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Mets 12, Giants 1 (second game)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Cliff Floyd homered twice and drove in four runs, Kris Benson pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the New York Mets routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 Sunday night for a doubleheader split.

In the opener, Brett Tomko just about ended San Francisco's eight-game losing streak all by himself. He hit a three-run double and pitched into the eighth, leading the Giants to a 6-3 victory.

Lance Niekro homered, doubled and singled, Deivi Cruz added three hits and Marquis Grissom drove in the go-ahead run, ending 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 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.

Setting the tone for his teammates, Carlos Beltran redeemed himself right away in the second game. After failing to track down Grissom's tiebreaking double in the opener, Beltran made a leaping grab to rob Michael Tucker of a leadoff homer in the nightcap.

David Wright homered and scored three times for the Mets, and Victor Diaz also connected. Jose Reyes finished with three hits and scored three times.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tomko (5-7) gave the Giants a much-needed lift after their starters went 0-4 with a 6.99 ERA during the losing streak.

"I knew it was going to take that kind of pitching performance," manager Felipe Alou said. "That's how you win games, it's not how you stop streaks."

With the score tied at 1 and two on in the sixth, Grissom hit a drive to deep center that Beltran probably should have caught. But as he retreated, the ball sliced back over his head and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.

"He must have misjudged it, I guess. The ball was hit pretty hard," New York manager Willie Randolph said.

Beltran returned from a strained right quadriceps on Tuesday.

"You can see he's playing at less than 100 percent," Randolph said. "He's moving gingerly out there but he's giving us the best that he has."

Yorvit Torrealba was intentionally walked to get to Tomko, who lined a 1-1 pitch from Kazuhisa Ishii (1-4) to left-center for his first extra-base hit of the season and a 5-1 lead.

"I was just trying to make contact, just don't walk back to the dugout striking out," said Tomko, who also helped himself with two sacrifice bunts and has five RBIs this season.

The right-hander allowed one run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking two. He was lifted with the bases loaded, and Scott Eyre struck out pinch-hitter Matsui on a high pitch to end the eighth.

Tyler Walker got three outs for his eighth save, retiring Mike Piazza with two on to end it.

San Francisco fielded an all right-handed hitting lineup against Ishii - lefties are 1-for-28 against him this season.

It certainly worked. The erratic lefty gave up six runs - five earned - and a season-high 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

He did have a two-out RBI single in the second, a blooper to left after Victor Diaz was intentionally walked. It was his second RBI in two outings.

Ishii also singled in the fifth and is 5-for-13 (.385) this season with a pair of two-hit games.

Notes

The opener was a makeup of Friday night's rainout. It was the first doubleheader of the year for both teams. ... Wright made two errors at third, giving him 10 this season. ... The Giants are 2-9 in their last 11 road games. They open a six-game homestand Tuesday night against Kansas City.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

C. Floyd
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

K. Benson
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 0
 

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San Francisco Giants
Michael Tucker, CF-RF4000001 .221
Omar Vizquel, SS4120000 .290
J.T. Snow, 1B3000100 .271
    Deivi Cruz, 2B0000000 .322
Moises Alou, RF2000001 .286
    Jason Ellison, CF2000003 .314
    Al Levine, P0000000 .000
Pedro Feliz, LF4011001 .276
Ray Durham, 2B-CF4010002 .265
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4010002 .317
Mike Matheny, C4000001 .240
Jason Schmidt, P1000000 .190
   a- Marquis Grissom, PH1000000 .203
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
    Jason Christiansen, P0000000 .000
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
   b- Lance Niekro, PH-1B1010000 .308
Totals341611011 
a-popped out for Schmidt in the 5th
b-singled for Munter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ray Durham (13, Benson)
RBI - Pedro Feliz (33)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (9)
PK - J.T. Snow (1, Benson)
Team LOB - 7
San Francisco Giants
Jason Schmidt (L,3-2) 4466431 5.69
Jim Brower 1.2544022 7.01
Jason Christiansen 0.1100000 4.58
Scott Munter 1100000 1.69
Al Levine 1222001 7.04
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 98-61, Jim Brower 41-26, Jason Christiansen 8-6, Scott Munter 10-8, Al Levine 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 4-5, Jim Brower 2-1, Scott Munter 2-1, Al Levine 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 20, Jim Brower 10, Jason Christiansen 2, Scott Munter 4, Al Levine 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5331000 .278
Kaz Matsui, 2B4001014 .236
Carlos Beltran, CF2001000 .291
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH-1B2010001 .360
Cliff Floyd, LF4334110 .283
David Wright, 3B5332002 .307
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2100101 .205
    Chris Woodward, 1B-CF1010000 .323
Victor Diaz, RF4112013 .280
Ramon Castro, C3000120 .219
Kris Benson, P2111100 .286
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000001 .292
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
Totals351213124512 
a-singled for Beltran in the 6th
b-grounded out for Benson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes 2 (13, Brower, Levine), Kris Benson (1, Schmidt)
HR - Cliff Floyd 2 (14, Brower, Levine), David Wright (9, Schmidt), Victor Diaz (5, Brower)
SF - Kaz Matsui (3), Carlos Beltran (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes (23), Kaz Matsui (21), Carlos Beltran (28), Cliff Floyd 4 (38), David Wright 2 (32), Victor Diaz 2 (17), Kris Benson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Floyd 3 (18), Victor Diaz 2 (4)
SB - Jose Reyes (15, 2nd base off Schmidt/Matheny), David Wright (6, 2nd base off Schmidt/Matheny)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Marlon Anderson (1, Missed catch), David Wright (10, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Kris Benson (W,4-2) 7311000 3.74
Aaron Heilman 1200100 3.83
Braden Looper 1100000 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 98-60, Aaron Heilman 25-15, Braden Looper 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 7-15, Aaron Heilman 2-1, Braden Looper 2-1
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 25, Aaron Heilman 6, Braden Looper 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33460
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Lance Barksdale