June 5, 2001: Reed Shuts Out Phillies

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Date: June 5, 2001
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 9
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Desi Relaford
Key play: Mets' 5-run 5th

The Mets and Phillies began a three-game series on a Tuesday night at Veterans Stadium. It was a scoreless battle before the Mets got ten hits over a two-inning span to break the game open. Rick Reed pitched a complete game for a 9-0 win.

Reed and Phils' starter Robert Person each allowed only one hit for the first three innings. In the fourth, Mike Piazza led off with a double and came around to score on singles by Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile. Ventura later came home on Desi Relaford's sacrifice fly for the Mets' second run.

In the top of the fifth, Darryl Hamilton got a one-out double and moved to third base on Person's wild pitch. Hamilton scored on Piazza's single and Ventura followed with a single of his own. Zeile then hit a ball off left fielder Pat Burrell's glove for a double to bring home Piazza. Tsuyoshi Shinjo also doubled to score Ventura and Zeile, after which Person was relieved by Vicente Padilla. Shinjo was driven home on Relaford's single off Padilla to make it a 7-0 Mets' lead.

Through six innings, Reed held the Phillies to no runs and two hits. He walked Travis Lee to begin the seventh, but followed up with a double play grounder from Burrell. Rick then got Marlon Anderson to fly out to center fielder Shinjo and shut down the Phils again in the eighth, yielding only a single to Doug Glanville.

Against reliever Chris Brock in the ninth, the Mets scored twice on a home run by Ventura and back-to-back doubles by Shinjo and Relaford. Reed allowed a two-out single to Lee in the bottom half before retiring Burrell to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory on Rick's four-hit shutout.