June 19, 2004: Cameron's Single Beats Tigers in 10th
|Date: June 19, 2004|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Braden Looper|
|Key player(s): Mike Cameron, Cliff Floyd|
|Key play: Floyd's single in 8th, Cameron's single in 10th|
The Mets and Tigers faced each other on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. A two-run eighth tied the game for the Mets, sending it into extra innings. Mike Cameron's single in the bottom of the tenth gave the Mets a 4-3 win over Detroit.
The Tigers loaded the bases against Al Leiter in the first. With one out, Carlos Guillen hit a double to score Alex Sanchez and Brandon Inge for a 2-0 Detroit lead. The Mets got a run in the second when Cliff Floyd came home on an error by Tigers' catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
Leiter pitched shutout ball from the third inning to the sixth. Met relievers Jose Parra and John Franco combined for a scoreless seventh. Meanwhile, Tigers' starter Jason Johnson allowed only one more hit to the Mets before Carlos Pena scored in the eighth to extend Detroit's lead to 3-1.
Karim Garcia started the bottom of the eighth with a double off Johnson. With one out, Jose Reyes reached second base on an error by Tigers' second baseman Omar Infante that allowed Garcia to score. Reyes then moved to third on a fly out and came home on Floyd's single off reliever Esteban Yan to tie the game for the Mets.
In the ninth and tenth innings, Braden Looper shut down Detroit without a hit. Reyes got a one-out triple off Craig Dingman in the bottom of the tenth, which was followed by intentional walks to Ty Wigginton and Floyd. Tigers' reliever Danny Patterson got a force out on Reyes at the plate before Cameron's single scored Wigginton with the winning run. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.