June 13, 2004: Mets Beat Royals to End Skid

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Date: June 13, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Royals: 2
Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine
Key player(s): Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Eric Valent
Key play: Piazza’s home run, Valent’s single

The Mets faced the Royals on a Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. The teams played the finale of a three-game interleague series. The Mets ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win.

Tom Glavine and the Royals’ Zack Greinke each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Leading off the top of the fourth, Kazuo Matsui singled to left field. Mike Piazza followed with a two-run homer and Cliff Floyd flied out to left fielder Desi Relaford. Greinke got Todd Zeile to ground out to third baseman Joe Randa and retired Karim Garcia on an inning-ending fly ball to Relaford. Glavine then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Mike Cameron drew a walk with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Jason Phillips grounded out to second baseman Tony Graffanino to advance Cameron to second. Eric Valent hit a single to score Cameron for a 3-0 Mets lead and Matsui grounded back to Greinke to close out the inning. Glavine set down all three Kansas City batters in the bottom half and Greinke retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Tom then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

Garcia singled to begin the top of the seventh. On Greinke’s third strike to Ty Wigginton, Garcia stole second base and moved to third on an error by catcher Benito Santiago. Cameron hit a double to bring home Garcia and stole third. Phillips followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Cameron and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Greinke then got Valent on a ground ball to first baseman Mike Sweeney for the inning’s final out.

A single by Randa opened the bottom of the seventh inning. Santiago reached on an error by third baseman Zeile and a force play grounder by Angel Berroa followed. Relaford’s ensuing ground out to first baseman Valent scored Randa from third. Glavine retired Byron Gettis on a fly ball to center fielder Cameron for the final out of the inning. Royals’ reliever Jaime Cerda then hurled a scoreless top of the eighth.

Glavine fanned Graffanino to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Brandon Berger reached on an error by shortstop Matsui and a line drive by Sweeney was caught by Cameron. Ken Harvey hit a double to drive home Berger with the second Kansas City run of the game. Mets’ reliever Ricky Bottalico struck out Randa to finish off the inning. Kansas City’s Nate Field then gave up only a walk to Phillips in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Braden Looper struck out Santiago to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Berroa was retired on a ground ball to Matsui. Looper then got Relaford on a fly ball to Cameron for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to stop their skid.