April 12, 2001: Ordonez Singles in 10th
|Date: April 12, 2001|
|Mets starter: Glendon Rusch|
|Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez|
|Key player(s): Glendon Rusch, Rey Ordonez|
|Key play: Ordonez's RBi single in 10th|
The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 27,694 was on hand to see the finale of a three-game series. The game was a pitchers duel that resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Mets on Rey Ordonez's run-scoring single in the 10th inning.
Glendon Rusch and Atlanta's John Burkett each pitched shutout ball for the first seven innings. The teams managed a total of eight hits while the pitchers recorded a combined nine strikeouts. Rusch escaped a bases-loaded situation in the first inning and Burkett shut down the Mets in the second after Mike Piazza was throw out at home. The Mets also failed to score after having a runner at third base in the third and seventh innings.
In the top of the eighth, Mets' reliever John Franco kept the Braves scoreless despite a single by Chipper Jones. For Atlanta, Mike Remlinger struck out all three Met batters in the bottom of the inning. Against Armando Benitez, the Braves put their first two batters on base in the top of the ninth, but came up empty. The Mets were then shut down by Atlanta reliever Odalis Perez in the bottom half.
The Braves had runners on first and third base with one out in the top of the tenth inning. Benitez recorded outs on the next two batters to end the scoring chance. Kerry Ligtenberg then came out of the bullpen to pitch for Atlanta.
Ligtenberg walked Todd Zeile to begin the bottom of the tenth. Shinjo's sacrifice bunt moved Zeile to second base and Ordonez came to bat. Rey lined a single to left field that brought home Zeile with the winning run. The Mets had their second win over the Braves in the first Shea series of the new season.