September 6, 2006: Perez Shuts Out Braves for DH Sweep

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Date: September 6, 2006
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 8
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Oliver Perez, Jose Reyes, Chris Woodward, Endy Chavez
Key play: Reyes’ home run, Woodward’s double, Chavez’s triple

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a doubleheader on a Wednesday afternoon. Following a win in the opener, the Mets aimed for a sweep of the twinbill at Shea Stadium. Oliver Perez pitched a five-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Atlanta, 8-0.

Perez retired the Braves in order in the top of the first inning. Jose Reyes started the bottom half with a home run off Atlanta’s Kyle Davies. Carlos Beltran drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on an uncaught third strike to Cliff Floyd. Beltran advanced to third on Shawn Green’s single and scored the Mets’ second run on a single by Julio Franco. Davies then struck out Chris Woodward to end the inning.

From the second inning to the fifth, Perez and Davies each pitched scoreless ball. Oliver held the Braves to three hits while Davies limited the Mets to two walks and a single by Reyes. Perez yielded only a one-out single to Marcus Giles in a scoreless top of the sixth. The Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk to begin the bottom of the inning. Woodward hit a double to center field to drive home Floyd and Green. Pinch-hitter Endy Chavez followed with a triple off Atlanta reliever Chad Paronto that scored Franco and Woodward for a 6-0 Mets lead. Paronto then retired the next three New York batters.

Perez set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. Atlanta’s Ken Ray walked Beltran to begin the bottom half. Kelly Stinnett was called out on strikes and Green followed with a two-run homer. Braves’ reliever Joey Devine hit Franco with a pitch and retired Woodward on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Diaz. Chavez hit a single to left field. Devine then fanned Perez for the third out of the inning.

Perez hurled another perfect inning in the top of the eighth. The Mets were retired in order by the Braves’ Kevin Barry in the bottom half. To start the top of the ninth, Giles got a leadoff single and Tony Pena hit into a double play. Perez issued a walk to Jeff Francoeur. Oliver then retired pinch-hitter Brayan Pena on a ground ball to shortstop Reyes for the final out of the game. The Mets had a doubleheader sweep.