April 19, 2005: Seven Homers Rout Phillies

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Date: April 19, 2005
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 16
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Victor Zambrano
Key player(s): Victor Diaz, David Wright
Key play: Mets' 7 home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday night at Citizen's Bank Park. A 15-hit attack that included 7 home runs led the Mets to an easy triumph over Philadelphia. The final score was 16-4.

Jose Reyes led off the game with a home run off Phils' starter Vicente Padilla. The game was tied in the bottom of the first when Jimmy Rollins scored on Jim Thome's double play grounder. The Mets then took a 3-1 lead on a two-run homer by Victor Diaz in the top of the second inning.

Chase Utley homered off Mets' starter Victor Zambrano for the Phillies' second run in the bottom of the second. With two out in the top of the third, Mike Piazza hit a solo homer. Following a single by Cliff Floyd, Padilla gave up a home run to Doug Mientkiewicz for two more Met runs. David Wright then singled and Diaz hit his second home run of the game to increase the Mets' lead to 8-2. The Phils responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by David Bell off Zambrano.

Facing reliever Gavin Floyd, Reyes hit his second homer of the game leading off the top of the fourth. In the fifth, Zambrano got into the hitting act with a triple that scored Mientkiewicz and Diaz. Zambrano then held the Phillies scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

Gavin Floyd walked Carlos Beltran with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Piazza and Cliff Floyd followed with singles to extend the Mets' lead to 12-4. After Mientkiewicz was given an intentional walk, Wright came to bat with the bases loaded. David clouted a grand slam for the Mets' seventh home run of the game. In the bottom half, Zambrano shut down the Phils again.

The Mets were held scoreless for the first time in the game when Phils' reliever Aaron Fultz set them down in order in the top of the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Dae-Sung Koo retired the Phils 1-2-3 and Manny Aybar pitched a hitless eighth. Heath Bell then hurled a perfect bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a lopsided victory as Zambrano recorded his first win as a Met.