August 4, 2001: Two Runs in 4th Lead Mets Past Snakes

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Date: August 4, 2001
Mets starter: Kevin Appier
Mets: 4
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Kevin Appier
Key player(s): Kevin Appier, Vance Wilson, Jay Payton, Mark Johnson
Key play: Wilson’s and Payton’s RBI singles, Williams’ error, Johnson’s home run

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Saturday afternoon in Phoenix. The teams played a three-hour and nine-minute game. A pair of runs in the fourth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-2 win over Arizona.

Diamondbacks’ starter Miguel Batista pitched a perfect top of the first. With one out in the bottom half, Junior Spivey homered for a 1-0 Snakes lead. Mets’ starter Kevin Appier got Luis Gonzalez to foul out to catcher Vance Wilson and retired Erubiel Durazo on a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo that ended the inning. Todd Zeile was hit by a pitch to open the top of the second. Mark Johnson was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Reggie Sanders. Zeile advanced to second base on Jay Payton’s ground out to second baseman Spivey and scored the tying run on a single by Wilson. Rey Ordonez singled and Batista fanned Appier for the inning’s third out. Kevin then yielded only a single to Matt Williams in the bottom half.

After a scoreless third, Zeile got a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. Todd moved to third base on Johnson’s double and came home on a single by Payton. Wilson reached on third baseman Williams’ error to drive home Johnson for a 3-1 Mets lead. Ordonez grounded to Williams for a double play and Batista struck out Appier to finish off the inning. Gonzalez drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Durazo and Williams both went down on strikes and Steve Finley hit a double. Trying to score on Finley’s hit, Gonzalez was out at home via a relay throw by Alfonzo to Wilson for the final out of the inning.

Batista retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Appier gave up just a single to Sanders in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the sixth, Johnson hit a home run against Arizona reliever Mike Morgan to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Payton drew a walk and Wilson grounded out to Williams. Ordonez was walked intentionally and Morgan retired Appier on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Craig Counsell. With one out in the bottom half, Spivey singled and went to second base on a wild pitch. Gonzalez singled to score Spivey with the Snakes’ second run of the game. Durazo walked and Williams hit a ground ball to shortstop Ordonez for a double play that closed out the inning.

Morgan shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Appier hurled a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo drew a walk against Diamondbacks’ reliever Greg Swindell to lead off the top of the eighth. Payton singled to advance Shinjo to third base and Arizona’s Bret Prinz struck out Wilson. With Ordonez at bat, Shinjo got caught between bases on a steal attempt and was tagged out by catcher Mike DiFelice. Prinz retired Ordonez on a grounder to Williams to end the inning. Mets’ reliever John Franco then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Snakes’ reliever Byung-Hyun Kim set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. The Mets’ Armando Benitez got Williams on a ground ball to third baseman Robin Ventura to start the bottom of the inning. Finley flied out to center fielder Payton and a single by pinch-hitter David Dellucci ensued. With pinch-hitter Mark Grace at the plate, Dellucci went to second base on defensive indifference. Grace followed with a single on which Dellucci was hit by the batted ball for the final out of the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.