He won the showdown with a three-run homer on a full-count pitch
that came moments after he sent a long drive into the right-field
seats just foul. His 15th home run of the year gave the Mets a 5-3
comeback victory over the Angels on Saturday night.
"We all in here know that when you hit a long home run foul,
the next pitch you strike out," he said, laughing. Floyd had
struck out in his previous three at-bats.
"I had to make sure that I stayed focused and not get caught up
in that stuff," he said.
"He's a good hitter," Donnelly said. "He's never seen me
before and I had never seen him before. He fouled off a lot of good
Then he hit a not-so-good one over the center-field fence to end
a see-saw game.
"It was a tremendous at-bat," Mets manager Willie Randolph
said. "Cliff just hung in there."
Marlon Anderson had tied the score for the Mets in the bottom of
the ninth with a pinch hit, inside-the-park homer before Darin
Erstad's RBI single against Braden Looper (2-1) had put the Angels
ahead 3-2 in the top of the 10th.
Jose Reyes, celebrating his 22nd birthday, popped a single to
left leading off against Donnelly. Mike Cameron walked but Donnelly
came back to strike out Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza. That
brought up Floyd.
Reyes stole third, surprising Donnelly.
"He got to third on what I thought was a time-out," the
Floyd then ended it, giving the Mets a victory for the first
time this season in a game in which they trailed after eight
innings. They are now 1-26 in such situations.
The Angels had gone ahead on an unearned run after an error by
first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz. Erstad, who had been 0-for-4,
followed the error with his hit against Looper.
The Angels nursed a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Then Anderson tied the score with his homer off Angels closer
Francisco Rodriguez. The ball caromed away from center fielder
Steve Finley, who ran it down in right-center field as Anderson
circled the bases. He barely beat the play at the plate, colliding
face-first into Bengie Molina's mask on his slide.
"The ball hit my right knee," Finley said.
Anderson had to be helped off the field and needed three
stitches in his chin.
It was the 13th pinch-hit this season for Anderson, who leads
the majors, and the first inside-the-park homer for the Mets since
Timo Perez did it against Philadelphia on Sept. 24, 2000. It was
Anderson's seventh career pinch-hit home run.
Anderson knew he might get the go-ahead from third base coach
Manny Acta with the Mets struggling for runs.
"I wasn't surprised seeing that the ball kicked away,"
Anderson said. "I knew if he had a shot of scoring me, he was
going to try for it."
"It's still one of the most exciting plays in the game,"
Jarrod Washburn, bidding for just his second win in his last
seven starts, limited the Mets to six hits over 6 1/3 innings and
allowed his only run when he walked opposing pitcher Kris Benson
with the bases loaded in the second inning. He struck out three and
Washburn was lifted in the seventh after surrendering a one-out
pinch-hit single to Miguel Cairo. Scott Shields relieved and
retired Reyes and Cameron to end the inning. Rodriguez came on in
The Angels scored in the second inning when Garret Anderson led
off with a double and moved to third on a single by Dallas
MacPherson. Anderson then scored as Molina hit into a double play.
In the bottom of the second, Piazza and Floyd opened with
singles. Two outs later, Kaz Matsui walked, loading the bases.
After Benson walked on four pitches, forcing in the tying run, Adam
Kennedy went far behind second base for Reyes' bouncer and flipped
to Orlando Cabrera for the force play, ending the inning.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 24 minutes by
rain. ... The Mets video board did some All-Star game
electioneering, urging votes for 3B David Wright and SS Reyes. ...
CF Beltran robbed Molina of a two-run homer in the seventh, going
up over the fence for his drive. ... Plate umpire Larry Young
borrowed a catcher's helmet and mask from the Angels when his
broke. He got his own back after repairs were made. Then he took a
pitch off his right knee.