September 5, 2010: Mets Win with 18 Runs

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Date: September 5, 2010
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 18
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Jon Niese
Key player(s): Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis
Key play: Mets' three 5-run innings

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. On the strength of three 5-run innings and 21 hits, the Mets came away with a blowout win. The final score was 18-5.

The Cubs scored against Mets' starter Jon Niese in the first inning. Aramis Ramirez singled to bring home Jeff Baker for a 1-0 Chicago lead. The Mets got two runs in the top of the second on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice fly and Niese's RBI single. Ramirez then homered with Marlon Byrd on base in the third to put the Cubs ahead, 3-2.

Geovany Soto's sacrifice fly gave Chicago another run in the fourth. In the fifth, Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis got back-to-back run-scoring singles to pull the Mets even at 4-4. With two out in the inning, Tejada and Niese both got singles to drive in three more runs. Cubs' starter Ryan Dempster was then removed from the game.

Tejada hit his first major league home run in the top of the seventh inning. On the hit, a fan stretched out his hands to catch the ball, but dropped it back onto the field. After stopping at third base, Ruben was waved home by the umpire. Soto homered for Chicago in the bottom half to make it an 8-5 game in favor of the Mets.

In the eighth, Davis hit his 17th homer of the season off Cubs' reliever James Russell. Later, pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias singled home Mike Hessman and a double by Angel Pagan scored Josh Thole and Arias. Russell was replaced by Thomas Diamond as the Mets held a 13-5 lead.

Diamond walked Tejada with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth for another Met run. Chris Carter followed with a pinch-hit single that scored Nick Evans and Thole. Singles by Pagan and Luis Hernandez then brought the Mets' run total for the game to eighteen and number of hits to twenty-one.

Manny Acosta retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a victory with a potent offensive attack. It was the most productive day of the season for the team.