Ward and Craig Wilson. Cota followed with a two-run homer to reduce the Mets’ lead to 7-6. Glavine was then replaced on the mound by New York’s Bartolome Fortunato, who retired pinch-hitter Tony Alvarez on a pop-up to second baseman Keppinger for the inning’s final out.

Bucs’ reliever Brian Meadows set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Jack Wilson drew a walk with one out in the bottom half. Bay hit a triple to drive home Jack Wilson and tie the game at 7-7. Ward went down on strikes and consecutive walks to Craig Wilson and pinch-hitter Bobby Hill loaded the bases. Fortunato retired Wigginton on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Hidalgo. Meadows yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Craig Brazell in the top of the eighth. Mets’ relievers Heath Bell and Pedro Feliciano then combined for a perfect bottom half.

Pittsburgh reliever Salomon Torres hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. New York’s Tyler Yates set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning to send the game onward. Delgado singled with one out in the top of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Victor Diaz hit a single to advance Delgado to third base. Cameron followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Delgado and put the Mets ahead by a run. Torres then threw a called third strike past Zeile to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper struck out Craig Wilson to open the bottom of the 10th. Jose Castillo was retired on a ground ball to Delgado. Looper then got Wigginton on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had come away with an extra-inning victory.