With a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the eighth, it seemed as if the Mets shouldn’t have too much trouble closing the game out. I thought wrong.
After Duaner Sanchez walked in a run in the eighth inning to bring the Pirates within one, more silly mistakes let the Pirates stay in the game and eventually tie it. A throwing error by Jose Reyes in the top of the ninth during Billy Wagner’s save opportunity put a runner on base. Reyes fielded the ball with a backhand play, but his throw was a late one-hopper in the dirt that Delgado had trouble fielding. After a base hit that Carlos Beltran dived unsuccessfully for, the run came around to score and the game was tied.
Reyes led off the ninth inning with a single up the middle, but nobody following him was even able to get on base or advance Reyes. Finally, with bases loaded in the eleventh inning and one out, David Wright hit a fly ball to right field, securing the win for the Mets.
Although it was a bit rocky, Johan Santana’s start turned out quite nicely. He only gave up two runs before exiting with two outs in the sixth. Aaron Heilman allowed a hit and walked a batter, as he was only able to get one out in the process.
Jorge Sosa pitched a scoreless final inning to get the win.