June 10, 2001: Two-Run Hits Bury Devil Rays

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Date: June 10, 2001
Mets starter: Kevin Appier
Mets: 10
Devil Rays: 0
Winning pitcher: Kevin Appier
Key player(s): Mark Johnson, Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Joe McEwing
Key play: Alfonzo's and Piazza's two-run singles, Johnson's and McEwing's home runs

The Mets faced the Devil Rays on a Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets had four hits that drove in two runs each in a 10-0 win over Tampa Bay.

After a scoreless first inning, Lenny Harris singled against Devil Rays' starter Albie Lopez to lead off the top of the second. Harris stole second base and Mark Johnson drew a walk. Joe McEwing followed with a fielder's choice ground ball on which shortstop Andy Sheets made an error to load the bases. Rey Ordonez popped out to Sheets and a strikeout of Timo Perez ensued. Edgardo Alfonzo singled to drive home Harris and Johnson. Benny Agbayani hit a single to score McEwing for a 3-0 Mets lead. Lopez retired Mike Piazza on a pop-up to second baseman Damian Rolls to end the inning. New York's Kevin Appier then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Harris got a one-out single in the top of the third. Johnson singled and advanced to second base (with Harris moving to third) on an error by center fielder Gerald Williams. McEwing laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Harris and increased the Mets' lead to 4-0. Ordonez was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Jason Tyner, who singled with one out in the bottom half. Tyner stayed at first as Williams grounded out to catcher Piazza (unassisted) and stole second. Greg Vaughn grounded out to Appier to finish off the inning and Lopez gave up only a single to Perez in the top of the fourth. Appier then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Harris drew a walk against Lopez with two outs in the top of the fifth. Johnson connected for a two-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 6-0. McEwing went down on strikes to close out the inning and Appier retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Perez and Alfonzo drew back-to-back walks with one out in the top of the sixth. Agbayani reached on Tyner's error to load the bases and Piazza hit a single to bring home Perez and Alfonzo with the seventh and eighth New York runs of the game. Tampa Bay reliever Paul Wilson got Robin Ventura to ground out and retired Harris on a foul pop-up to third baseman Aubrey Huff to end the inning. Appier then shut down the Devil Rays in the bottom half.

Wilson fanned all three Mets batters in the top of the seventh. Appier yielded just a single to John Flaherty in the bottom of the inning and Wilson gave up only a single to Agbayani in the top of the eighth. New York reliever Dennis Cook pitched a perfect bottom half and Desi Relaford singled to open the top of the ninth. Harris hit into a force play and Johnson took a called third strike. McEwing followed with a homer to lengthen the Mets' lead to ten runs. Wilson then got Ordonez on a fly ball to left fielder Ben Grieve to finish off the inning.

Mets' reliever Armando Benitez struck out Steve Cox to start the bottom of the ninth. Grieve drew a walk and Benitez got Huff to hit a ground ball to second baseman Alfonzo for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a shutout victory to conclude the weekend interleague series.