July 28, 2001: Ventura's Homer Beats Phillies

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Date: July 28, 2001
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez
Key player(s): Robin Ventura, Benny Agbayani
Key play: Ventura's home run

The Mets played the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The crowd of 38,972 saw the home team get off to a lead before the Phils came back to tie. In the ninth inning, Robin Ventura hit a home run to give the Mets a 4-3 win.

Mets' starter Al Leiter shut out the Phillies for five innings, despite allowing six hits. In the fifth, the Phils loaded the bases with two out before Leiter struck out Bobby Abreu to end the inning. Meanwhile, the Mets got three runs against Philadelphia's Omar Daal on RBI singles by Jay Payton and Benny Agbayani in the first and Agbayani's home run in the fourth.

Tomas Perez homered off Leiter in the sixth for the Phillies' first run. Later in the inning, Doug Glanville's double brought home Todd Pratt. The Phils then knotted the game when Abreu scored on Tsuyoshi Shinjo's error in the top of the seventh.

Following a scoreless eighth inning, Armando Benitez gave up a two-out single to Scott Rolen in the ninth. Rolen was caught stealing to end the inning and Ventura led off the bottom half for the Mets. Robin knocked out a game-winning homer off Phils' reliever Turk Wendell. The Mets had an exciting victory in their final at bat.