May 4, 2001: Reed Leads Mets Past Snakes

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Date: May 4, 2001
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 4
Diamondbacks: 2
Winning pitcher: Rick Reed
Key player(s): Rick Reed, Edgardo Alfonzo, Timo Perez, Jay Payton
Key play: Alfonzo’s and Perez’s singles, Payton’s home run

The Mets faced the Diamondbacks on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Rick Reed pitched eight innings of six-hit ball for the win in a 4-2 Mets victory over Arizona.

After a scoreless first, Greg Colbrunn doubled to lead off the top of the second. Colbrunn advanced to third base on Mark Grace’s ground out to first baseman Todd Zeile and came home as Reggie Sanders grounded out to third baseman Robin Ventura. Steve Finley hit a double and scored on a single by Rod Barajas for a 2-0 D’Backs lead. Reed then struck out Armando Reynoso to finish off the inning.

Jay Payton hit a one-out double against Reynoso in the bottom of the second. Todd Pratt was called out on strikes and Rey Ordonez singled to drive home Payton. Reed fouled out to catcher Barajas to end the inning and retired the side in order in the top of the third. Benny Agbayani doubled to begin the bottom half. Agbayani moved to third base on Timo Perez’s sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on a single by Edgardo Alfonzo. Reynoso then got Ventura to hit a ground ball to first baseman Grace for a double play that closed out the inning.

Reed gave up just a single to Colbrunn in the top of the fourth. Reynoso hurled a perfect bottom half and Barajas singled with one out in the top of the fifth. Reynoso’s sacrifice bunt advanced Barajas to second base and Tony Womack grounded out to Zeile to end the inning. Reynoso yielded only a single to Reed in the bottom half. Rick then held the Snakes to a single by Luis Gonzalez in the top of the sixth.

Alfonzo drew a walk against Reynoso to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Ventura hit a single and Arizona reliever Miguel Batista retired Zeile on a grounder to second baseman Jay Bell. Payton followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Womack threw to Barajas for an out at home on Alfonzo. Batista got Todd Pratt on a line drive to left fielder Gonzalez for the inning’s third out and Reed pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Agbayani walked with two outs in the bottom half. Pinch-runner Tsuyoshi Shinjo stole second base and scored on Perez’s single to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Batista then got Alfonzo to line out to third baseman Colbrunn and finish off the inning.

Reed set down all three batters in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Payton homered against Diamondbacks’ reliever Russ Springer for the Mets’ fourth run. Springer fanned Pratt for the inning’s final out and John Franco came in to pitch for New York in the top of the ninth. Leading off the inning, Gonzalez singled and advanced to second base on an error by Franco. Colbrunn went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Matt Williams followed with an infield single. Franco then struck out Sanders and retired Finley on a grounder to second baseman Alfonzo to end the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.