September 20, 2005: Jacobs' Single Beats Marlins in 12th
|Date: September 20, 2005|
|Mets starter: Kris Benson|
|Winning pitcher: Aaron Heilman|
|Key player(s): Mike Jacobs, Cliff Floyd|
|Key play: Floyd's throw in 8th, Jacobs' single in 12th|
The Mets and Marlins began a three-game series on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams battled for more than three and one-half hours and into extra innings. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on a run-scoring single by Mike Jacobs in the 12th.
Kris Benson and Florida's A. J. Burnett each allowed one run over the first six innings of the game. A home run by Paul Lo Duca in the second gave the Fish its run while the Mets' scoring came on Burnett's wild pitch that brought home Jose Reyes in the fourth. Burnett singled in the third before Benson started a string of ten straight batters retired. Meanwhile, the Mets were held hitless by Burnett through the end of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Carlos Delgado hit a home run to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Victor Diaz began the bottom half with a double for the Mets' first hit off Burnett. Diaz went to third base on Carlos Beltran's ground out and scored on a single by Cliff Floyd to tie the game. David Wright reached on an error by third baseman Miguel Cabrera to send Floyd to second. Burnett then struck out Mike Piazza and retired Jacobs on a line drive to center fielder Juan Pierre to end the inning.
The Marlins had two runners on base against reliever Victor Zambrano in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Juan Encarnacion hit a single to left field. Floyd fielded the ball and threw out Jeff Conine at home to end the inning. The Mets were then retired in order by Burnett in the bottom half.
Roberto Hernandez shut down the Fish in the top of the ninth inning. For Florida, Todd Jones struck out the side in pitching a scoreless bottom half. Hernandez and Jones each followed up with a perfect tenth inning. In the 11th, Aaron Heilman held the Marlins without a hit and the Marlins' Antonio Alfonseca retired the Mets in order.
Heilman pitched his second scoreless inning in the top of the 12th. Wright hit a two-out double off Brian Moehler in the bottom half. Moehler walked Piazza intentionally and Jacobs stepped up to the plate. Mike delivered a single to right field, scoring Wright to end the game. The Mets had an exciting victory.