July 29, 2004: Valent Hits for the Cycle

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Date: July 29, 2004
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 10
Expos: 1
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Eric Valent, Mike Cameron
Key play: Valent's cycle, Cameron's two homers

The Mets and Expos played the last of a four-game series at Olympic Stadium on a Thursday afternoon. Eric Valent became the eighth Met player to hit for the cycle and Mike Cameron hit two home runs. The Mets won easily, 10-1.

In the top of the second inning, Ty Wigginton led off with a single against Montreal starter Rocky Biddle. Cameron followed with a two-run homer to put the Mets in front. Valent then singled and David Wright doubled before Biddle recorded two outs. Todd Zeile drew a walk to load the bases and Mike Piazza singled to score Valent and Wright, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead.

Cameron hit his second home run of the game with one out in the third. Valent doubled, but was left stranded at second base. Biddle then left the game with the Expos down by five runs.

Facing reliever Sun-Woo Kim in the fifth, Cameron drew a one-out walk. Valent followed by hitting a ball that came in contact with an outfield speaker for a two-run homer. Mets' starter Al Leiter then retired Montreal in order for the third straight inning to keep the Mets ahead, 7-0.

The Expos scored off Leiter in the sixth when Juan Rivera doubled to score Orlando Cabrera. The Mets then added two more runs in the seventh. With one out, Valent hit a triple off Roy Corcoran to bring home Cameron and complete the cycle. Eric then scored on Wright's second double of the game. The Expos loaded the bases against reliever Pedro Feliciano in the bottom half of the inning, but did not score.

A home run by Richard Hidalgo off Montreal's Claudio Vargas in the eighth gave the Mets their final run of the game. Dan Wheeler then pitched two scoreless innings to finish off the game. The Mets left Montreal with a win highlighted by Cameron's slugging and Valent's cycle.