September 29, 2007: Maine Leads One-Hitter Over Marlins

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Date: September 29, 2007
Mets starter: John Maine
Mets: 13
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: John Maine
Key player(s): John Maine, Lastings Milledge, Luis Castillo
Key play: Milledge's two home runs

The Mets played the Marlins on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Trailing the Phillies by a game in the Eastern Division standings, the Mets rode the wave of 19 hits en route to a 13-0 win. John Maine and two relievers teamed up for a one-hitter to pull Mets into a tie with Philadelphia for first place.

In the first inning, the Mets scored twice against Marlins' starter Chris Seddon. Moises Alou and Carlos Delgado each singled to bring home Luis Castillo and David Wright, respectively. The Mets added three more runs in the second on Castillo's single to bring home Lastings Milledge, a single by Carlos Beltran on which Castillo came home and Alou's single off reliever Ross Wolf to score Wright.

The Mets' offensive assault continued with Milledge's two-run homer in the third. Later in the inning, Castillo doubled to score Maine. Wolf was then relieved by Harvey Garcia to end the inning as the Mets had built an 8-0 lead.

Milledge hit his second homer of the game to lead off the fifth. After an out, Jose Reyes doubled and Castillo came to bat. Garcia threw a wild pitch that almost hit Luis's head and Reyes went to third base. Castillo moved in the direction of Garcia as both benches cleared, but order was restored. After Castillo drew a walk, Florida catcher Miguel Olivo charged toward Reyes at third and was ejected from the game. Jose later scored the Mets' tenth run on Wright's single off reliever Mauro Zarate.

The Mets added a run in each of the next three innings. Meanwhile, Maine had not allowed a Florida hit entering the eighth. John retired the first two Florida batters of the inning and Paul Hoover, who replaced Olivo, came to bat. Hoover hit a slow roller toward third base for an infield single - the Marlins' first hit of the game. Mets' reliver Willie Collazo then got Alejandro De Aza on a fly ball for the third out.

In the ninth, Carlos Muniz retired the Marlins in order. The Mets had a one-hit shutout victory comprised of three pitchers. The win, combined with the Phillies' loss to the Washington Nationals, brought the Mets into a tie for the top spot in the National League East.