Floyd Slams Brewers; Mets Win 5-3

Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam which provided all the offense Met starter Al Leiter (4-1) and the top four Met relievers would need in a 5-3 win on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers jumped on top of Leiter in the bottom of the first, as Richie Sexson hit a long solo shot with two outs. They scored again in the third when Robbie Alomar's error allowed Royce Clayton on base and Alex Sanchez followed with a triple to centerfield to drive him in. Leiter was able to get out of the inning without further damage.

Brewers starter Matt Kinney, who came into the game with a 2.19 ERA and a 2-1 record for the 10-20 Beer Makers, was cruising along through the first five innings until he allowed Robbie Alomar, Roger Cedeño and Mike Piazza to reach base to lead off the inning. Kinney was then greeted by a hot Cliff Floyd, who hit a line drive shot over the right centerfield fence for a Grand Slam, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Leiter gave up another run in the bottom of that frame, but this time it was an unearned run. Alex Sanchez broke to steal third and looked to be dead to rights with a good throw from catcher Mike Piazza, but his throw sailed high and off the glove of Ty Wigginton. The ball went into the outfield, and Sanchez came into score, cutting the Met lead to one.

The Brewers' Curtis Leskanic loaded the bases with Mets in the top of the eight, and centerfielder Timo Perez, who made a sparkling play in the outfield in the sixth, walked on four pitches, "driving" home pinch runner Tsuyoshi Shinjo. Joe McEwing then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, short-circuiting the Met threat. The Mets also left the bases loaded last night to end the game, as Raul Gonzalez hit into a double play.

David Weathers relieved Leiter in the seventh, but only went 2/3 of an inning after hitting Wes Helms with a pitch. Lefty Mike Stanton came in and ended the seventh by striking out John Vander Wal, and he himself was relieved with one out in the eighth by Scott Strickland. Strickland came on to retire Keith Ginter and give up a hit to Richie Sexson, and in came Armando Benitez, who has been sought after by the St. Louis Cardinals. Benitez came in and retired Geoff Jenkins on a called third strike, and pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game for the Mets.

The Met offense again looked dead, and with the exception of Floyd's Grand Slam, could not come up with the big hit. Clark left four men on base and Wigginton three, along with McEwing's double play with the bases loaded.

The Mets take on the Dodgers on Tuesday night back at Shea Stadium, off of a 2-4 road trip.


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