April 13, 2000: Piazza's Double in 9th Beats Phillies

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Date: April 13, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 2
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Mike Piazza
Key play: Reed’s sacrifice fly, Piazza’s double

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Thursday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Mike Piazza hit a run-scoring double in the ninth inning for a 2-1 Mets win.

Rick Reed and the Phils’ Randy Wolf each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Derek Bell singled to lead off the top of the fourth. Todd Zeile flied out to center fielder Doug Glanville and consecutive walks to Benny Agbayani and Rey Ordonez loaded the bases. Reed hit a sacrifice fly to score Bell for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wolf retired Melvin Mora on a ground ball to third baseman Scott Rolen to end the inning. Reed then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Wolf yielded only a single to Jay Payton in the top of the seventh. Mike Lieberthal led off the bottom half with a home run to tie the game. Reed retired the next three batters to close out the inning and Philadelphia relievers Carlos Reyes and Scott Aldred combined to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth. Ron Gant got a one-out single against the Mets’ Turk Wendell in the bottom of the inning. Bobby Abreu drew a walk and Rolen fouled out to first baseman Zeile. New York reliever Dennis Cook then retired Rico Brogna on a pop-up to shortstop Kurt Abbott for the inning’s third out.

Payton singled against Aldred with one out in the top of the ninth. Edgardo Alfonzo was retired on a fly ball to Glanville. Against Phils’ reliever Amaury Telemaco, Piazza doubled to drive home Payton and put the Mets ahead by a run. Bell drew a walk and Telemaco got Zeile on an inning-ending fly ball to Glanville. Lieberthal walked against New York’s Armando Benitez to begin the bottom half. Mickey Morandini’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Kevin Sefcik to second base and a strikeout of Desi Relaford ensued. Benitez then fanned pinch-hitter Kevin Jordan for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.