Omir Santos deliver the biggest hit of his short major league career, hitting an umpire-reviewed two-run home run over the Green Monster with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Mets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Josh Beckett had his best outing of the season for the Sox. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up just five hits over eight dominant innings and lowered his ERA almost a full point, to 5.01. Beckett seemed to get more dominant as the game went along and struck out Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran back-to-back in the eighth to finish his outing.
Mike Pelfrey pitched well for the Mets, allowing just two runs over seven strong innings while recording a season-high six strikeouts.
Both teams got off to quick starts in the first inning. With two outs and Carlos Beltran on first, Josh Beckett threw the ball away attempting a pickoff to first allowing Beltran to move up to second. Gary Sheffield then delivered a single to center to bring in Beltran and give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
The Red Sox struck right back in the bottom half of the inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Kevin Youkilis took a Pelfrey sinker to left field to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia who both singled to start the inning. Pelfrey then settled down retiring the red-hot Jason Bay on strikes, and after a 13-pitch battle with JD Drew, got him to ground out to second.
The Mets only got one runner as far as third base until the ninth inning. After Gary Sheffield led off the inning with a walk, closer Jonathan Papelbon then retired David Wright and Jeremy Reed. Catcher Omir Santos then took a first pitch fastball just over the green monster to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The umpires originally ruled the ball did not leave the park but after a quick review, changed their call and ruled it a home run.
After walking Kevin Youkilis to lead off the ninth, JJ Putz retired the next three hitters thanks to some spectacular defense to record his second save of the year.
After the Youkilis walked, Jason Bay hit a rocket down the third base line but David Wright made a diving stop and threw to second where Luis Castillo made a great play on the short hop to record the first out. After JD Drew Lined out to right field for the second out, Mike Lowell hit the ball hard in the hole between second and third. Shortstop Ramon Martinez was there however to make the diving stop and throw out Lowell by a step to secure the Mets win.
The Mets will go for their first ever regular season sweep of the Red Sox tomorrow. Tim Redding is set to make his second start for the Mets while kunckleballer will try to continue his phenomenal start for the Sox. Game time is 1:35.
Injury Note: Jose Reyes missed his third straight game for the Mets with calf tendonitis. He is scheduled to run tomorrow at Fenway to test his leg. Ryan Church missed the game with a sore hip that he said is a result of a nagging hamstring injury that he said has been bothering him since spring training. No timetable has been set for his return. Also, Francisco Rodriguez did not come in to make tonight’s save due to back spasms he encountered before the game. Accordingly to Jerry Manuel, the pain was so bad he couldn’t even walk. Let’s hope these injuries can heel up as soon as humanly possible.