July 24, 2005: Benson and Piazza Stifle Dodgers

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Date: July 24, 2005
Mets starter: Kris Benson
Mets: 6
Dodgers: 0
Winning pitcher: Kris Benson
Key player(s): Kris Benson, Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza's home run in 2nd

The Mets and Dodgers concluded a three-game series on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 38,008 looked on as Kris Benson pitched eight shutout innings to record his seventh win of the season. Mike Piazza drove in three runs to help the Mets to a 6-0 victory over Los Angeles.

Benson started the game by retiring the side in order in each of the first three innings. He struck out three batters in keeping the Dodgers completely off base. Meanwhile, the Mets scored four times on Piazza's two-run homer in the second, Cliff Floyd's double that brought home Carlos Beltran in the third and Piazza's third-inning single on which Floyd crossed the plate.

In the fourth inning, Benson kept Los Angeles scoreless despite two singles and a walk. He followed up with two more innings of shutout ball, allowing only a single to Mike Rose. The Mets were unable to add to their lead as Dodgers' starter Brad Penny recovered from his earlier troubles to pitch three scoreless innings from the fourth to the sixth.

In the seventh, Benson and Dodgers' reliever Elmer Dessens allowed one hit each in a scoreless inning. Kris followed up with a perfect top of the eighth. The Mets then scored twice against reliever Scott Erickson on a bases-loaded single by Marlon Anderson that brought home Gerald Williams and Doug Mientkiewicz in the bottom of the inning.

Mets' reliever Aaron Heilman struck out Milton Bradley and Jeff Kent to begin the top of the ninth. Heilman then retired Jayson Werth on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes for the final out of the game. The Mets had a win with solid pitching and timely hitting.