July 19, 2005: Woodward Homers in 11th

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Date: July 19, 2005
Mets starter: Kris Benson
Mets: 3
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Braden Looper
Key player(s): Chris Woodward, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Woodward's home run

The Mets and Padres began a three-game series on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. Despite the fact that nine pitchers were used, each team had only one run through nine innings. The Mets came up with a 3-1 win on Chris Woodward's two-run homer in the 11th inning.

Kris Benson and San Diego's Brian Lawrence started off with four scoreless innings. Benson gave up a hit in each of the first three innings while Lawrence retired all twelve batters he faced. In the fifth, the Padres' Khalil Greene and Cliff Floyd of the Mets each hit leadoff homers to make the game a 1-1 tie.

Benson shut down San Diego in the sixth and seventh innings. Met relievers Dae-Sung Koo and Roberto Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. Meanwhile, the Padres got two-hit shutout relief from Scott Linebrink and Akinori Otsuka from the seventh inning to the end of the ninth.

Braden Looper held San Diego without a hit in the tenth and eleventh innings. Padres' reliever Chris Hammond shut down the Mets in the bottom of the tenth. Hammond also retired David Wright to begin the eleventh before giving up a single to Mike Piazza. For the Mets, Gerald Williams came in to run for Piazza with Woodward coming up to pinch-hit for Looper.

Woodward hit a pitch from Hammond over the wall for a game-ending home run. The Mets had a dramatic victory in extra innings. The Shea crowd of 37,945 went home happy.