June 6, 2003: Phillips and Floyd Sink Mariners

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Date: June 6, 2003
Mets starter: Jae Seo
Mets: 3
Mariners: 2
Winning pitcher: Jae Seo
Key player(s): Jason Phillips, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Phillips’ and Floyd’s home runs

The Mets faced the Mariners on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game interleague series. Jason Phillips and Cliff Floyd hit home runs to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win over Seattle.

The Mariners failed to score after loading the bases against Mets’ starter Jae Seo in the top of both the first and second innings. Seattle’s Ryan Franklin pitched a pair of scoreless bottom halves and Seo gave up only a double to Mike Cameron in the top of the third. Tony Clark singled to open the bottom of the inning. Joe McEwing was hit by a pitch and a sacrifice bunt by Seo advanced the runners to second and third. Roger Cedeno grounded out to second baseman Bret Boone to score Clark for a 1-0 Mets lead. Franklin then got Ty Wigginton to fly out to center fielder Cameron and end the inning.

Franklin got a two-out single in the top of the fourth. Ichiro Suzuki reached on McEwing’s error and Carlos Guillen singled to drive home Franklin with the tying run. Boone flied out to center fielder Jeromy Burnitz to finish off the inning and Franklin hurled a perfect bottom half. Seo set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Phillips slugged a home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Franklin then retired the next three batters to close out the inning.

Seo yielded just a double to Jeff Cirillo in the top of the sixth. Franklin shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Seo retired all three Seattle hitters in the top of the seventh. To begin the bottom of the inning, Floyd homered to stretch the New York lead to 3-1. Burnitz was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Cirillo. Franklin then retired Phillips on a ground ball to Boone and fanned Clark for the inning’s third out.

Cameron hit a single against Seo to open the top of the eighth. Randy Winn doubled and Mets’ reliever David Weathers retired Cirillo on a fly ball to right fielder Cedeno. Ben Davis grounded out to McEwing to bring home Cameron with the Mariners’ second run of the game. Weathers got pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez on a grounder to first baseman Clark that ended the inning. Seattle’s Jeff Nelson then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez retired Suzuki on a pop-up to second baseman Roberto Alomar to begin the top of the ninth. Guillen grounded out to Clark and a single by Boone ensued. Benitez then struck out John Olerud to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.