July 22, 2000: Reed Leads Four-Hit Shutout of Braves

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Date: July 22, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 4
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Jay Payton, Derek Bell
Key play: Payton's RBI single, Reed's sacrifice fly, Bell's home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Rick Reed and two relievers teamed up for a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 Mets win.

Braves' starter Greg Maddux pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Reed set down the side in order in the bottom half and Mike Piazza singled to begin the top of the second. Piazza advanced to second base on Todd Zeile's ground out to Maddux and came home on Jay Payton's single for a 1-0 Mets lead. Benny Agbayani flied out to right fielder Brian Jordan to end the inning. Reed then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

After hurling a perfect top of the third, Maddux singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Rafael Furcal took a called third strike for the inning's final out and Maddux set down the side 1-2-3 again in the top of the fourth. Reed gave up just a single to Chipper Jones in the bottom half and Zeile doubled to open the top of the fifth. Payton got an infield single to advance Zeile to third base and moved to second on Agbayani's ground out to third baseman Chipper Jones. Melvin Mora was walked intentionally to load the bases and Reed followed with a sacrifice fly to score Zeile. Maddux got Joe McEwing on a grounder to Chipper Jones to close out the inning. Reed then shut down the Braves in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the sixth, Derek Bell hit a home run to extend the Mets' lead to 3-0. Lenny Harris grounded out to second baseman Keith Lockhart and a fly ball by Piazza was caught by left fielder Bobby Bonilla. Zeile flied out to center fielder Andruw Jones to end the inning and Reed hurled a scoreless bottom half. Maddux retired all three batters in the top of the seventh and Chipper Jones got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Jordan grounded to third baseman Harris for a double play and Andres Galarraga singled for the Braves' fourth hit of the game. Reed then retired Bonilla on a fly ball to left fielder Agbayani for the inning's third out.

Maddux pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Mets' reliever John Franco retired the side in order in the bottom half and Piazza drew a walk against Atlanta's Scott Kamieniecki to begin the top of the ninth. Zeile walked and Payton flied out to Andruw Jones. Agbayani went down on strikes and Mora reached on Chipper Jones' two-base error to plate Piazza with the fourth New York run. Pinch-hitter Mark Johnson drew a walk to load the bases. Kamieniecki then got McEwing to pop out to shortstop Furcal and finish off the inning.

Furcal drew a walk against Mets' reliever Armando Benitez to open the bottom of the ninth. Andruw Jones was struck out and Chipper Jones flied out to center fielder Payton. Benitez then threw a called third strike past Jordan to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.