May 11, 2002: McEwing Homers in Win Over Rockies

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Date: May 11, 2002
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 4
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Al Leiter
Key player(s): Joe McEwing
Key play: McEwing's home run

The Mets and Rockies played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The crowd of 41,605 watched Al Leiter take on former Met Mike Hampton in a matchup of lefthanders. On the strength of Joe McEwing's three-run homer in the sixth inning, the Mets emerged with a 4-3 win over Colorado.

The Rockies scored two runs against Leiter in the top of the first inning. With one out, Juan Uribe got a single and Todd Helton followed with a home run. The Mets got a run in the bottom of the second when Edgardo Alfonzo came home on Hampton’s wild pitch.

Leading off the top of the third inning, Hampton homered to make it a 3-1 Colorado lead. Leiter retired the next three batters and held the Rockies scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning. Meanwhile, Hampton shut down the Mets on one hit from the bottom of the third to the end of the fifth.

Hampton retired the first two Met batters in the bottom of the sixth inning. He then walked Jeromy Burnitz and gave up a single to Jay Payton. McEwing followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead by a run. Leiter grounded out to Hampton to end the inning and then struck out the side in order in the top of the seventh.

In the eighth, Leiter again set down the Colorado hitters 1-2-3. Met reliever Mark Guthrie retired Helton to begin the top of the ninth. The Rockies then put two runners on base against Scott Strickland, who also recorded two strikeouts to end the game. The Mets had a victory to end a six-game losing streak.