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GAME OF THE DAY

Mets' 11-Run Inning Includes Two Slams

July 17, 2006|From the Associated Press

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 an 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.

New York sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and benefited from two errors by 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 the Cubs made 70 pitches.

The Mets' outburst marked the first time a team had two slams in an inning since April 23, 1999, when St. Louis' Fernando Tatis hit two in the third against Chan Ho Park at Dodger Stadium.

"I was embarrassed to be out there today," Walker said. "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."

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