June 3, 2000: Four-Man Shutout

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Date: June 3, 2000
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 1
Devil Rays: 0
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Al Leiter, Todd Zeile, Armando Benitez
Key play: Zeile’s double, Benitez’s strikeouts

The Mets faced the Devil Rays on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Four Mets pitchers teamed up for a shutout in a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Al Leiter and the Rays’ Steve Trachsel each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Leiter gave up only a single to Russ Johnson in the top of the fourth and Edgardo Alfonzo doubled to lead off the bottom half. Mike Piazza was retired on a ground ball to shortstop Felix Martinez. Robin Ventura grounded out to Trachsel and a double by Todd Zeile brought home Alfonzo for a one-run Mets lead. Trachsel then got Jay Payton to foul out to catcher John Flaherty and finish off the inning.

Leiter and Trachsel each hurled one-hit scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth. Trachsel singled against Leiter to begin the top of the seventh. Gerald Williams popped out to first baseman Zeile and a strikeout of Jose Guillen ensued. Greg Vaughn drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Dennis Cook got Fred McGriff to hit an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Alfonzo. With two outs in the bottom half, Payton singled and stole second base. Trachsel then walked Joe McEwing and retired pinch-hitter Lenny Harris on a line drive to Martinez that ended the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Tampa Bay’s Jim Mecir pitched a scoreless bottom half and New York’s Armando Benitez struck out pinch-hitter Randy Winn to open the top of the ninth. Miguel Cairo hit a single and stole second base. Williams went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Steve Cox drew a walk. Benitez then threw a called third strike past Vaughn for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory comprised of four pitchers.