April 7, 2000: Reed and Benitez Four-Hit Dodgers

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Date: April 7, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 1
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Armando Benitez, Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura
Key play: Piazza’s double, Ventura’s RBI ground out

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Rick Reed and Armando Benitez combined on a four-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win over Los Angeles.

Reed retired the side in order in the top of the first inning. Jon Nunnally drew a walk against Dodgers’ starter Darren Dreifort to lead off the bottom half. Derek Bell went down on strikes and a wild pitch moved Nunnally to second base. Edgardo Alfonzo walked and advanced to third on Mike Piazza’s double that drove home Nunnally. Robin Ventura grounded out to second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to score Alfonzo for a 2-0 Mets lead. Todd Zeile drew a walk and Dreifort retired Jay Payton on a fly ball to center fielder Devon White for the third out.

Reed and Dreifort each pitched scoreless and hitless second and third innings. With one out in the top of the fourth, Gary Sheffield homered for the Dodgers’ first run of the game. Shawn Green hit a double and Eric Karros grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo to end the inning. Reed got a one-out single in the bottom half. Nunnally drew a walk and Bell walked to load the bases. Alfonzo lined out to shortstop Jose Vizcaino, who then threw to Grudzielanek for an out at second on Nunnally and an inning-ending double play.

Adrian Beltre got a single with one out in the top of the fifth. Beltran moved to second base on Vizcaino’s single and to third after Dreifort’s fly out to right fielder Bell. Vizcaino stole second and Todd Hollandsworth was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Payton that ended the inning. Dreifort surrendered only a walk to Zeile in the bottom half and Reed set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Los Angeles reliever Matt Herges then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Reed retired all three batters on infield ground balls in the top of the seventh. Herges set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Hollandsworth drew a two-out walk against Reed in the top of the eighth. Benitez came in to pitch for the Mets and got Grudzielanek on a foul pop-up to first baseman Zeile to close out the inning. Dodgers’ reliever Terry Adams then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Sheffield was retired on a fly ball to Bell to begin the top of the ninth. Green drew a walk and Karros flied out to center fielder Melvin Mora. Benitez then got Todd Hundley to ground out to Zeile and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the series.