September 6, 2006: Mets Down Braves in DH Opener

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Date: September 6, 2006
Mets starter: Dave Williams
Mets: 4
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Dave Williams
Key player(s): Dave Williams, Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green
Key play: Delgado’s and Green’s home runs

The Mets faced the Braves in a Wednesday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. In the opener of the twinbill, the teams played a two-hour and twenty-four minute game. Dave Williams recorded his third win in as many starts as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 4-1.

Williams and Braves’ starter John Smoltz each pitched a scoreless first inning. In the top of the second, Brian McCann led off with a home run for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Williams retired the next three batters and Shawn Green singled to open the bottom half. An ensuing double by Jose Valentin drove home Green to tie the game. Michael Tucker went down on strikes and a wild pitch moved Valentin to third base. Endy Chavez popped out to shortstop Edgar Renteria. Smoltz then got Williams on a ground ball to Renteria for the third out of the inning.

Williams and Smoltz each hurled scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. In the sixth, Williams set down the Braves in order and Paul Lo Duca singled to begin the bottom half. Carlos Delgado homered to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. David Wright grounded out to third baseman Willie Aybar and a double by Green ensued. Valentin was given an intentional walk. Tucker grounded out to first baseman Adam LaRoche and a walk to Chavez loaded the bases. Smoltz then got pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee to ground out to second baseman Martin Prado and end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano shut down the Braves in the top of the seventh. Atlanta’s Tyler Yates pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. In the top of the eighth, reliever Guillermo Mota allowed only a double to Aybar in pitching a scoreless inning. Green homered against the Braves’ Macay McBride with one out in the bottom half. Valentin grounded out to second baseman Pete Orr (who had replaced Prado) and a double by Tucker followed. McBride then fanned Chavez for the final out of the inning.

To start the top of the ninth, Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner retired Jeff Francoeur on a fly ball to center fielder Chavez. Andruw Jones also flied out to Chavez. Wagner then got Matt Diaz on a called third strike to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the doubleheader.