Wright, Benson lead the way
New York Mets starter Kris Benson is greeted by teammates and applauded by fans after leaving the game against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning of the Mets 9-1 victory Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005

Posted Aug 11, 2005

Mets Notes and Quotes: David Wright and Kris Benson lead the way as the Mets even up in San Diego... in the minors, Brian Daubach's three-run triple lifts Norfolk... Mike Jacobs has another big day for Binghamton...

One night after David Wright's bare-handed grab was lost in the shuffle of a Mets loss, there was no way to overlook the second-year third baseman on Wednesday.

Wright drove in six of the Mets' nine runs with a RBI single, two-run double and three-run homer, while Kris Benson took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning.

The Mets defeated the Padres, 9-1, giving Benson (8-4) just his second victory in his last nine starts.

The mostly clean contest evened the Mets out at 1-1 on a six-game West Coast road trip. New York heads to Los Angeles for three weekend games after Thursday's San Diego series finale.

The game also featured a steal of home plate by Carlos Beltran in the first inning, one of three runs scored by Beltran on the night. Running on the back end of a double steal, Beltran became the first Mets player to steal home since Roger Cedeno on June 29, 2002.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Brian Daubach had a three-run triple and Mike DiFelice added a two-run homer, his 13th, as part of a five-run Norfolk sixth inning, leading the Tides past Charlotte Wednesday, 5-1. Eric Junge (10-5, 3.35) started for Norfolk and hurled six innings of one-run, four-hit ball, while Heath Bell picked up his fifth Triple-A save by tossing three scoreless innings.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Mike Jacobs homered twice and Aarom Baldiris and David Bacani also went deep as the B-Mets defeated Norwich Wednesday, 9-6. Jacobs homered in the third inning, a two-run shot, and added a solo blast in the seventh, part of a four-RBI performance that gives Jacobs 25 homers and 87 RBI this season.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: An Aaron Hathaway single and a fielding error plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning for St. Lucie, helping the Mets past Palm Beach Wednesday, 9-7. Vincent Cordova (4.11 ERA) was shaky in a no-decision start, allowing five runs and seven hits in 3-1/3 innings.

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Greensboro's Brian Cleveland singled in a run against reliever Joseph Serfass in the eighth inning Wednesday, leading his club past Hagerstown, 4-3. The Suns got the benefit of astrong start by Michael Devaney (4.30 ERA), who allowed only a three-run homer and two other hits in seven innings, striking out six.

SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Joe Holden had three hits and six Cyclones drove in runs, but it wasn’t enough to get Brooklyn past Tri-City Wednesday, 7-6. Bobby Parnell (2-1, 1.79) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run (four total) in 4-1/3 innings.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Matt Anderson stroked a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading Kingsport past Pulaski Wednesday, 6-4. Anderson also hit a solo homer in the contest, his fifth, and had a 3-for-4, three-RBI showing at the plate.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE GULF COAST: The GCL Mets pushed across a run in the bottom of the 11th on Jonathan Schemmel's run-scoring hit, edging the GCL Nationals, 6-5. Leivi Ventura and Jose Castro homered for the Mets.

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