June 11, 2005: Anderson and Floyd

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Date: June 11, 2005
Mets starter: Kris Benson
Mets: 5
Angels: 3
Winning pitcher: Braden Looper
Key player(s): Marlon Anderson, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Anderson's inside-the-park homer, Floyd's winning homer

The Mets played the second of three games against the Angels in an interleague series at Shea Stadium. The game went into extra innings after Marlon Anderson tied it for the Mets with an inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning. Cliff Floyd came through with a homer in the tenth for an exciting 5-3 Mets win.

Each team scored a run in the second inning. For the Angels, Garret Anderson led off with a double against Mets' starter Kris Benson. Anderson moved to third on Dallas McPherson's single and came home on a double play grounder. The Mets tied it up when Benson was walked by Jarrod Washburn with the bases loaded.

McPherson scored on Adam Kennedy's sacrifice fly to give the Angels a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth. The Mets got doubles from Mike Cameron and Mike Piazza in the fifth and sixth, but could not come up with a run. Washburn and reliever Scot Shields then held down the Mets through the eighth while Benson and Aaron Heilman allowed only three more Angels' hits through the top of the ninth.

Francisco Rodriguez struck out David Wright to open the bottom of the ninth inning. Marlon Anderson was then sent up to bat for Chris Woodward. Marlon hit a drive that got past Angels' center fielder Steve Finley and circled the bases for a game-tying inside-the-park home run. Rodriguez struck out the next two hitters to send the game onward.

The Angels took a 3-2 lead when Darin Erstad singled to score Kennedy in the top of the tenth. Jose Reyes singled off reliever Brendan Donnelly to start the bottom half for the Mets. Donnelly walked Cameron, but struck out Carlos Beltran and Piazza to push the Mets to the brink of defeat. With Cliff Floyd at the plate, Reyes stole third base to move the tying run 90 feet away.

In the clutch, Floyd connected for a three-run homer off Donnelly to win the game for the Mets. It was a dramatic come-from-behind victory in which speed and power both had a part. The win also put an end to a three-game losing streak for the Mets.