September 28, 2010: Tejada's Double Beats Brewers

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Date: September 28, 2010
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 4
Brewers: 3
Winning pitcher: Elmer Dessens
Key player(s): David Wright, Ruben Tejada
Key play: Wright’s home run, Tejada’s double in 9th

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Ruben Tejada hit a two-run double in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Milwaukee.

Mike Pelfrey and the Brewers’ Randy Wolf each pitched three innings of one-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Casey McGehee drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fourth. Lorenzo Cain followed with a double to drive home McGehee for a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. Pelfrey retired Alcides Escobar on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes to end the inning. Wolf then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Pelfrey hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Wolf gave up just a double to Tejada in the bottom of the inning and Corey Hart homered to lead off the top of the sixth. Prince Fielder popped out to Reyes and a walk to McGehee ensued. Cain went down on strikes and Pelfrey got Escobar on an inning-ending grounder to Reyes. Lucas Duda hit a two-out single in the bottom half. David Wright followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Wolf then struck out Ike Davis to finish off the inning.

Pelfrey set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Wolf pitched a perfect bottom half and Joe Inglett hit a ground-rule double against Pefrey to begin the top of the eighth. Inglett advanced to third base on Hart’s ground out to second baseman Tejada. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Fielder on a ground ball to Reyes that drove home Inglett and put the Brewers ahead, 3-2. Feliciano got McGehee to fly out to left fielder Duda and end the inning. Milwaukee relievers Mike McClendon, Zach Braddock and John Axford then teamed up for a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Elmer Dessens retired all three batters in the top of the ninth. Davis hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Nick Evans was struck out and Josh Thole singled to left field. Tejada came to bat and delivered a double that brought home Davis and pinch-runner Luis Castillo with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an exciting victory.