June 25, 1999: Mets Rout Braves for Fifth Straight Win

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Date: June 25, 1999
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 10
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Roger Cedeno, Todd Pratt, John Olerud
Key play: Cedeno’s and Pratt’s RBI singles, Olerud’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored in each of the last four innings for a 10-2 triumph and their fifth consecutive win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Benny Agbayani led off the top of the second with a home run. Braves’ starter Odalis Perez retired the next three batters and the Mets’ Rick Reed pitched a scoreless bottom half. Reed singled to begin the top of the third and Rickey Henderson went down on strikes. Edgardo Alfonzo drew a walk and John Olerud flied out to left fielder Ryan Klesko. Perez struck out Robin Ventura to end the inning. Reed then shut down Atlanta in the bottom half.

Perez and Reed each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Olerud singled to open the top of the sixth. Ventura drew a walk and Agbayani hit a single on which Olerud was out at home via a throw by center fielder Andruw Jones to catcher Eddie Perez. Todd Pratt and Roger Cedeno got back-to-back singles to score Ventura and Agbayani, respectively. Braves’ reliever Russ Springer walked Rey Ordonez to load the bases. Reed singled to drive home Pratt with the Mets’ fourth run and Henderson was called out on strikes. Springer then threw a called third strike past Alfonzo to end the inning.

Andruw Jones drew a walk and stole second base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Randall Simon singled to score Andruw Jones for the first Atlanta run of the game. Perez hit a fly ball to center fielder Cedeno for the third out and Olerud began the top of the seventh with a single to left field. Springer struck out Ventura and issued walks to Agbayani and Pratt to load the bases. Against the Braves’ Kevin McGlinchy, Cedeno hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Olerud for a 5-1 Mets lead. Ordonez was walked intentionally and Reed grounded out to shortstop Ozzie Guillen to end the inning. Guillen got a one-out single off Reed in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell then fanned Bret Boone and Chipper Jones for the inning’s final outs.

Henderson doubled off Atlanta’s Justin Speier to start the top of the eighth. Alfonzo drew a walk and the runners advanced to second and third on a double steal. Speier struck out Olerud and walked Ventura intentionally to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco drew a walk to force home Henderson. Pratt hit a sacrifice fly to score Alfonzo for the Mets’ seventh run. Cedeno flied out to Klesko for the third out of the inning. Brian Jordan led off the bottom half with a home run and Klesko popped out to second baseman Alfonzo. Wendell retired Andruw Jones on a grounder back to the mound and gave up a single to Simon. On the hit, Simon was out at second on a throw by right fielder Cedeno (who had shifted from center) to shortstop Ordonez to end the inning.

Ordonez singled to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla grounded out to third baseman Chipper Jones to advance Ordonez all the way to third. Henderson drew a walk and stole second. Alfonzo grounded out to Guillen to drive home Ordonez and increase the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Olerud followed with a homer for two more New York runs. Speier then retired Ventura on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Simon.

Mets’ reliever Greg McMichael got Pascual Matos on a grounder to third baseman Ventura to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart grounded out to first baseman Olerud. McMichael then retired Guillen on a pop-up to Olerud for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory and a five-game winning streak.