September 23, 2007: Wright's Single in 11th Beats Fish

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Date: September 23, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 7
Marlins: 6
Winning pitcher: Joe Smith
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca, David Wright
Key play: Lo Duca’s and Delgado’s home runs, Wright’s single in 11th

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Florida. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. David Wright hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to give the Mets a 7-6 win over the Fish.

After two scoreless innings, Marlins’ starter Chris Seddon surrendered just a walk to John Maine in the top of the third. Hanley Ramirez singled against Maine with one out in the bottom half. Dan Uggla followed with a double to left field. Jeremy Hermida hit a single that scored Ramirez and Uggla for a 2-0 Florida lead. Maine then retired Miguel Cabrera on a line drive to left fielder Moises Alou and struck out Mike Jacobs to end the inning.

Carlos Beltran singled to open the top of the fourth. Alou flied out to center fielder Alejandro de Aza and a strikeout of Carlos Delgado ensued. Paul Lo Duca slugged a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Carlos Gomez reached on second baseman Uggla’s error and Seddon fanned Maine for the inning’s third out. John then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Seddon shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Maine hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Florida reliever Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Hermida singled against Maine to begin the bottom half. Cabrera drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano struck out Jacobs. Todd Linden hit a single to drive home Hermida and put the Marlins ahead, 3-2. New York’s Jorge Sosa retired Miguel Olivo on a pop-up to shortstop Jose Reyes. Sosa then got de Aza to fly out to center fielder Beltran and finish off the inning.

Lindstrom and Fish reliever Renyel Pinto combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Guillermo Mota yielded only a single to Uggla in the bottom half and Wright drew a walk against Florida’s Justin Miller to lead off the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson singled and Alou hit a single to score Wright with the tying run. Delgado followed with a three-run homer to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. Lo Duca and Gomez were retired on infield ground balls and Endy Chavez singled to right field. Chavez advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Miller got Reyes on a fly ball to center fielder Alfredo Amezaga for the final out of the inning.

Cabrera and Jacobs drew walks against Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman to begin the bottom of the eighth. Linden doubled to score Cabrera and send Jacobs to third base. Olivo grounded out to third baseman Wright and a single by pinch-hitter Jason Wood brought home Jacobs. On the play, Linden was out at home via a throw by Alou to catcher Lo Duca. Heilman then hit Amezaga with a pitch and got Ramirez on a line drive to Wright to close out the inning.

Florida reliever Lee Gardner set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Leading off the bottom half, Uggla hit a home run against Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner to tie the game at 6-6. Hermida went down on strikes and Cabrera grounded out to Reyes. Jacobs reached on a wild pitch third strike and Wagner retired Linden on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Gomez. Despite singles by Alou and Delgado that opened the inning, Gardner shut down the Mets in the top of the 10th. For New York, reliever Joe Smith pitched a perfect bottom half.

Reyes drew a walk against Marlins’ reliever Harvey Garcia to begin the top of the 11th. Luis Castillo followed with a single to left field. Wright singled to score Reyes with the go-ahead run and move Castillo to third base. Pinch-hitter David Newhan was struck out as Wright stole second. Florida reliever Daniel Barone got Alou to line out to Cabrera, who then recorded an out on Castillo to complete an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Aaron Sele retired Ramirez on a ground ball to Reyes to start the bottom of the 11th. Uggla lined out to center fielder Chavez. Scott Schoeneweis then came in to pitch for New York and got Hermida on a grounder to first baseman Delgado for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.