August 16, 1999: Alfonzo's Homer in 10th Beats Padres

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Date: August 16, 1999
Mets starter: Octavio Dotel
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Octavio Dotel, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Alfonzo's home run

The Mets and Padres began a three-game series on a Monday night in San Diego. The teams played a three-hour and four-minute game that was decided in extra innings. The Mets came out with a 4-3 win on a home run by Edgardo Alfonzo in the 10th.

Mets' starter Octavio Dotel kept the Padres hitless through the first six innings. He recorded seven strikeouts while issuing only a walk to Tony Gwynn in the bottom of the first. From the second inning to the sixth, Dotel retired all 15 San Diego batters. Meanwhile, the Mets took a 2-0 lead on solo home runs by Mike Piazza and Rickey Henderson off the Padres' Sterling Hitchcock in the second and sixth, respectively.

In the top of the seventh, Hitchcock shut down the Mets despite singles by Rey Ordonez and Dotel. Gwynn and John Vander Wal opened the bottom of the inning with back-to-back walks. Phil Nevin followed with a home run (the first hit off Dotel) to put San Diego ahead, 3-2. Dotel retired each of the next three batters, two of them on strikeouts. Against reliever Dan Miceli, the Mets tied the game in the top of the eighth when Alfonzo crossed the plate on Piazza's double play grounder.

Reliever Turk Wendell retired the Padres 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. San Diego's Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Facing Dennis Cook in the bottom half, Nevin walked and Joyner singled with two outs. Cook then struck out Ben Davis to end the inning.

Padres' reliever Will Cunnane fanned Henderson to begin the top of the 10th inning. Alfonzo followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead. Cunnane then walked Olerud and got Piazza for a double play grounder for the final outs of the inning.

Armando Benitez struck out the first two San Diego batters in the bottom of the 10th. He walked Wiki Gonzalez and retired Eric Owens on a ground ball to first baseman Olerud to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to start the three-game set.