June 13, 2001: Mets Come Back to Defeat Orioles

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Date: June 13, 2001
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 7
Orioles: 6
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Lenny Harris, Mark Johnson
Key play: Johnson's & Harris's singles in 9th, Shinjo's single in 10th

The Mets and Orioles faced each other on a Wednesday night in Baltimore. The teams played the second game of an interleague series in front of 34,881 fans at Camden Yards. After falling behind by six runs, the Mets rebounded for a come-from-behind 7-6 win in 10 innings.

The Orioles got off to a 2-0 lead against Mets' starter Glendon Rusch in the bottom of the first inning. With two out, David Segui singled and Rusch issued walks to Jeff Conine and Mike Kinkade. An ensuing single by Melvin Mora scored Segui and Conine. Cal Ripken flied out to left fielder Darryl Hamilton to end the inning. The Birds added another run on Mike Bordick's double that brought home Brady Anderson in the second. Meanwhile, the Mets were held scoreless on two hits by Baltimore starter Sidney Ponson.

After Ponson pitched a perfect top of the third, the Orioles loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the inning. Ripken hit a single to score Conine and Kinkade, increasing the Birds' lead to 5-0. On Ripken's hit, Mora was out at third base on a relay throw by first baseman Todd Zeile. Rusch got Fernando Lunar to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning. Ponson then shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth and Segui singled off Mets' reliever Dicky Gonzalez to bring home Jerry Hairston in the bottom half.

Neither team scored in the fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, Timo Perez led off with a double for the Mets. Mike Piazza singled with one out off Baltimore reliever B. J. Ryan to score Perez. Ryan retired the next two batters and Gonzalez shut down the Birds in the bottom half. The Mets then made it a 6-3 game when Todd Pratt scored on Ryan's error and Joe McEwing came home on Perez's sacrifice bunt in the top of the eighth inning.

Gonzalez pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth for his fourth consecutive scoreless inning. Baltimore's Mike Trombley walked Robin Ventura and Tsuyoshi Shinjo with one out in the top of the ninth. Zeile singled to load the bases and Mark Johnson came up to pinch-hit for Pratt. Johnson delivered a single to score Ventura and Shinjo and send pinch-runner Desi Relaford to third base. Batting for McEwing, Lenny Harris singled to score Relaford with the tying run. Following Rey Ordonez's force play grounder, Buddy Groom relieved Trombley and retired Perez on a foul pop-up to third baseman Ripken. John Franco then shut down the Orioles without a hit in the bottom of the inning.

Piazza doubled off Groom with one out in the top of the 10th. Mike moved to third base on Ventura's ground out and Shinjo came to bat. Tsuyoshi singled to score Piazza and put the Mets ahead by a run. Groom then got Relaford on a called third strike for the third out of the inning.

Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory after trailing by six runs. The rally gave the Mets their third consecutive win in interleague play.