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Pair of slams in 11-run sixth highlight Mets' rout of Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- For the New York Mets, it was a grand slam of an inning.

First, Cliff Floyd homered with the bases loaded. Then, Carlos Beltran did the same. After David Wright added a two-run shot, New York had 11 runs -- the most in a single inning in club history.

"It was just amazing to keep going like that. You never think you're going to score 11 runs in one inning," Floyd said Sunday night after the Mets' sixth-inning outburst sent them to a 13-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

It was one of those hot summer nights at Wrigley Field where the wind is blowing out and the ball is flying over the wall.

New York sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth and benefited from two errors by Cubs second baseman Todd Walker that led to eight of the 11 runs being unearned. The half-inning, on a muggy 95-degree night, took 41 minutes to play and saw the Cubs make 70 pitches.

"You walk up to the plate and you have to start asking questions of the umpire and to the catcher. I know Michael Barrett. 'Have you ever see anything like this?'" Floyd said. "He said, 'No, I haven't.' It's kind of nothing you can do, wind blowing out, you make pitches and we put swings on them and it happens."

The Mets' outburst marked the first time a team had two grand slams in an inning since April 23, 1999, when St. Louis' Fernando Tatis hit two in the third at Los Angeles.

"Obviously in this ballpark, anything can happen at any time," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

"It was a total nightmare. We gave them too many outs. A team like that who can score runs, you can't give them outs," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "I've never seen two grand slams in the same inning."

New York trailed 5-0 after two innings before showing why it is the highest-scoring team in the National League and the one with the best record (55-37).

Floyd's grand slam was a liner to left field off Sean Marshall (5-8) that just cleared the wall and landed in the basket above the ivy.

The Mets loaded the bases the first time when Beltran reached on Walker's error, Carlos Delgado hit a sinking liner to center that Juan Pierre couldn't hold for a single and Wright blooped a base hit to right.

"I think after he (Walker) missed that ball, everything changed our way," Beltran said.

Floyd, who had a solo homer in the fifth, then delivered his sixth career slam to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. He had only seven homers all season entering the game.

"He got it up in the wind and fortunately for him it carried out," Marshall said. "It turned the game. ... It was a tough luck inning for us. They scattered some bloop hits and it was tough to watch, but that stuff happens in baseball."

New York added another run when Walker made his second error, dropping a throw from third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and pinch-hitter Endy Chavez had an RBI single off reliever Roberto Novoa.

Jose Valentin singled to load the bases, and after a runner was cut down at the plate on a fielder's choice grounder, Beltran sent the Mets' second grand slam of the inning into the seats in left-center, the fifth bases-loaded homer of his career.

After Delgado doubled, Wright hit a two-run homer to make it 13-5 and Cubs fans in the bleachers began to throw debris on the field in disgust as the grounds crew ran onto the field to clean it up.

"I was embarrassed to be out there today," Walker said. "I didn't catch either ball. I was responsible for the 11 runs in that inning. You can pin this game on me. I don't know what to say.

"It's humiliating. I wouldn't wish that feeling on anybody. You want to crawl in a hole."

Reliever Pedro Feliciano (3-2) worked a scoreless fifth to get the win.

Marshall was staked to a 5-0 lead after two innings when the Cubs drove veteran Orlando Hernandez out after 1 2/3 innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. Hernandez gave up seven hits and five runs.

Marshall ended up lasting just 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs -- five earned. Novoa lasted one-third of an inning, allowing five hits and six runs, none earned.

Marshall had his first career homer for the Cubs, connecting off Hernandez, and pinch-hitter Phil Nevin hit a two-run shot in the seventh off Aaron Heilman.

Pierre had four of the 15 hits for the Cubs, and Barrett added RBI doubles in the first and second innings to help Chicago jump to the 5-0 lead.

Chris Woodward hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Mets' first run.

Notes

  • The Mets' previous high for an inning was 10 runs against Cincinnati in 1979 and Atlanta in 2000.
  • It marked the first time in club history the Mets had two grand slams in the same inning.
  • It was the first time in club history the Cubs had given up two grand slams in the same inning, according to team historian Ed Hartig.
  • New York, which had 14 hits, had two grand slams this season before Sunday.
 
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David Wright's two-run homer in the sixth inning draws a smile from Cliff Floyd.  (AP)
David Wright's two-run homer in the sixth inning draws a smile from Cliff Floyd. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Barrett
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Floyd
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
 
New York Mets
Jose Valentin, 2B6110001 .284
Chris Woodward, SS5221003 .236
Carlos Beltran, CF4214001 .276
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .275
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Carlos Delgado, 1B4220101 .252
David Wright, 3B5232010 .319
Cliff Floyd, LF4225102 .256
Xavier Nady, RF3110212 .260
Ramon Castro, C5010013 .252
Orlando Hernandez, P0000000 .167
    Darren Oliver, P1000010 .182
   b- Eli Marrero, PH1000011 .218
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   c- Endy Chavez, PH-CF3111001 .282
Totals421314134615 
a-struck out for Heilman in the 8th
b-struck out for Oliver in the 5th
c-singled for Feliciano in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (15, Novoa), David Wright (23, Rusch)
HR - Chris Woodward (3, Marshall), Carlos Beltran (26, Novoa), David Wright (21, Novoa), Cliff Floyd 2 (9, Marshall, Marshall)
RBI - Chris Woodward (15), Carlos Beltran 4 (73), David Wright 2 (77), Cliff Floyd 5 (32), Endy Chavez (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (27), David Wright 2 (29)
SB - Endy Chavez (7, 2nd base off Novoa/Barrett)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Valentin-Delgado
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez 1.2755221 5.52
Darren Oliver 2.1300110 2.05
Pedro Feliciano (W,3-2) 1100020 2.23
Chad Bradford 1100000 3.86
Aaron Heilman 1222101 4.53
Heath Bell 1100020 3.52
Duaner Sanchez 1000030 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 69-40, Darren Oliver 30-20, Pedro Feliciano 19-12, Chad Bradford 9-8, Aaron Heilman 31-19, Heath Bell 16-10, Duaner Sanchez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 2-1, Darren Oliver 3-3, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Chad Bradford 2-0, Aaron Heilman 1-2
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 14, Darren Oliver 11, Pedro Feliciano 4, Chad Bradford 3, Aaron Heilman 6, Heath Bell 4, Duaner Sanchez 3
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF5240000 .278
Todd Walker, 2B5000016 .285
Michael Barrett, C5232012 .329
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5021012 .263
Jacque Jones, RF5011002 .300
John Mabry, 1B3010211 .217
Matt Murton, LF4000123 .277
Ronny Cedeno, SS4110123 .255
Sean Marshall, P3121011 .167
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .250
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
   a- Phil Nevin, PH1112000 .227
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .250
   b- Angel Pagan, PH1000010 .261
Totals41715741020 
a-homered for Ohman in the 7th
b-struck out for Rusch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (18, Oliver), Michael Barrett 2 (14, Hernandez, Hernandez), Aramis Ramirez (20, Hernandez), John Mabry (5, Oliver)
HR - Sean Marshall (1, Hernandez), Phil Nevin (16, Heilman)
RBI - Michael Barrett 2 (34), Aramis Ramirez (55), Jacque Jones (48), Sean Marshall (2), Phil Nevin 2 (46)
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones (19), Phil Nevin 2 (25)
SB - Juan Pierre 2 (32, 2nd base off Hernandez/Castro, 2nd base off Hernandez/Castro), Jacque Jones (5, 2nd base off Oliver/Castro)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Walker-Mabry
E - Todd Walker 2 (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,5-8) 5.1775143 5.00
Roberto Novoa 0.1560002 5.19
Will Ohman 1.1000200 4.15
Glendon Rusch 2200120 7.48
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 71-51, Roberto Novoa 26-17, Will Ohman 24-12, Glendon Rusch 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 5-8, Roberto Novoa 2-0, Will Ohman 2-2, Glendon Rusch 3-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 25, Roberto Novoa 7, Will Ohman 6, Glendon Rusch 8
Game Information
Attendance - 40157
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor