August 11, 2000: Alfonzo and Piazza Slug Giants

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Date: August 11, 2000
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 4
Giants: 1
Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza
Key play: Alfonzo's and Piazza's home runs

The Mets and Giants squared off on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The start of a four-game overlapping weekend series, the game featured key home runs by Mike Piazza and Edgardo Alfonzo in the middle innings. The Mets came out with a 4-1 win.

Glendon Rusch and San Francisco's Mark Gardner opened with three scoreless innings. In the top of the fourth, Rusch recorded his fourth and fifth strikeouts while retiring the Giants in order. Darryl Hamilton started the bottom half with a double off Gardner and Piazza hit a two-run homer to put the Mets into the lead.

Ellis Burks singled to score Calvin Murray for the Giants in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Rick White relieved Rusch and retired the San Francisco hitters in order. Hamilton singled in the bottom of the inning before Alfonzo connected for a home run. Gardner was then replaced by reliever Doug Henry.

White, John Franco and Armando Benitez combined for three hitless innings of relief to end the game. The Mets got the extended weekend under way with a victory.