July 6, 1997: Everett's Single in 12th Beats Marlins

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Date: July 6, 1997
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 3
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Juan Acevedo
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Carl Everett
Key play: Alfonzo’s double, Everett’s run-scoring single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series just prior to the All-Start Break. Carl Everett drove in the winning run with a single in the 12th inning for a 3-2 Mets win over Florida.

Kurt Abbott singled against Mets’ starter Bobby Jones to lead off the top of the first inning. Edgar Renteria followed with a ground ball on which Jones threw to shortstop Luis Lopez for an out on Abbott at second base. A double by Moises Alou drove home Renteria for the first run of the game. Jones retired Gary Sheffield on a grounder to second baseman Carlos Baerga and struck out Billy McMillon to end the inning. Marlins’ starter Pat Rapp then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Jones shut down the Fish in the top of the second. Rapp struck out Bernard Gilkey to begin the bottom of the inning. Everett singled to center field and advanced to second base on Baerga’s ground out to second baseman Abbott. An ensuing single by Todd Pratt scored Everett to tie the game at 1-1. Lopez grounded back to Rapp for the inning’s third out and Jones retired all three Florida batters in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom half, Lance Johnson hit a single and Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk. John Olerud hit a grounder on which first baseman Jeff Conine threw to shortstop Renteria at second for an out on Alfonzo. Gilkey drew a walk to load the bases. Rapp then caught a line drive by Everett to close out the inning.

Jones and Rapp each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the sixth. Alex Arias drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. Conine hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Alfonzo and scored on a double by Charles Johnson that gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead. Rapp grounded back to Jones for the final out of the inning and Lance Johnson singled with two outs in the bottom half. Alfonzo doubled to drive home Lance and retie the game. Olerud was given an intentional walk. Florida reliever Jay Powell then retired Gilkey on an inning-ending grounder to Abbott.

Abbott singled against the Mets’ Greg McMichael to open the top of the eighth inning. Renteria’s sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Luis Castillo to second base and Alou drew a walk. Sheffield grounded out to first baseman Olerud and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Jim Eisenreich loaded the bases. McMichael retired Arias on an inning-ending ground ball to Baerga. Marlins’ reliever Felix Heredia then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

McMichael set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning. Florida’s Robb Nen pitched a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward. Mets’ reliever John Franco held Florida to a single by Renteria in a scoreless top of the 10th and walks to Everett and Baerga opened the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch advanced Everett to third base and Pratt flied out to right fielder Sheffield. Lopez hit a grounder on which Conine threw to catcher Charles Johnson for an out at the plate on Everett. Nen then retired Butch Huskey on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Castillo.

Franco and the Marlins’ Dennis Cook each hurled a scoreless 11th inning. Mets’ reliever Juan Acevedo shut down the Fish in the top of the 12th. Alex Ochoa reached second base on an error by Sheffield to start the bottom half. Everett followed with a single to bring home Ochoa and end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory to conclude the unofficial first half of the season.