The New York Mets scored four runs during an odd seventh inning Wednesday night to pad a one-run lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
The Mets loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt by Luis Castillo that was mishandled by reliever Edward Mujica (it was ruled a hit, but Mujica should have gotten the out at first). Mujica then got ahead of pinch-hitter Ryan Church 0-2 before throwing a chin-music wild pitch to score Gary Sheffield. After Mujica issued an intentional pass to Jose Reyes, Murphy made it 4-1 on a long sac fly that scored Brian Schneider and advanced Castillo to third.
Things got really weird during David Wright’s at bat. As Reyes took off for second, Mujica threw a wild pitch that wound up scoring BOTH Castillo and Reyes.
Carlos Delgado added another run in the eighth then blasted a ball into the Pepsi Porch to give us our second look at the new home run apple and make it 7-1.
Oliver Perez threw six innings of three-hit ball, giving up just one earned run. He lost his no-hit bid in the third inning when Luis Rodriguez led off with a single to make it 7,490 New York Mets games without a no-hitter.
The Mets intially jumped on the scoreboard in the fourth when Carlos Beltran singled home Daniel Murphy, and David Wright scored on a Gary Sheffield double-play.
The victory marks the earliest the Mets have gotten a victory in their home ballpark (Game 2). The accomplishment didn’t come until Game 3 at Shea Stadium and until Game 8 at the Polo Grounds.