April 22, 2001: Homers and Doubles Put Away Reds

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Date: April 22, 2001
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 5
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Todd Zeile
Key play: Alfonzo’s and Shinjo’s home runs, Zeile’s two doubles

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Two doubles by Todd Zeile and a pair of home runs lifted the Mets to a 5-1 win.

Rick Reed and the Reds’ Elmer Dessens each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Leading off the top of the fourth, Edgardo Alfonzo homered for a 1-0 New York lead. Dessens got Robin Ventura to foul out to catcher Kelly Stinnett and retired both Mike Piazza and Zeile on grounders to shortstop Barry Larkin to end the inning. Reed then gave up just a single to Pokey Reese in the bottom half.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a home run to begin the top of the fifth. Dessens set down the next three Mets batters and Reed hurled a perfect bottom of the inning. Joe McEwing singled to open the top of the sixth. Alfonzo hit a single and Dessens retired Ventura and Piazza on fly balls to center fielder Ruben Rivera. Zeile followed with a double that drove home McEwing and Alfonzo for a 4-0 New York lead. Cincinnati reliever Mark Wohlers got Shinjo to line out to second baseman Reese and end the inning. Reed then retired the Reds in order in the bottom half.

Wohlers yielded only a single to Rey Ordonez in the top of the seventh. Rivera homered to begin the bottom of the inning. Reese flied out to right fielder Shinjo and a foul pop-up by Stinnett was caught by catcher Piazza. Pinch-hitter D. T. Cromer hit a double and Reed was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell. With Larkin at bat, Wendell caught Cromer with a pickoff throw to shortstop Ordonez for the final out of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Desi Relaford singled against Reds’ reliever Scott Sullivan with one out in the top of the eighth. Piazza singled and Zeile hit a double to score Relaford with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Trying to score on Zeile’s hit, Piazza was out at home via a relay throw by Reese to Stinnett. Sullivan retired Shinjo on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman Aaron Boone. Wendell issued a walk to Larkin to begin the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook then set down the next three Cincinnati batters to close out the inning.

For the Reds, reliever Danny Graves retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. New York’s Armando Benitez struck out Boone to open the bottom half. Rivera flied out to left fielder McEwing and single by Reese ensued. Benitez then fanned Stinnett to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.