July 16, 2006: Floyd and Beltran Slam in the 6th

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Date: July 16, 2006
Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez
Mets: 13
Cubs: 7
Winning pitcher: Pedro Feliciano
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Floyd’s & Beltran’s grand slams in 6th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a late Sunday afternoon at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The teams concluded a three-game series in a nationally-televised game. Grand slam home runs by Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran highlighted an 11-run sixth inning that lifted the Mets to a 13-7 win.

The Cubs scored five times against Mets’ starter Orlando Hernandez in the first two innings of the game. Michael Barrett and Aramis Ramirez hit run-scoring doubles in the bottom of the first. In the second, Sean Marshall led off with a home run and Barrett hit another RBI double to score Juan Pierre. Barrett later crossed the plate on Jacque Jones’ single for another Chicago run. Hernandez was then removed from the game and reliever Darren Oliver finished the inning with no further scoring.

Following a scoreless third, Chris Woodward homered off Cubs’ starter Marshall to begin the top of the fourth. Marshall retired the next three batters and Oliver shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the inning. The Mets added another run on Floyd’s leadoff homer in the top of the fifth. Mets’ reliever Pedro Feliciano then recorded three consecutive outs after a single by Ronny Cedeno in the bottom half.

Beltran reached first base on an error by Chicago second baseman Todd Walker with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Carlos Delgado and David Wright hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Floyd followed with his second home run of the game - a grand slam to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. Xavier Nady drew a walk and Marshall was replaced by Cubs’ reliever Roberto Novoa. Ramon Castro got to first on Walker’s second error and Endy Chavez’s pinch-hit single brought home Nady. An ensuing single by Jose Valentin reloaded the bases for the Mets. Novoa then recorded the second out of the inning when third baseman Ramirez fielded Woodward’s grounder and threw home for a force play on Castro.

With three runners still on base, Beltran hit the Mets’ second grand slam of the inning to extend their lead to 11-5. Delgado hit a double to keep the inning going. Wright followed with a home run to make it an 11-run inning for New York. Chicago’s Will Ohman then came in to pitch and issued two walks before retiring Castro on a fly ball to center fielder Pierre for the third out.

Chad Bradford shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ohman retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Phil Nevin hit a two-run homer off Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman in the bottom half. Chicago’s Glendon Rusch and the Mets’ Heath Bell then pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Rusch shut down the Mets again in the top of the ninth. Duaner Sanchez struck out Matt Murton and Cedeno to begin the bottom half. Sanchez then fanned Angel Pagan for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory that featured a pair of grand slams in the same inning.