April 25, 2005: Floyd and Wright Slug Braves

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Date: April 25, 2005
Mets starter: Aaron Heilman
Mets: 5
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, David Wright
Key play: Floyd’s and Wright’s home runs

The Mets faced the Braves on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Cliff Floyd and David Wright hit a two-run homers in the sixth inning to lead the Mets to a 5-4 win over Atlanta.

Rafael Furcal got a bunt single against Mets’ starter Aaron Heilman to lead off the top of the first inning. Furcal stole second base and Marcus Giles was called out on strikes. Brian Jordan drew a walk and Furcal stole third. Adam LaRoche followed with a ground out to third baseman Wright on which Furcal came home. On the play, first baseman Chris Woodward threw to Wright for an out on Jordan that ended the inning. Braves’ starter Horacio Ramirez then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Heilman and Ramirez each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. Aaron retired all twelve Atlanta hitters while the Mets were limited to four hits by Ramirez. Heilman yielded only a single to Furcal in the top of the sixth and Kazuo Matsui singled with one out in the bottom half. Matsui advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Carlos Beltran went down on strikes. Mike Piazza doubled to drive home Matsui and tie the game. Floyd followed with a homer that put the Mets ahead by two runs. Woodward hit a single and Wright homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Kevin Gryboski then came in to pitch for the Braves and struck out Victor Diaz to finish off the inning.

Heilman and Atlanta reliever Adam Bernero each hurled a scoreless seventh. With one out in the top of the eighth, Wilson Betemit drew a walk against the Mets’ Roberto Hernandez. Pinch-hitter Pete Orr followed with a two-run homer and Furcal doubled to left field. Hernandez responded with consecutive strikeouts of Giles and Jordan to end the inning. Braves’ reliever Roman Colon then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Johnny Estrada got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever Braden Looper in the top of the ninth inning. Andruw Jones singled and Raul Mondesi hit a force play ground ball to Wright on which Estrada moved to third base. Betemit reached on an error by Wright that allowed Estrada to score the Braves’ fourth run. Looper then retired pinch-hitter Julio Franco on a grounder to second baseman Matsui to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.