August 10, 2005: Wright Slugs Padres with 6 RBIs

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Date: August 10, 2005
Mets starter: Kris Benson
Mets: 9
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Kris Benson
Key player(s): David Wright, Kris Benson
Key play: Wright's double in 3rd & homer in 4th

The Mets and Padres faced each other on a Wednesday night in San Diego. The teams played the second of a three-game series before 43,162 fans. David Wright collected four hits and drove in six runs to lead the Mets to a 9-1 win.

The Mets got a pair of runs against Padres' starter Brian Lawrence in the top of the first inning. Miguel Cairo singled with one out and Carlos Beltran was hit by a pitch. Wright hit a single to bring home Cairo and send Beltran to third base. With Mike Piazza at the plate, Beltran scored and Wright took second on a double steal. Lawrence then got Piazza to ground out and end the inning.

Kris Benson protected the early lead by retiring San Diego in order in each of the first two innings. In the third, Cairo hit a leadoff double and Beltran drew a walk. After Cliff Floyd advanced the runners with a ground out, Wright delivered a double that scored Cairo and Beltran to increase the Mets' lead to 4-0. Later in the inning, Jose Offerman singled to bring home Wright with the Mets' fifth run. Benson struck out to end the inning and then shut down the Padres in the bottom half despite a double by Miguel Olivo.

In the top of the fourth, Lawrence retired the first two Met batters before giving up a double to Beltran. Floyd was intentionally walked and Wright came up to the plate. David connected for a three-run homer and an eight-run advantage for the Mets. San Diego reliever Paul Quantrill finished the rest of the inning with no further scoring.

Benson continued to mow down the Padre batters. He pitched perfect ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. In the eighth, Kris issued a two-out walk to Khalil Greene that ended a string of 16 consecutive batters retired. He then struck out Xavier Nady to end the inning. Meanwhile, Benson's single off Quantrill was the Mets' only hit against the San Diego bullpen from the fifth inning to the eighth.

Padres' reliever Craig Breslow walked Chris Woodward with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Wright followed with a single for his fourth hit of the game. After Piazza's force play grounder, Mike Cameron singled to bring home Wright for a 9-0 Mets lead. A walk to Offerman loaded the bases and Breslow fanned Benson for the third out of the inning.

David Ross led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit single for the Padres' second hit of the game. Dave Roberts lined out to left fielder Woodward and a double by Joe Randa sent Ross to third. Danny Graves replaced Benson and gave up a single to Mark Sweeney that scored Ross for the first San Diego run. Graves then got pinch-hitter Eric Young for a double play grounder to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory on Benson's stellar pitching and productive hitting by Wright.