July 14, 2001: Rusch and Benitez One-Hit Red Sox

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Date: July 14, 2001
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 2
Red Sox: 0
Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch
Key player(s): Glendon Rusch, Armando Benitez, Mark Johnson
Key play: Johnson's home run in 2nd

The Mets and Red Sox played each other on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 52,006 was on hand to witness a combined one-hitter by Met pitchers Glendon Rusch and Armando Benitez. The team came out with a 2-0 win.

Rusch struck out Jose Offerman to open the first inning. The Red Sox then got two runners on base on an error by third baseman Lenny Harris and a bunt single by Trot Nixon. Manny Ramirez then lined out to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and Rusch struck out Dante Bichette to end the inning.

Mark Johnson led off the bottom of the second with a home run. Boston starter Rolando Arrojo then retired fifteen consecutive batters. Through the end of the sixth, both Rusch and Arrojo had allowed only one hit apiece, but the Mets had a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Rusch set down the Sox in order for the fifth time in the game. Desi Relaford then began the bottom of the inning with a double off Arrojo. Relaford moved to third on Robin Ventura's ground out to first base and came home when Johnson grounded out to second. Later in the inning, Arrojo was replaced by reliever Hipolito Pichardo after allowing a single to Harris and a walk to Alfonzo.

Rusch got another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the eighth. Glendon got Lou Merloni and Mike Lansing on called third strikes and pinch-hitter Doug Mirabelli to foul out to first baseman Johnson. Benitez then pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out Chris Stynes and Nixon to end the game. The Mets had a victory with an impressive one-hit shutout between two pitchers.