October 15, 2000: Game Four of the NLCS
|Date: October 15, 2000|
|Mets starter: Bobby Jones|
|Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch|
|Key player(s): Timo Perez, Todd Zeile, Benny Agbayani|
|Key play: Mets' 5 doubles in 1st inning|
A week after his one-hit clincher in the Division Series, Bobby Jones took the mound for the Mets. He was not as effective on this night, lasting less than five innings. However, the Mets' bats came alive and produced a 10-6 win to go up three games to one over the Cardinals.
For the fourth time in the Series, the visiting team scored twice in the first inning. Jim Edmonds socked a two-run homer to give St. Louis the lead. The Mets came right back in the bottom half with five doubles off the Cards' Darryl Kile that brought home four runs.
Todd Zeile added another double in the second. With the bases loaded, Zeile delivered a two-bagger that brought home Timo Perez and Mike Piazza. Benny Agbayani then got a run-scoring single to make it a 7-2 Met lead after two innings.
In the fourth, home runs by Will Clark and Piazza made the score 8-3. The Cards then got three runs off Jones in the fifth to make it a two-run game. Bobby was lifted for Glendon Rusch.
The Mets' final runs came in the sixth, which were helped by two errors by St. Louis third baseman Fernando Tatis. Rusch, John Franco and Armando Benitez then shut down the Cards over the final three innings.