April 29, 2004: Ten Hits Defeat Dodgers

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Date: April 29, 2004
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Eric Valent, Karim Garcia, Jae Seo
Key play: Valent’s RBI single, Karim Garcia’s home run

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Thursday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected ten hits in a 6-1 win.

Dodgers’ starter Jeff Weaver pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Mets’ Jae Seo hurled a scoreless bottom half and Karim Garcia singled to open the top of the second. Todd Zeile flied out to left fielder Dave Roberts and a single by Jason Phillips ensued. Eric Valent singled to score Karim Garcia for a 1-0 Mets lead. Danny Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Seo grounded to shortstop Cesar Izturis for an inning-ending double play. Jae then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mike Piazza drew a two-out walk in the top of the third. Karim Garcia followed with a home run to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Weaver fanned Zeile to close out the inning and doubled with one out in the bottom half. Roberts drew a walk and Izturis hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Phillips. Seo struck out Milton Bradley to end the inning and Weaver hurled a perfect top of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom half, Juan Encarnacion doubled and came home on a single by Adrian Beltre. Seo then retired Alex Cora on a fly ball to left fielder Valent for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Valent singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Danny Garcia flied out to left fielder Jason Grabowski and a sacrifice bunt by Seo moved Valent to second base. A wild pitch sent Valent to third and consecutive walks to Kazuo Matsui and Mike Cameron loaded the bases. Weaver fanned Piazza for the third out of the inning and Beltre singled against Seo to begin the bottom half. Cora was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Zeile. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton then got pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to line out to Zeile and retired Roberts on a grounder to second baseman Danny Garcia to finish off the inning.

Zeile hit a double against Los Angeles reliever Wilson Alvarez with one out in the top of the eighth. Phillips singled and pinch-hitter Shane Spencer was called out on strikes. Danny Garcia followed with a single to drive home Zeile. Stanton singled to plate Phillips and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Matsui grounded back to Alvarez to end the inning and Izturis singled against Stanton to open the bottom half. Grabowski flied out to left fielder Spencer and a strikeout of Shawn Green ensued. Paul Lo Duca got a single against Mets’ reliever David Weathers, who then retired Encarnacion on a ground ball to shortstop Matsui that closed out the inning.

Cameron homered for the Mets’ sixth run and tenth hit to lead off the top of the ninth. Alvarez set down the next three batters to end the inning and Beltre flied out to Spencer to open the bottom half. Cora was retired on a line drive to right fielder Karim Garcia. Weathers then got pinch-hitter David Ross to pop out to Zeile and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-closing victory.