June 8, 2000: Abbott Homers in 10th
|Date: June 8, 2000|
|Mets starter: Glendon Rusch|
|Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook|
|Key player(s): Kurt Abbott, Todd Zeile, Jay Payton|
|Key play: Abbott's home run|
The Mets concluded a three-game interleague series with the Orioles on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. It was a 3-hour and 40-minute game in which the teams combined for 24 hits. The Mets emerged as an 8-7 winner on Kurt Abbott's home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Orioles got off to a 1-0 lead on a home run by Cal Ripken in the top of the second inning. In the fourth, three more Baltimore runs came home against Mets' starter Glendon Rusch on Brady Anderson's double that scored B. J. Surhoff and a two-run homer by Mike Bordick. The Mets responded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Todd Zeile hit a three-run homer off Orioles' starter Jason Johnson to cut the Baltimore lead to 4-3.
In the top of the fifth, Surhoff singled off Rusch to bring home Jeff Conine. Charles Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Ripken for the sixth Baltimore run of the game. In the top of the sixth, Mets' reliever Pat Mahomes shut down the Orioles with a hitless inning.
Robin Ventura walked to begin the bottom of the sixth for the Mets. Zeile followed with a single and Jay Payton doubled to score Ventura. Abbott hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Zeile before Jason Johnson was replaced on the mound by reliver Buddy Groom. Payton advanced to third base on a fly out and then scored on Jason Tyner's single to tie the game at 6-6. Mets' reliever Turk Wendell then pitched a scoreless seventh and John Franco got Rich Amaral to hit into an inning-ending double play to keep the Orioles scoreless in the top of the eighth.
Payton led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a home run off Baltimore's Mike Trombley to put the Mets ahead, 7-6. In the ninth, Will Clark hit a sacrifice fly off Armando Benitez to score Bordick and retie the game for the Orioles. The Mets were then shut down in the bottom of the ninth by Trombley, despite singles from Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza.
Mets' reliever Dennis Cook retired the side in order in the top of the tenth inning. In the bottom half, Abbott came to bat with one out against Baltimore's Jose Mercedes. Kurt hit a home run to win the game for the Mets. The crowd at Shea was sent home happy.