July 17, 2000: Mets Come Back to Win in 11

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Date: July 17, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 7
Blue Jays: 5
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Joe McEwing, Lenny Harris, Derek Bell, Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile
Key play: McEwing’s home run, Bell’s single, Piazza’s RBI grounder, Zeile’s single in 11th

The Mets faced the Blue Jays on a Monday night in Toronto. The teams played the second game of three in an interleague series at SkyDome. Coming back from a three-run deficit, the Mets emerged with a 7-5 win in 11 innings.

Blue Jays’ starter Pasqual Coco (in his major league debut) pitched a scoreless top of the first. Shannon Stewart drew a walk against the Mets’ Rick Reed to lead off the bottom half. Homer Bush hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Melvin Mora and stole second base. Raul Mondesi grounded out to third baseman Lenny Harris and a home run by Carlos Delgado gave the Jays a 2-0 lead. Brad Fullmer hit a single to center field. Reed then got Tony Batista on a fly ball to left fielder Joe McEwing for the third out.

Todd Pratt drew a two-out walk in the top of the second. McEwing homered to tie the game and Mora drew a walk. Harris hit a single and Coco retired Derek Bell on a foul pop-up to third baseman Batista to close out the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Darrin Fletcher hit a home run for a 3-2 Toronto lead. Jose Cruz, Jr. doubled and Chris Woodward grounded out to Reed. Stewart was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Todd Zeile. Reed then struck out Bush to finish off the inning.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the third. Delgado and Fullmer drew back-to-back walks with one out in the bottom half. Batista followed with a ground ball on which Harris threw to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo for a force out on Fullmer. On the play, Alfonzo made a throwing error that allowed Delgado to score and Batista to move to second. Fletcher singled to drive home Batista and extend the Jays’ lead to 5-2. On his own hit, Fletcher went to second on a throw to the plate. Cruz was given an intentional walk. Reed then fanned Woodward to end the inning.

Harris tripled with one out in the top of the fourth. Lenny came home on a wild pitch and Bell grounded out to Batista. Coco retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to right fielder Mondesi to close out the inning and Reed hurled a perfect bottom half. Mike Piazza hit a double against Coco to open the top of the fifth. Zeile was hit by a pitch and Toronto reliever Paul Quantrill walked Jay Payton to load the bases. Pratt went down on strikes and McEwing’s ground out to first baseman Delgado brought home Piazza, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to 5-4. Quantrill retired Mora on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop Woodward. Reed then surrendered just a walk to Batista in the bottom half.

Quantrill gave up only a single to Alfonzo in the top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Pat Mahomes pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning and Toronto’s John Frascatore yielded just a single to Payton in the top of the seventh. Delgado drew a one-out walk against Mahomes in the bottom half. New York’s Dennis Cook got Fullmer to hit a force play ground ball to first baseman Zeile. Cook then retired Batista on a fly ball to McEwing for the inning’s final out.

Harris singled with two outs in the top of the eighth. Lenny stole second base and scored on Bell’s single for a 5-5 tie. Frascatore retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to left fielder Stewart to end the inning and Cook pitched a perfect bottom half. Jays’ reliever Billy Koch set down the side in order in the top of the ninth and Mondesi drew a two-out walk against the Mets’ Turk Wendell in the bottom of the inning. With reliever John Franco on the mound facing Delgado, Mondesi stole second base. Delgado was given an intentional walk. Franco then got Fullmer to pop out to Harris and finish of the inning.

Blue Jays’ reliever Pedro Borbon, Jr. set down the side in order in the top of the 10th. Franco hurled a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani singled against Borbon to begin the top of the 11th. Bell and Alfonzo followed with consecutive walks that loaded the bases. Piazza hit a force play grounder to second baseman Bush to bring home Agbayani for a 6-5 Mets lead. Zeile singled to score Bell for the seventh New York run of the game. Toronto’s Lance Painter then got Payton to fly out to center fielder Cruz and retired Pratt on a ground ball to Woodward to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Craig Grebeck drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez to begin the bottom of the 11th. Stewart fouled out to Zeile and a strikeout of Bush ensued. Benitez then threw a called third strike past Mondesi to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory in extra innings.