April 6, 2002: Nine Runs in 9th Bury Braves

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Date: April 6, 2002
Mets starter: Jeff D'Amico
Mets: 11
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: David Weathers
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordonez, Roger Cedeno, Vance Wilson
Key play: Alfonzo’s, Ordonez’s and Wilson’s doubles, Cedeno’s single in 9th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series. The Mets broke a tie with nine runs in the ninth inning for an 11-2 win.

Roger Cedeno singled against Braves’ starter Tom Glavine to lead off the top of the first. Roberto Alomar was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Chipper Jones. Cedeno stole second base and John Valentin flied out to center fielder Andruw Jones. Mike Piazza reached on an error by second baseman Marcus Giles. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a double that drove home Cedeno and Piazza for a 2-0 Mets lead. Glavine struck out Jeromy Burnitz to end the inning. Mets’ starter Jeff D'Amico then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

D’Amico and Glavine each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fifth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the sixth and Andruw Jones got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Chipper Jones drew a walk and Gary Sheffield as retired on a fly ball to center fielder Jay Payton, after which Andruw and Chipper advanced to third and second, respectively. Vinny Castilla popped out to second baseman Alomar and a single by B. J. Surhoff plated the Joneses to tie the game at 2-2. With Javy Lopez at bat, Surhoff was caught stealing on catcher Piazza’s throw to Alomar for the inning’s third out.

Glavine hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever Scott Strickland set all three batters in the bottom half. Atlanta’s Kerry Ligtenberg and Mike Remlinger combined for a perfect top of the eighth and New York’s David Weathers surrendered only a walk to Andruw Jones in the bottom of the inning. Payton tripled against the Braves’ John Smoltz to begin the top of the ninth. Jay stayed at third base on Ordonez’s infield single and Joe McEwing went down on strikes. Cedeno hit a single to score Payton and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Alomar singled to bring home Ordonez and a balk moved the runners to second and third base. Mark Johnson was called out on strikes and Vance Wilson doubled to score Cedeno and Alomar for a 6-2 Mets lead. Alfonzo was walked intentionally and pinch-hitter McKay Christensen singled to load the bases. Payton walked to force home Wilson, increasing the New York lead to 7-2. Smoltz was then replaced on the mound by Braves’ reliever Aaron Small.

Ordonez greeted Small with a double that brought home Alfonzo, Christensen and Payton for a 10-2 Mets lead. Rey scored the Mets’ eleventh run of the game (ninth of the inning) on a double by McEwing. A wild pitch sent McEwing to third and consecutive walks to Cedeno and Alomar loaded the bases once again. Small then threw a called third strike past Johnson to finish off the inning.

With Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez on the mound, Castilla reached on shortstop Ordonez’s error to begin the bottom of the ninth. Surhoff went down on strikes and Lopez singled to advance Castilla to third base. Benitez then got Giles to hit a grounder to Ordonez for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory with a late offensive outburst.

Notes

  • Christensen’s single was his only hit as a Met and last one as a major league player.