September 7, 2006: Four-Man Shutout

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Date: September 7, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 7
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Carlos Beltran, Jose Valentin, Jose Reyes
Key play: Beltran’s RBI single, Valentin’s and Reyes’ home runs

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Four Mets pitchers teamed up for a shutout in a 7-0 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Tom Glavine hurled a scoreless top of the first inning. Jose Reyes singled against the Dodgers’ Brad Penny to lead off the bottom half. Reyes moved to third base on Paul Lo Duca’s single and came home on a single by Carlos Beltran. Trying to advance on Beltran’s hit, Lo Duca was out via a relay throw by shortstop Rafael Furcal to third baseman Julio Lugo. Beltran went to third on a double by Carlos Delgado and scored on David Wright’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 Mets lead. A wild pitch sent Delgado to third before Cliff Floyd grounded back to Penny for the third out.

Glavine set down the side in order in the top of the second. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Jose Valentin homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Glavine hit a single and Reyes flied out to left fielder Andre Ethier. Lo Duca went down on strikes to end the inning and Glavine pitched a perfect top of the third. Penny then gave up only a single to Wright in the bottom half.

After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Glavine set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the sixth. Wright drew a walk against Penny to open the bottom half. Floyd flied out to center fielder Matt Kemp and a double by Shawn Green ensued. Valentin reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to drive home Wright and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Jose advanced to second base on Glavine’s sacrifice bunt. Reyes followed with an inside-the-park three-run homer for a seven-run New York lead. Los Angeles reliever Joe Beimel then got Lo Duca to ground out to Furcal and finish off the inning.

Kemp reached on shortstop Reyes’ error with one out in the top of the seventh. Toby Hall singled and Guillermo Mota came in to pitch for the Mets. James Loney grounded out to third baseman Wright and a walk to Furcal loaded the bases. Mota retired Lugo on a foul pop-up to Wright for the inning’s final out. Dodgers’ reliever Tim Hamulack then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Jeff Kent got a two-out single against Mets’ reliever Roberto Hernandez in the top of the eighth. Ethier reached on Hernandez’s error and Kemp flied out to right fielder Green to end the inning. Hamulack shut down the Mets in the bottom half and New York’s Aaron Heilman got pinch-hitter Delwyn Young on a grounder to second baseman Valentin to start the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson flied out to Green and a single by Furcal ensued. Heilman then retired Lugo on a fly ball to left fielder Endy Chavez to end the game. The Mets had a shutout comprised of four pitchers.