October 12, 2000: Game Two of the NLCS

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Date: October 12, 2000
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell
Key player(s): Jay Payton
Key play: Payton's single in 9th

The Mets were looking for their first 2-0 lead in a post-season series since 1969. On the strength of a tie-breaking run in the ninth inning, they defeated the Cardinals, 6-5. The Mets had a sweep of the two games in St. Louis.

As they did in the first game of the Series, the Mets scored twice in the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Todd Zeile and Benny Agbayani's double drove in the runs. Helpful to the Mets were three walks by St. Louis starter Rick Ankiel, who was removed quickly.

The Cardinals scored a run in the second, but the Mets regained a two-run lead on Mike Piazza's home run in the third. The game was tied, 3-3, in the fifth when Edgar Renteria singled home Fernando Vina and later scored on a double by Fernando Tatis.

Each team got two runs in the eighth to make the score 5-5. Jay Payton came up in the ninth and delivered a single to score Joe McEwing, putting the Mets on top. Armando Benitez then shut down the Redbirds to finish the game.