This year, Carlos Delgado hit a grand slam for the Mets, a feat unaccomplished since 2006.
Tonight, it was another Carlos's turn... Carlos Beltran.
The Mets drew first blood in the, well, first... when Beltran hit a sac fly to drive in Jose Reyes and make it 1-0 Mets.
However, the Marlins struck back in the second on a Josh Willingham home run to make it 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, Jorge Cantu hit a sac fly to allow the pitcher, Chris Volstad, who had reached on a Jose Reyes error, to score and give the Fish the lead, 2-1.
From there, both teams were silent... until the last inning of the game.
The last man off the bench for the Mets, Robinson Cancel, popped out and Reyes grounded out.
But the noticeably lighter Luis Castillo, hit a single between the shortstop and second baseman... yes, out of the infield... and David Wright followed with a single of his own.
After a conference on the mound that involved the Marlins' manager, Freddy Gonzalez, the entire infield, and the pitcher, Gregg, the first pitch nabbed Carlos Delgado on the leg to load the bases for Carlos Beltran.
After taking a ball for 1-0, Carlos smashed the next pitch deep into the Miami night, hitting the eighth grand slam of his career.
Tatis flied out to end the Mets' productive inning, leading 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth.
But remember, this is the New York Mets... and the drama could never end there.
Luis Ayala came in as the Mets' makeshift closer for the season, with Uggla grounding out and Hermida singling to center. He then got Baker to strike out, but from then on, he struggled.
Ramirez, Jacobs, and Cantu all reached base on hits... and suddenly it was Mets 5, Marlins 4.
But with whatever energy he had left in his body, Ayala managed to end the inning and keep it that way.
Oliver Perez pitched a good game tonight, giving up one earned run on three hits and five walks, striking out two. His ERA lowered below 4.00 to 3.90 on the season.
Notable performances came from:
Luis Castillo, going 2-5 with a run-scored for his first multi-hit game since his return from the DL.
Carlos Beltran, of course, was outstanding tonight, going 2-4 with FIVE RBI's and a run scored on his his sac fly and grand slam.
David Wright went 2-5 tonight, with two singles and a run scored.
Wright's averaged rose slightly to .292.