June 30, 2000: Ten Runs in the 8th

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Date: June 30, 2000
Mets starter: Mike Hampton
Mets: 11
Braves: 8
Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez
Key player(s): Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza
Key play: Bases-loaded walks, Alfonzo's 2-run single, Piazza's homer

A crowd of 52,831 came out to Shea Stadium to see the Mets take on the first place Braves. The game had gone all Atlanta's way as they built up a seven-run lead. The Mets then came back with ten runs in the eighth inning to pull out an 11-8 win.

Mets' starter Mike Hampton walked Javy Lopez with the bases loaded in the first inning. Lopez added a bases-loaded single in the fourth, scoring Quilvio Veras and Andruw Jones. On the play, Andres Galarraga also scored on catcher Mike Piazza's error.

The Braves' lead increased to 5-0 when Brian Jordan scored on a ground out in the top of the seventh. The Mets got their first run on Matt Franco's single off Atlanta's Kevin Millwood that brought home Todd Zeile in the bottom of the inning. Jordan then hit a three-run homer off reliever Eric Cammack in the top of the eighth to make the score 8-1 in favor of the Braves.

Derek Bell started the bottom of the eighth with a single off Atlanta reliever Don Wengert. After an out, Piazza singled and advanced to second base on shortstop Rafael Furcal's error with Bell going to third. Robin Ventura's ground out scored Bell before a single by Zeile brought home Piazza.

Jay Payton singled to move Zeile to third and Wengert from the game. Benny Agbayani then drew a walk from reliever Kerry Ligtenberg to load the bases for the Mets. Ligtenberg also walked pinch-hitter Mark Johnson and Melvin Mora to force home two runs and reduce the Braves' lead to 8-5. Terry Mulholland came on to pitch for Atlanta and issued a fourth straight walk to Bell, bringing in Agbayani with another Met run.

Edgardo Alfonzo continued the barrage with a single that scored pinch-runner Joe McEwing and Mora to tie the game, 8-8. Piazza then clouted a three-run homer off Mulholland to give the Mets ten runs in the inning and a three-run lead. The onslaught ended when Ventura followed with a ground out.

In the ninth, Armando Benitez held the Braves scoreless to end the game. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory. The win moved them only two games behind Atlanta in the National League East Division standings.

Notes

  • The Mets' 10-run inning tied a team record set on June 12, 1979 against the Reds.