August 25, 2002: Gonzalez and Alfonzo Lead Mets Over Rockies

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Date: August 25, 2002
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 7
Rockies: 4
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Raul Gonzalez, Edgardo Alfonzo
Key play: Gonzalez’s two homers, Alfonzo’s homer and single

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Sunday afternoon. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Denver’s Coors Field. Raul Gonzalez and Edgardo Alfonzo drove in all the Mets’ runs in a 7-4 win over Colorado.

Al Leiter and the Rockies’ Denny Neagle each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the fourth, Mike Piazza led off with a double to left field. Alfonzo hit a two-run homer and John Valentin flied out to right fielder Gabe Kapler. Gonzalez followed with his first major league home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Neagle retired the next two New York batters to end the inning and Jay Payton doubled with one out in the bottom half. Payton scored on a double by Todd Zeile and a strikeout of Kapler ensued. Sandy Alomar hit a single to drive home Zeile for the second Colorado run. Juan Uribe then grounded back to Leiter for the inning’s final out.

Timo Perez drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Perez stole second base and Piazza popped out to third baseman Zeile. Alfonzo singled to score Perez with the Mets’ fourth run and Valentin went down on strikes to end the inning. Leiter retired the Rockies 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Neagle pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Al set down the Mountain Men in order again in the bottom of the inning and drew a walk to begin the top of the seventh. Neagle struck out Roberto Alomar and got Perez to fly out to Kapler. Colorado reliever Mark Corey threw a called third strike past Piazza to close out the inning. Leiter then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Alfonzo drew a walk to lead off the top of the eighth inning. Valentin was hit by a pitch and Corey was replaced on the mound by Victor Santos. Gonzalez greeted Santos with his second homer of the game for three runs and a 7-2 Mets lead. Santos retired the next two hitters and issued a walk to pinch-hitter Tony Tarasco. With Roberto Alomar at bat, Tarasco was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Sandy Alomar to shortstop Uribe for the third out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Steve Reed then held the Rockies to a leadoff single by pinch-hitter Juan Pierre in the bottom half.

Colorado’s Kent Mercker retired Roberto Alomar on a pop-up to first baseman Todd Helton to begin the top of the ninth inning. With Perez at the plate, Mercker and Rockies’ manager Clint Hurdle were ejected following a pitch that nearly hit Timo. Brian Fuentes came in to pitch for the Mountain Men and issued a walk to Perez. Piazza hit a ground ball to Uribe for an inning-ending double play and Zeile got a one-out single against Mets’ reliever David Weathers in the bottom half. Kapler followed with a two-run homer and Sandy Alomar grounded out to shortstop Rey Ordonez. Uribe was hit by a pitch, which resulted in ejections for Weathers and Mets’ manager Bobby Valentine. Facing reliever Armando Benitez, Pierre flied out to right fielder Tarasco to end the game. The Mets had their second straight victory in Colorado to close out the weekend series.