7,492: Castillo’s walkoff infield single leads Mets to 5-4 victory

Castillo’s walkoff lifts Mets

Luis Castillo’s ninth-inning infield single to deep short Friday night gave the Mets a 5-4 victory – their first walkoff win at Citi Field.

Carlos Delgado scored the winning run after leading off the inning with a double. Earlier in the game, Gary Sheffield hit his 500th career home run to tie the game.

Livan Hernandez got off to a strong start, and the Mets gave him a three-run lead during a first-inning rally that began with back-to-back-to-back singles by Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy and David Wright.

After Carlos Delgado sacrificed home Reyes and Carlos Beltran struck out, Brewers starter Dave Bush issued an intentional walk to Ryan Church before issuing an (obviously) unintentional bases-loaded walk to Ramon Castro. Luis Castillo then singled home Wright to make it 3-0.

Hernandez had lost his no-hitter in the third inning when Bill Hall led off the third inning with a single to make it 7,492 Mets games without a no-no. Hernandez seemed to run out of steam by the fifth inning, giving up a a pair of singles followed by a three-run homer by Ryan Braun to make it 4-3 Brewers.

After Sheffield’s historic blast to left tied the game at 4 in the seventh, the Mets loaded the bases but could not take the lead. The Mets filled them up again in the eighth with the same result.

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