July 7, 2001: Mets Beat Yankees in 10
|Date: July 7, 2001|
|Mets starter: Kevin Appier|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Kevin Appier, Mike Piazza|
|Key play: Piazza's single in 10th|
The Mets and Yankees played on a Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. It was a pitchers' duel as Kevin Appier and the Yanks' Mike Mussina kept the teams scoreless while recording a combined 18 strikeouts. The Mets then came up with a 3-0 win in 10 innings.
Appier started the game with five perfect innings. The Yanks then got four singles off Kevin from the sixth to the eighth, but did not score. Mussina allowed six hits to the Mets in seven shutout innings before reliever Jay Witasick pitched hitless relief in the eighth and ninth to keep the score at 0-0.
John Franco shut down the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth. In the tenth, Desi Relaford got a two-out single off reliever Mariano Rivera. Relaford stole second base before Rivera walked Edgardo Alfonzo to put two runners on base for the Mets. Mike Piazza followed with a single to bring home Relaford with the first run of the game. Rivera then gave up singles to Timo Perez and Todd Zeile to score Alfonzo and Piazza, respectively, before getting the final out of the inning.
Armando Benitez retired the Yanks in order in the bottom of the tenth. The Mets had an extra-inning shutout win over their cross-city rivals. Despite the low-scoring, the game took 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete.