July 29, 2001: Piazza's Homer Beats Phillies
|Date: July 29, 2001|
|Mets starter: Kevin Appier|
|Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez|
|Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Tsuyoshi Shinjo|
|Key play: Shinjo's & Piazza's home runs|
The Mets concluded a four-game series with the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Just one day after Robin Ventura's game-winning home run in the ninth inning, Mike Piazza provided an encore with another winning blast in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets defeated Philadelphia, 6-5.
In the first inning, the Mets got off to a 2-0 lead against Phils' starter Nelson Figueroa. With one out, Desi Relaford singled and scored on a double by Piazza. Mike came home when Ventura followed with a single to left field. The Phillies tied the game in the fourth on Bobby Abreu's two-run homer off Mets' starter Kevin Appier.
Joe McEwing and Relaford got two-out singles off Figueroa in the bottom of the fifth. Piazza then delivered a single to left field. McEwing tried to score from second base, but was out at the plate on a throw by Felipe Crespo. The Phils then loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, but Appier got Crespo and Kevin Jordan on pop-ups to end the inning.
The Mets took a one-run lead when Lenny Harris scored on Piazza's force play grounder in the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, Scott Rolen's two-run homer off John Franco gave Philadelphia a 4-3 lead. Tsuyoshi Shinjo then homered off the Phils' Jose Santiago with Jay Payton on base to reclaim a one-run lead for the Mets in the bottom half of the eighth.
Facing Armando Benitez in the top of the ninth, the Phillies tied the game on Brian Hunter's sacrifice fly on which Jordan scored. Piazza came up with one out in the bottom half and homered off Rheal Cormier to end the game. For the second day in a row, the Mets had a victory with a home run on the game's final pitch.