August 24, 2002: Mets End 12-Game Losing Streak
|Date: August 24, 2002|
|Mets starter: Steve Trachsel|
|Winning pitcher: David Weathers|
|Key player(s): Timo Perez, Roberto Alomar|
|Key play: Perez's homer, Alomar's double|
The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver. After losing their previous twelve games, the Mets were in desperate need of a win. With four runs in the ninth inning, they came up with a 5-2 victory over Colorado to end the skid.
The Rockies got two runs against Mets' starter Steve Trachsel in the first three innings. Todd Helton hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Juan Pierre in the bottom of the first and Trachsel's wild pitch allowed Brent Butler to score in the third. Meanwhile, the Mets were kept completely off base as Colorado's Mike Hampton started off with three perfect innings.
Roberto Alomar led off the top of the fourth with a home run off Hampton to cut the Rockies' lead to 2-1. Trachsel pitched a perfect bottom of the fourth and neither team scored in the fifth. The Mets put two runners on base in the top of the sixth, but failed to bring either of them home before reliever Scott Strickland held Colorado scoreless in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Mets again had two runners on base before Hampton kept them scoreless. In the bottom half, Mark Guthrie and David Weathers combined to shut down the Rockies. Colorado's Todd Jones pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and Weathers answered with the same in the bottom of the inning.
Rockies' reliever Jose Jimenez retired the first two Met batters in the top of the ninth. Just one out away from their 13th straight loss, the Mets got a single from Joe McEwing and a two-run homer from Timo Perez to put them ahead, 3-2. The next two batters reached base and Alomar delivered a double off Justin Speier to score John Valentin and Tony Tarasco and extend the lead to three runs. Speier then struck out Raul Gonzalez to end the inning.
Colorado loaded the bases with two out against Armando Benitez in the bottom of the ninth inning. Benitez then got Jay Payton to hit into a force play for the final out of the game. The Mets had come back from the brink of another defeat to end their 12-game losing streak.