May 25, 2001: Timo Perez Singles in 10th
|Date: May 25, 2001|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Todd Zeile, Timo Perez|
|Key play: Zeile's home run, Perez's single|
The Mets and Marlins faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played a three-hour and 14-minute game in front of 40,456 fans. The Mets came out with a 4-3 win in 10 innings.
Rick Reed and Florida's Brad Penny pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the sixth. The pitchers gave up four hits each and combined for 14 strikeouts. Rick retired the side in order three times while Penny faced the minimum three batters in four of the six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Reed gave up a leadoff double to Mike Lowell and hit Charles Johnson with a pitch. Derrick Lee singled to load the bases with none out. Alex Gonzalez also singled to score Lowell and give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Reed got Penny and Luis Castillo on force play grounders on which Johnson and Lee were out at the plate. Eric Owens singled to bring home Gonzalez and Penny for two more Florida runs. Mets' reliever Dennis Cook then retired Cliff Floyd to end the inning.
Penny struck out Mike Piazza to open the bottom of the seventh. Robin Ventura singled and Tsuyoshi Shinjo was hit by a pitch. Todd Zeile followed with a home run to tie the game at 3-3. A bench-clearing brawl ensued as players on both teams got into shoving matches. After order was restored, Penny completed the inning with no further scoring.
Turk Wendell retired Florida 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth inning. For the Marlins, Vic Darensbourg pitched a perfect bottom half. Wendell recorded two strikeouts in setting down the Fish in order again in the top of the ninth. Dan Miceli then retired the Mets 1-2-3 with two strikeouts of his own to send the game into extra innings.
For the Mets, John Franco pitched a scoreless top of the 10th inning. In the bottom half, Miceli struck out Zeile and yielded a double to pinch-hitter Lenny Harris. An infield grounder by Rey Ordonez advanced Harris to third base and Timo Perez came to bat. Perez hit a single to right field that brought home Harris with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory.