June 8, 1998: Reed Shuts Out Devil Rays

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Date: June 8, 1998
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 3
Devil Rays: 0
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed
Key play: Huskey's double in 1st

The Mets began a series with the Devil Rays on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. It was a quick-moving game that lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes. Rick Reed pitched a three-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Tampa Bay, 3-0.

Reed retired the Devil Rays in order in each of the first six innings. He struck out eight batters while pitching perfect ball. In the meantime, the Mets got two runs in the second on Butch Huskey's double to bring home Edgardo Alfonzo and a single by Reed that plated Huskey. They also scored on Mike Piazza's solo homer in the fifth.

In the seventh, Reed set down the first two Tampa Bay hitters. Wade Boggs followed with a double to end Rick's bid for a perfect game . Reed then walked Fred McGriff, but struck out Paul Sorrento to end the inning.

Dave Martinez and Mike Difelice led off the eighth inning with singles for the Devil Rays. Reed got Kevin Stocker for his tenth strikeout and retired the next two batters. Rick then recorded a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a win on Reed's impressive performance.