September 23, 2004: Diaz and Williams Slug Expos

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Date: September 23, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 4
Expos: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Victor Diaz, Gerald Williams, Tom Glavine
Key play: Diaz’s and Williams’ home runs

The Mets faced the Expos on a Thursday night in Montreal. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Home runs by Victor Diaz and Gerald Williams led the way to a 4-2 Mets win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Expos’ starter Tomo Ohka hit Diaz with a pitch to begin the top of the second. Jason Phillips singled and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Wilson Delgado grounded out to shortstop Maicer Izturis to drive home Diaz for a 1-0 Mets lead. Ohka got Tom Glavine to ground out to second baseman Jamey Carroll and retired Williams on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Val Pascucci. Glavine then gave up only a single to Brian Schneider in the bottom half.

Ohka held the Mets to a single by Jeff Keppinger in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Brad Wilkerson hit a home run to tie the game. Carroll grounded back to Glavine, who followed up by retiring Tony Batista on a ground ball to third baseman David Wright that ended the inning. Diaz slugged a one-out homer in the top of the fourth to put the Mets back in front, 2-1. Phillips was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Rivera. Ohka got Delgado on grounder to Carroll that ended the inning. Glavine then yielded just a single to Pascucci in the bottom half.

Glavine doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Williams followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Keppinger grounded out to Izturis and a double by Wright ensued. Ohka got Mike Piazza to ground out to Izturis and retired Richard Hidalgo on a grounder to third baseman Batista to close out the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Wilkerson hit his second solo homer of the game. Glavine then struck out Carroll to end the inning.

Montreal reliever Jon Rauch pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Glavine surrendered just a walk to Terrmel Sledge in the bottom half and drew a walk of his own to begin the top of the seventh. Williams hit a ground ball to Batista for a double play. Rauch got Keppinger on a grounder to Batista to end the inning and Izturis hit a one-out double against Glavine in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton retired pinch-hitter Endy Chavez on a ground ball to second baseman Keppinger. Stanton then got Wilkerson to line out to right fielder Pascucci and end the inning.

Expos’ reliever Gary Majewski set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Rivera got a two-out single against the Mets’ Tyler Yates in the bottom half. New York reliever Pedro Feliciano fanned Sledge for the third out of the inning and Majewski gave up only a single to Delgado in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church drew a leadoff walk against the Mets’ Braden Looper in the bottom half. Schneider went down on strikes and Izturis hit a force play grounder to shortstop Delgado. Izturis advanced to second base on defensive indifference and Looper retired pinch-hitter Einar Diaz on a pop-up to Keppinger to end the game. The Mets had a victory in their final game ever at Olympic Stadium.