May 10, 2003: Piazza's 10th Inning Homer

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Date: May 10, 2003
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 4
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton
Key player(s): Mike Piazza
Key play: Piazza's home run

The Mets and Padres played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 32,930 was on hand to see an extra-inning game. The Mets came away with a 4-2 win on Mike Piazza's 10th inning home run.

Al Leiter and San Diego starter Roger Deago opened the game with three scoreless innings apiece. Leiter kept the Padres hitless, despite walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch in the top of the second. Deago, making his major league debut, allowed only two singles while striking out two batters and getting Raul Gonzalez on a double play grounder to end the third.

In the fourth, San Diego's Brian Buchanan homered off Leiter for the first run of the game. The Mets tied it in the bottom half of the inning when Cliff Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to score Jay Bell. Each team scored again in the fifth as Mark Loretta came home on Buchanan's sacrifice fly for the Padres and Gonzalez's double plated Joe McEwing for the Mets.

The game was still tied as the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. McEwing and pinch-hitter Roberto Alomar got two-out singles off San Diego reliever Jaret Wright. Both were in scoring position when Wright struck out Gonzalez to end the inning.

The Padres loaded the bases against Mets' reliever Mike Stanton in the tenth, but failed to score. Bell then led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Piazza followed with a two-run homer off Wright to end the game. The Mets had a dramatic victory.

Notes

  • This was the Mets' only extra-inning win of the 2003 season.