August 2, 2005: Mets Defeat Brewers in Slugfest

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Date: August 2, 2005
Mets starter: Victor Zambrano
Mets: 9
Brewers: 8
Winning pitcher: Braden Looper
Key player(s): Geoff Jenkins, Mike Cameron, Mike Piazza
Key play: Cameron's home run in 9th, Piazza's walk in 11th

The Mets began a series with the Brewers on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams combined for a total of 35 hits in an offensive battle. When it was over, the Mets had a 9-8 victory in 11 innings.

In each of the first two innings, the Brewers hit back-to-back home runs against Mets' starter Victor Zambrano. With two out in the first, Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer and Geoff Jenkins followed with a home run of his own. Russell Branyan and Damian Miller started off the second with solo homers before Lee singled off reliever Aaron Heilman bring home Brady Clark with another Milwaukee run. The Mets scored twice off Brewer starter Tomo Ohka on run-scoring singles by Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron in the bottom of the first.

In the fourth, Jose Reyes singled off Ohka to score Doug Mientkiewicz with one out. After Miguel Cairo's infield single loaded the bases, Gerald Williams came home on a force play grounder by Carlos Beltran. Ohka was then relieved by Dana Eveland with the Milwaukee lead standing at 6-4.

Mets' reliever Jose Santiago retired the first two Brewer batters in the top of the sixth. He then allowed a double to Rickie Weeks and walked Lyle Overbay. Lee followed with a single to score Weeks from second base and Jenkins singled to load the bases. Santiago ended the inning by getting Bill Hall on a force play grounder.

David Wright homered off Milwaukee reliever Justin Lehr with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Later in the inning, Mientkiewicz and Ramon Castro hit back-to-back doubles for another Met run. Marlon Anderson, pinch-hitting for Santiago, then hit a single off Jorge de la Rosa to score Castro and tie the game, 7-7.

In the top of the ninth, the Brewers regained the lead when Jenkins homered off reliever Roberto Hernandez. It was Jenkins' second home run of the game and the fifth for Milwaukee. The Mets rebounded in the bottom half on a home run by Cameron off reliever Derrick Turnbow to tie the game again.

Neither team scored in the tenth inning. In the top of the 11th, Lee and Jenkins got on base against the Mets' Braden Looper. Hall followed with a line out to right field and Looper struck out Branyan and Miller to end the inning.

Wright singled off Milwaukee's Julio Santana to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Cameron followed with another single, sending Wright to third base. Santana then gave Mientkiewicz an intentional walk and got Castro to fly out to right field. Mike Piazza came up to pinch-hit for Looper and drew a walk to force home Wright with the winning run. The Mets had come out on top in a hitting slugfest.