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10/04/06 10:11 PM ET

Mets Short Hops: Game 1

In his first playoff game, Delgado comes out swinging

NEW YORK -- Fielding the Mets' Game 1 win over the Dodgers on a short hop ...

In < 25 words...
Carlos Delgado's four-hit, two-RBI performance allowed the Mets to claim a 6-5 win and obtain the ever-important early momentum in this best-of-five series.

Frozen moment
With Mets starter John Maine facing potential disaster in the second inning, right fielder Shawn Green and second baseman Jose Valentin teamed up to complete a perfect relay throw that retired both Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew at home plate. Both were attempting to score on a Russell Martin single -- the third consecutive one allowed by Maine.

Big number
.375 -- The Mets' batting average with runners in scoring position. The three hits they recorded in eight at-bats in this situation accounted for four of their six runs.

Game ball
Carlos Delgado -- five balls: Playing in the first postseason game of his career, the powerful first baseman recorded a hit in each of his first four at-bats. An eighth-inning strikeout prevented him from a five-hit performance. His fourth-inning homer accounted for the Mets' first run and the third of his three singles fueled the decisive two-run seventh ining.

John Maine -- three balls: Making his first postseason start, the rookie right-hander escaped a potentially disastrous second inning and gave his team a chance to win.

Guillermo Mota -- two balls: Before being burdened in the Dodgers' three-run seventh inning with an ill-advised Valentin throwing error, Mota was positioning himself to be the pitcher of the game. He needed just 11 pitches to complete a perfect sixth inning against Kent, Drew and Martin.

Sense of October
This was a win the Mets desperately needed. Forced to start Maine in place of an injured Orlando Hernandez, they proved their powerful offense was once again capable of overcoming adversity created by their injury-plagued starting rotation.

Lines of the Game
David Wright
4 AB, 2 H, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBIs
Comment: Wright highlighted his postseason debut with a two-run sixth-inning double that all but ended Dodgers starter Derek Lowe's afternoon. His hustling double in the seventh inning showed the heart that has made him one of the game's top young players.

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Pedro Feliciano
0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 Ks
Comment: With runners at first and second and one out in the fifth inning, Feliciano registered a big strikeout of Kenny Lofton. By retiring the only batter he faced, the left-handed reliever prevented the Dodgers from getting to the middle of their lineup with just one out.

"When that ball went out, I didn't have an Achilles." -- Floyd, in reference to his fourth-inning solo homer off Lowe. The left fielder has been bothered by a strained left Achilles tendon for much of the second half

Next step
Now that they've survived Maine's emergency start, the Mets will turn to postseason veteran Tom Glavine. If he provides a strong effort, the Mets may head to the West Coast with a 2-0 series lead.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.