September 3, 2002: The 15th Straight Home Loss
|Date: September 3, 2002|
|Mets starter: John Thomson|
|Winning pitcher: Braden Looper|
|Key player(s): Preston Wilson, Juan Encarnacion|
|Key play: Wilson's game-tying home run and Encarnacion's game-winning single|
Starting a day-night doubleheader versus the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium, the Mets were hoping to snap a 14-game home losing streak, tied for the longest with the Boston Bruins in 1911. A blown save by Armando Benitez resulted in a 3-2 loss that extended that streak to a record-breaking 15 games.
Future Met Luis Castillo singled off of Starter John Thomson to lead off the first. Thomson then struck out Andy Fox, but Castillo in the process stole second and the throw from Catcher Mike Piazza got away, allowing him to reach third. He then scored on Kevin Millar's single. Preston Wilson then singled before Thomson retired Derrek Lee and Juan Encarnacion to end the inning. Thomson then threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while Steve Reed pitched a scoreless seventh.
In the bottom of the third, Roger Cedeno hit a leadoff single off of Starter Carl Pavano and moved to third on two groundouts before Timo Perez's two-run home run put the Mets up 2-1. Pavano and five relievers then held the Mets scoreless for the rest of the game.
In the top of the ninth, Wilson homered on the second pitch from Benitez to tie the game. The Mets could not score in the bottom of the inning despite having a runner on second base, forcing extra innings.
In the top of the twelfth, Lee hit a leadoff single off of Scott Strickland and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Encarnacion's single, putting the Marlins up 3-2 while the Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the inning, ending the game.