June 27, 2001: Mets Come Back to Defeat Cubs

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Date: June 27, 2001
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 5
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Rick White
Key player(s): Joe McEwing, Todd Zeile, Lenny Harris
Key play: McEwing’s home run in 7th, Zeile’s and Harris’s singles in 8th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 5-4 win over Chicago.

In the top of the first inning, Mike Piazza homered with two outs for the first run of the game. Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile followed with consecutive walks. Cubs’ starter Kerry Wood retired Lenny Harris on a fly ball to left fielder Roosevelt Brown for the third out. Miguel Cairo got a one-out single off Mets’ starter Rick Reed in the bottom half. An ensuing home run by Sammy Sosa put Chicago ahead and Matt Stairs hit a double. Ricky Gutierrez went down on strikes and Brown doubled to drive home Stairs for a 3-1 Cubs lead. Reed then got Gary Matthews on a ground ball to second baseman Desi Relaford to end the inning.

Wood set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Reed pitched a scoreless bottom half and the Mets failed to score in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Sosa hit his second homer for the fourth Chicago run. Stairs followed with his second double and Gutierrez grounded out to third baseman Ventura. Reed struck out Brown and issued an intentional walk to Matthews. Mets’ reliever Grant Roberts got Robert Machado on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Jay Payton. Wood pitched a perfect top of the fourth inning. Roberts then retired the Cubs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Roberts and Wood each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, Zeile drew a one-out walk and Harris flied out to center fielder Matthews. Joe McEwing hit a home run to reduce the Chicago lead to 4-3. Wood walked Timo Perez and Cubs’ reliever Will Ohman threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Benny Agbayani for the final out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Rick White then set down the Cubs in order in the bottom half.

Relaford singled off Chicago’s Kyle Farnsworth with one out in the top of the eighth inning. Piazza singled to send Relaford to third base and reliever Jeff Fassero retired Ventura on a foul pop-up to catcher Machado. Zeile hit a single off the Cubs’ Courtney Duncan to bring home Relaford with the tying run. Harris singled to score Piazza and put the Mets ahead. Reliever Todd Van Poppel got McEwing on a grounder back to the mound to end the inning. Mets’ reliever John Franco then shut down Chicago in the bottom half.

Van Poppel pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Armando Benitez struck out pinch-hitter Augie Ojeda to begin the bottom half. Eric Young was retired on a fly ball to Payton. Benitez then got Cairo to fly out to Payton and end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to end a six-game losing streak.