May 21, 2005: Mets Pound Yanks with 15 Hits

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Date: May 21, 2005
Mets starter: Kris Benson
Mets: 7
Yankees: 1
Winning pitcher: Kris Benson
Key player(s): Kris Benson, Jose Reyes, David Wright
Key play: Reyes' single in 2nd, Wright's two doubles

The Mets and Yankees faced each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Every batter in the Mets' starting lineup got at least one hit as the team totaled 15 for the game. The result was a 7-1 Mets win over the Yanks.

The Mets got three singles in the first inning, but failed to score against Yankees' starter Randy Johnson. They got three more singles in the second, the last of which was delivered by Jose Reyes to bring home Kazuo Matsui for a 1-0 lead. In the third, the Mets got three more hits off Johnson, including David Wright's double that scored Mike Piazza with another run.

On the mound, Kris Benson shut down the Yanks for the first six innings of the game. Benson allowed only two hits before giving up a single to Alex Rodriguez to start the top of the seventh. Mets' reliever Dae-Sung Koo entered the game. After Rodriguez was caught stealing, Koo struck out two Yankee batters to end the inning. In the bottom half, Koo led off with a double and scored a run. Miguel Cairo added a homer to extend the Mets' lead to 4-0. Johnson was later replaced by reliever Paul Quantrill.

Mike Cameron led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single off the Yanks' Buddy Groom. Wright followed with his second double of the game to score Cameron. After two outs and a walk to Eric Valent, Reyes hit a triple off Groom (the Mets' 15th hit) for two more runs. Cairo then struck out to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Rodriguez singled off Braden Looper with two out to bring home Tony Womack. It was all the Yanks would get as Looper got Jorge Posada on a force play grounder to end the game. The Mets had a victory over their cross-city rivals.