September 30, 2006: Five Homers Rout Nats

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Date: September 30, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 13
Nationals: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Endy Chavez, Julio Franco, Shawn Green, Tom Glavine
Key play: Mets’ five home runs

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night in Washington. The teams played each other in the penultimate game of the regular season. The Mets hit a total of five home runs in a 13-0 win over the Nats.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Endy Chavez homered against Washington starter Beltran Perez for the first run of the game. Carlos Beltran drew a walk and David Wright was called out on strikes. Beltran stole second base and Shawn Green drew a walk. Julio Franco hit a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Perez retired Ramon Castro on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Ryan Church. Mets’ starter Tom Glavine then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second inning, Beltran hit a single to lead off the top of the third. Wright popped out to second baseman Bernie Castro (no relation to Ramon) and a single by Green ensued. Franco doubled to drive home Beltran and Green for the Mets’ fifth and sixth runs. Ramon Castro popped out to first baseman Jose Vidro and an intentional walk to Chris Woodward followed. Perez got Glavine to ground out to Vidro and end the inning. Tom then limited the Nationals to a single by Perez in a scoreless bottom half.

Chavez and Beltran drew consecutive one-out walks against Washington’s Chris Schroeder in the top of the fourth. Wright took a called third strike and Green followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-0. Franco hit a single and Schroeder retired Ramon Castro on an inning-ending pop-up to Vidro. Glavine pitched a perfect bottom half and Nats’ reliever Jason Bergmann shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Tom then retired all three Nationals hitters in the bottom of the inning.

Bergmann and Glavine each hurled a scoreless sixth. Leading off the top of the seventh, Ramon Castro homered for the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Woodward was struck out and pinch-hitter Michael Tucker grounded out to Vidro. Bergmann got Anderson Hernandez on a ground ball to Vidro that closed out the inning. Mets’ reliever Darren Oliver then set down the Nats 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Chavez singled against Washington reliever Felix Rodriguez to begin the top of the eighth inning. Beltran drew a walk and Wright hit a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to thirteen runs. Rodriguez retired Green and Franco on consecutive infield ground balls and fanned Ramon Castro for the inning’s final out. Mets’ reliever Royce Ring held the Nationals to a single by Robert Fick in the bottom half. Washington’s Chris Booker then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Bernie Castro grounded out to second baseman Woodward to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Felipe Lopez was retired on a line drive to right fielder Green. Ring then got pinch-hitter Brian Schneider to line out to first baseman Franco and end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory that featured a quintet of homers.