May 14, 2004: Floyd's Slam Leads Mets Past Astros

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Date: May 14, 2004
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 8
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Cliff Floyd, Mike Piazza, Kazuo Matsui
Key play: Floyd’s grand slam

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam to lift the Mets to an 8-3 win.

After a scoreless first inning, Mike Piazza homered to lead off the top of the second. Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt retired the next three batters and Morgan Ensberg hit a two-out double against the Mets’ Steve Trachsel in the bottom half. Raul Chavez singled to score Ensberg and tie the game at 1-1. Trachsel then retired Oswalt on a ground ball to second baseman Danny Garcia to end the inning.

Trachsel got an infield single with one out in the top of the third. Ensuing singles by Eric Valent and Kazuo Matsui loaded the bases. Floyd slugged a grand slam to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Piazza singled and Karim Garcia was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Ensberg. Oswalt struck out Ty Wigginton to finish off the inning. Trachsel then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Oswalt shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. Trachsel retired all three Houston batters in the bottom of the inning and Oswalt hurled a perfect top of the fifth. To begin the bottom half, Ensberg singled and stole second base. Chavez flied out to center fielder Mike Cameron and a passed ball by catcher Piazza moved Ensberg to third. Oswalt hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Ensberg. Craig Biggio followed with a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Trachsel then retired Adam Everett on a line drive to right fielder Karim Garcia for the inning’s final out.

Oswalt retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. With one out in the bottom half, Jeff Kent doubled and Lance Berkman drew a walk. Trachsel retired Richard Hidalgo and Ensberg on outfield fly balls to end the inning and Oswalt gave up just a single to Valent in the top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Ricky Bottalico then set down the Astros 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Floyd doubled against Houston reliever Mike Gallo to open the top of the eighth inning. Piazza was given an intentional walk and Karim Garcia followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Everett. Against the Astros’ Brandon Backe, Wigginton hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Kent that brought home Floyd for a 6-3 Mets lead. Backe retired Cameron on an inning-ending pop-up to Kent. With two outs in the bottom half, Kent walked and Berkman singled to right field. Bottalico then got Hidalgo to pop out to shortstop Matsui and end the inning.

Danny Garcia hit a leadoff double against Backe in the top of the ninth. Danny advanced to third base on catcher Chavez’s passed ball and came home on a double by Joe McEwing. Pinch-hitter Shane Spencer was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Biggio. Matsui doubled to plate McEwing with the Mets’ eighth run of the game. Floyd was walked intentionally and Houston reliever Ricky Stone hit Vance Wilson with a pitch to load the bases. Stone then retired Karim Garcia and Wigginton on consecutive outfield flies to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Orber Moreno got Ensberg to ground out to third baseman Wigginton to start the bottom of the ninth. Chavez was retired on a ground ball to Matsui. Moreno then struck out pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to begin the weekend series.