August 5, 2005: Six-Run 2nd Buries Cubs

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Date: August 5, 2005
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 9
Cubs: 5
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Miguel Cairo, Mike Cameron, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Cairo’s, Cameron’s and Floyd’s singles in 2nd

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored six runs in the second inning and defeated Chicago, 9-5.

Mets’ starter Tom Glavine pitched a perfect top of the first. Jose Reyes singled against the Cubs’ Rich Hill to lead off the bottom half. Mike Cameron was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Lawton. Reyes stole second base and scored on Carlos Beltran’s single for a 1-0 Mets lead. Cliff Floyd followed with a single on which Beltran got caught by center fielder Jose Macias’s throw to second baseman Todd Walker for an out. Hill then struck out David Wright to end the inning.

Leading off the top of the second, Aramis Ramirez homered to tie the game at 1-1. Nomar Garciaparra grounded out to Glavine and an error by second baseman Miguel Cairo allowed Jeromy Burnitz to reach base. Macias grounded to Cairo for an inning-ending double play and consecutive walks to Mike Piazza and Chris Woodward began the bottom half. Cairo singled to score Piazza and send Woodward to third base. Glavine reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to bring home Woodward and an infield single by Reyes loaded the bases. Cameron hit a single to drive home both Cairo and Glavine. With Beltran at bat, Reyes went to third and Cameron to second on a double steal. Beltran lined out to third baseman Ramirez and a single by Floyd plated Reyes and Cameron for a six-run inning and a 7-1 Mets lead. Hill was replaced on the mound by Chicago reliever Glendon Rusch, who retired Wright and Piazza on fly balls to right fielder Burnitz to close out the inning.

Despite allowing three singles, Glavine shut down the Cubs in the top of the third. Rusch gave up just a single to Cairo in the bottom half and Ramirez singled to begin the top of the fourth. Garciaparra flied out to left fielder Floyd and a single by Burnitz ensued. Macias hit a single that loaded the bases and Michael Barrett doubled to drive home Ramirez and Burnitz. Rusch was retired on a fly ball to Floyd and a passed ball by catcher Piazza allowed Macias to score, cutting the Mets’ lead to 7-4. Glavine then retired Lawton on a ground ball to first baseman Woodward for the inning’s third out.

Beltran got a one-out single against Rusch in the top of the fourth. Floyd flied out to Macias and a walk to Wright ensued. Piazza and Woodward hit back-to-back singles to plate Beltran and Wright, respectively, and extend the Mets’ lead to 9-4. Cairo grounded back to Cubs’ reliever Roberto Novoa to close out the inning and Glavine retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Novoa then held the Mets to a single by Glavine in the bottom half.

Glavine hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Chicago relievers Kerry Wood and Scott Williamson responded with scoreless bottom halves. In the top of the eighth, Derrek Lee homered with one out for the Cubs’ fifth run of the game. Glavine retired the next two batters to end the inning and Beltran singled against Chicago’s Ryan Dempster to lead off the bottom half. Carlos stole second base and moved to third after Floyd’s fly out to Burnitz. Wright drew a walk and stole second. Dempster then retired Piazza and Woodward on consecutive grounders to Ramirez for the inning’s final outs.

Burnitz grounded out to Mets’ reliever Dae-Sung Koo to open the top of the ninth. Macias was retired on a grounder to Cairo. Koo then got Barrett to ground out to third baseman Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-opening victory.