August 28, 2003: Reyes Homers From Both Sides of Plate

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Date: August 28, 2003
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 3
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Jose Reyes
Key play: Reyes' two home runs

The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Thursday night. The game was the last of a three-game series in Atlanta and the end of the Mets' nine-game road trip. Jose Reyes homered both left-handed and right-handed to lead the Mets to a 3-1 win.

Al Leiter and the Braves' Mike Hampton each started the game by pitching four scoreless innings. Al gave up only a double to Mike Hessman while Hampton surrendered three singles and two walks to the Mets. In the fourth, the Mets had the bases loaded with two out when Hampton retired Leiter on an infield grounder to end the scoring chance.

Batting right-handed against the lefty Hampton, Reyes hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth inning. Hampton struck out three of the next four batters and Leiter shut down the Braves in the bottom half. Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh as Leiter and Hampton both faced the minimum six batters. Atlanta reliever Trey Hodges and the Mets' David Weathers then pitched scoreless ball in the eighth inning.

Hodges walked Joe McEwing to lead off the top of the ninth. McEwing moved to second base on Jeff Duncan's sacrifice bunt and Tony Clark flied out. From the left side against the righty Hodges, Reyes hit a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Reliever Jason Marquis ended the inning with a strikeout of Ty Wigginton.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Robert Fick drew a leadoff walk. Weathers got Mark DeRosa to hit into a force play and Marcus Giles reached on an error by second baseman Marco Scutaro. Weathers' error on Gary Sheffield's grounder allowed DeRosa to score from third base for the Braves' first run. David then retired Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones to end the game. The Mets had a victory as Reyes drove in all the team's runs with switch-hitting homers.