September 9, 2004: Mets End 11-Game Skid
|Date: September 9, 2004|
|Mets starter: Kris Benson|
|Winning pitcher: Kris Benson|
|Key player(s): Kris Benson, Jason Phillips|
|Key play: Phillips' single in 2nd, Valent's home run|
On a Thursday afternoon in Miami, the Mets and Marlins completed a three-game series. The number 11 proved significant as the Mets got 11 hits off the Florida pitchers and Kris Benson got credit for the win to even his won-lost record at 11-11. The Mets' 4-0 victory also ended the team's 11-game losing streak.
Benson allowed only three hits through the first five innings. He struck out four batters and his only walk was in the first to Marlins' leadoff hitter Juan Pierre, who was then caught stealing. Meanwhile, the Mets scored twice against Florida starter Ismael Valdez on Jason Phillips' second inning single that brought home Mike Cameron and a home run by Eric Valent in the top of the fourth.
Pierre tripled off Benson with one out in the sixth. Luis Castillo followed with an infield single on which Pierre stayed at third base. Kris then got both Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera to ground out, ending the inning with no runs scored.
The Mets extended their lead to 3-0 in the seventh when Wilson Delgado doubled off reliever Nate Bump to score Phillips. In the eighth, David Wright hit a triple off David Weathers and came home on Richard Hidalgo's single. Meanwhile, reliever Bartolome Fortunato kept the Marlins scoreless with three strikeouts and a double play grounder.
Braden Looper set down the Florida batters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had a shutout win to halt their skid.
- Adding to the "11" factor for the Mets, Valent's homer was his 11th of the season.