Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 3
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Game 1: Saturday, June 4
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Game 2: Sunday, June 5
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Game 3: Sunday, June 5
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Giants 1

(24-31, 10-16 away)

Mets 12

(30-27, 20-11 home)

8:05 PM ET, June 5, 2005

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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W: K. Benson (4-2)

L: J. Schmidt (3-2)

Benson pitches three-hit ball for seven innings

NEW YORK -- The San Francisco Giants were feeling good about themselves for the first time in 11 days. Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd and the New York Mets changed that in a hurry.

Did You Know?
This is the latest in a season an entire division of five or more teams has been at .500 or better since June 12, 1994 (AL East).

NL East Standings
1. Washington 31-26 --
2. Atlanta 30-26 ½
3. Philadelphia 30-27 1
3. NY Mets 30-27 1
5. Florida 28-26 1½

-- ESPN Research

Beltran robbed Michael Tucker of a leadoff homer, Floyd connected twice and the Mets routed San Francisco 12-1 Sunday night for a doubleheader split.

"We're proving to ourselves that we're a very good ballclub," New York third baseman David Wright said. "We played long ball, we played small ball. We did everything well offensively."

In the opener, Brett Tomko just about ended the Giants' eight-game losing streak all by himself. He hit a three-run double and pitched into the eighth, leading his team to a 6-3 victory -- its first since May 25 against the Dodgers.

Lance Niekro homered, doubled and singled, and Marquis Grissom drove in the go-ahead run to end San Francisco's longest slide since also dropping eight straight in May 2000.

But ace Jason Schmidt followed with a dud in the nightcap, lasting only four innings. He threw 98 pitches, gave up six runs and walked four -- including pitcher Kris Benson with the bases loaded.

In fact, it was a big day at the plate for pitchers. The starters combined for five RBI and four hits, including a pair of doubles.

On the mound, Benson threw three-hit ball for seven innings -- with a boost from Beltran, who redeemed himself right away. After failing to track down Grissom's tiebreaking double in the opener, he made a leaping grab of Tucker's drive to start the nightcap.

"Save a run right there and maybe set the tempo for the game," Beltran said. "He hit it hard, but at the same time it was very high and that gave me an opportunity to get back to the wall."

Wright homered and scored three times, and Victor Diaz also connected. Jose Reyes finished with three hits and scored three times, and Floyd had four RBI.

Benson (4-2) yielded only Pedro Feliz's RBI single and earned his fourth win in five starts. It was his first victory against San Francisco since Aug. 29, 2000, with Pittsburgh.

"Our starters have been unbelievable," Floyd said.

Schmidt, Benson's teammate with the Pirates from 1999-01, wasn't nearly as good. The right-hander has pitched only 13 1/3 innings in three starts since returning from a strained shoulder, allowing 13 earned runs. This was his first loss in seven starts since April 16 at Colorado.

"I do feel all right. As funny as it may sound, tonight I felt I was almost right there," Schmidt said. "Obviously, the location's got to get better, but I felt I was right there."

Schmidt (3-2) walked Floyd leading off the second and Wright again showed impressive opposite-field power, driving a 1-1 pitch over the right-center fence.

Benson opened the third with a double and advanced when Reyes capped an 11-pitch at-bat with an infield single. Reyes stole second, and consecutive sacrifice flies by Kaz Matsui and Beltran made it 4-0.

Wright singled, stole second and scored on Benson's bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Reyes added an RBI groundout against Schmidt.

"We'd like to know how to get him out of that rut, that streak. He's not the guy we know," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "With the guy we know, we're going to sweep these people tonight. He wasn't throwing the ball well."

Floyd homered off Jim Brower in the fifth. Wright followed with a single and scored on Diaz's fifth home run. Floyd added a two-run shot in the eighth, his 14th, setting off the fourth fireworks display of the night behind the center-field fence.

Game notes


The opener was a makeup of Friday night's rainout. It was the first doubleheader of the year for both teams. ... Mets starters are 7-3 with a 2.26 ERA in the past 11 games. ... It was Floyd's 11th career multihomer game.

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