July 3, 2004: Mets Beat Yanks With Run in 9th

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Date: July 3, 2004
Mets starter: Matt Ginter
Mets: 10
Yankees: 9
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Ty Wigginton, Shane Spencer, Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Floyd’s home run, Wigginton’s home run, Spencer’s double, Matsui's run in 9th

The Mets faced the Yankees on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second game of a weekend Subway Series. The Mets scored in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 10-9 victory.

Miguel Cairo drew a walk to open the top of the first. Derek Jeter singled to advance Cairo to third base and Gary Sheffield popped out to second baseman Jose Reyes. Alex Rodriguez grounded out to Reyes to score Cairo with the first run of the game. An ensuing single by Hideki Matsui brought home Jeter with another Yankee run. Mets’ starter Matt Ginter then retired Bernie Williams on a fly ball to center fielder Shane Spencer to end the inning.

Kazuo Matsui got a one-out double against the Yanks’ Jose Contreras in the bottom of the first. An ensuing single by Mike Piazza plated Kazuo to cut the Yankee lead to 2-1. Cliff Floyd hit a grounder to first baseman Tony Clark for an inning-ending double play and Clark homered to lead off the top of the second. Ginter set down the next two batters and yielded a single to Cairo. With Jeter at the plate, Cairo was caught on a steal attempt by catcher Jason Phillips to shortstop Kazuo Matsui for the third out of the inning. Contreras then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Ginter pitched a perfect top of the third. Reyes singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Kazuo Matsui singled to left field and Piazza popped out to second baseman Cairo. Floyd hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Contreras then got Richard Hidalgo on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Williams.

Hideki Matsui drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth inning. Williams flied out to left fielder Floyd and a double by Clark ensued. John Flaherty reached on an error by Ginter that allowed Hideki Matsui to score the tying run. Contreras went down on strikes and Cairo doubled to bring home Clark and Flaherty for a 6-4 Yanks lead. Mets’ reliever Dan Wheeler fanned Jeter for the inning’s final out and Spencer hit a double to begin the bottom half. Phillips followed with a ground out to third baseman Rodriguez. Ty Wigginton hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Contreras set down the next two hitters to close out the inning and Wheeler hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. The Mets were then retired in order by Contreras in the bottom half.

Williams drew a walk to begin the top of the sixth inning. Clark hit his second homer of the game to give the Yankees a two-run lead. Wheeler set down the next three batters and Hidalgo homered to lead off the bottom half. Paul Quantrill replaced Contreras on the mound and completed the inning with no further scoring. The Yanks had runners at first and third base with none out against Mets’ reliever Jose Parra in the top of the seventh. Rodriguez was retired on a pop-up to Phillips. Parra then got Hideki Matsui on a ground ball to Reyes for a double play that ended the inning.

Kazuo Matsui got a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh. Piazza popped out to Cairo and Yankees’ reliever Felix Heredia hit Floyd with a pitch. Reliever Tom Gordon issued a walk to Hidalgo to load the bases. Spencer doubled to drive home Kazuo and Floyd, giving the Mets a 9-8 lead. Phillips hit a grounder to shortstop Jeter for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Mike Stanton walked Williams to start the top of the eighth. Clark reached on an error by third baseman Wigginton and a sacrifice bunt by Flaherty put Yankee runners at second and third. Pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra hit a sacrifice fly against the Mets’ Ricky Bottalico to score Williams and tie the game once again. Cairo drew a walk and Jeter flied out to right fielder Hidalgo to end the inning. Gordon then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Bottalico set down the first two Yankee hitters in the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi followed with a double against Mets’ reliever John Franco. Williams was walked intentionally and Clark singled for his fourth hit of the game to load the bases. Franco then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jorge Posada for the third out of the inning.

Yanks’ reliever Tanyon Sturtze walked Kazuo Matsui to open the bottom of the ninth. Piazza popped out to Cairo and a walk to Floyd ensued. Hidalgo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Spencer hit a ground ball that was fielded by Sturtze. The pitcher’s throw to the plate was unsuccessful as Kazuo scored his fourth run of the game to end it. The Mets had defeated their cross-city rivals for the second day in a row.

Notes

  • The win for Franco was the last of his major league career.