October 14, 2000: Game Three of the NLCS
|Date: October 14, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Andy Benes|
|Key player(s): Andy Benes, Edgar Renteria|
|Key play: Edmonds' double in 1st|
The Mets came home with a two games to none lead in the Series. They aimed for a third straight win, but it was not to be. The Cardinals got to Rick Reed early and never looked back, charging to an 8-2 win.
The tone for the game was set in the first inning. Jim Edmonds hit a two-run double off Reed for a quick St. Louis lead. The Mets scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but Ray Lankford's single to score Edgar Renteria and a sacrifice fly by Fernando Tatis made the score 4-1 in the third. Renteria's single in the fourth scored another Cardinal run, finishing Reed for the game.
Rick White relieved in the fifth and fared no better that Reed. He gave up three more St. Louis runs to sum up both the scoring and the kind of day it was for the Mets.
Cards' starter Andy Benes coasted to the win with eight innings before relievers finished up. After allowing a fourth inning run, Benes retired the next twelve Mets' batters in a row in shutting them down. The New York loss cut their Series lead in half.