September 24, 2005: Wright Slams in Win Over Nats

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Date: September 24, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Tom Glavine
Key play: Beltran’s single, Wright’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night in Washington. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. David Wright hit a grand slam to propel the Mets to a 5-2 win.

Jose Reyes doubled against Nats’ starter Livan Hernandez to lead off the top of the first inning. Miguel Cairo reached on an error by first baseman Tony Blanco. Carlos Beltran hit a single to drive home Reyes and a walk to Cliff Floyd loaded the bases. Wright came to bat and slugged a grand slam for a 5-0 Mets lead. Marlon Anderson went down on strikes and Ramon Castro flied out to right fielder Marlon Byrd. Livan Hernandez retired Doug Mientkiewicz on a fly ball to Byrd for the third out. Mets’ starter Tom Glavine then yielded only a single to Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom half.

Livan Hernandez gave up just a pair of singles to Glavine from the second inning to the fifth. Meanwhile, Tom recorded four strikeouts in pitching scoreless and hitless ball. Hernandez shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth and tripled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Watson hit a single to score Livan and a fly ball by Cristian Guzman was caught by center fielder Beltran. Zimmerman doubled to bring home Watson with the Nationals’ second run of the game. Glavine then threw a called third strike past Preston Wilson to end the inning.

Mientkiewicz got a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Glavine’s sacrifice bunt advanced Mientkiewicz to second base and Reyes was called out on strikes for the inning’s final out. Arguing the call, Reyes and manager Willie Randolph were ejected by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook. Glavine hurled a perfect bottom half and Livan Hernandez retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter Jose Vidro drew a walk. Watson’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Junior Spivey to second. Glavine then got Guzman on a grounder to third baseman Wright to close out the inning.

Washington reliever Jason Bergmann pitched a perfect top of the ninth. Zimmerman singled against the Mets’ Roberto Hernandez to lead off the bottom half. Wilson popped out to second baseman Cairo and a fly ball by pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga was caught by Beltran. Roberto Hernandez then got pinch-hitter Nick Johnson to fly out to Beltran and end the game. The Mets had a solid win.