October 19, 1999: Game Six of the NLCS

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Date: October 19, 1999
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 9
Braves: 10
Winning pitcher: Russ Springer
Key player(s): Mike Piazza, Ozzie Guillen, Gerald Williams
Key play: Rogers's walk of Andruw Jones in 11th

Still alive in the Series, the Mets came back to Atlanta hoping to make history. Never before had a Major League Baseball team come back to tie a post-season series after losing the first three games. After a long battle, the quest ended as the Mets fell to the Braves, 10-9, in eleven innings.

Al Leiter started for the Mets. He faced six Atlanta batters, but failed to retire any of them and was replaced by Pat Mahomes. After one inning, the Braves had a 5-0 lead.

Atlanta starter Kevin Millwood had the Mets shut out for the first five innings. In the sixth, a sacrifice fly by Mike Piazza and Darryl Hamilton's two-run single reduced the deficit to two runs.

Trailing 7-3 in the seventh, the Mets faced Braves' reliever John Smoltz. Leadoff back-to-back doubles by Matt Franco and Rickey Henderson produced a run. Later, Henderson scored on John Olerud's single and Piazza hit a two-run homer to tie the game. Smoltz was removed immediately.

The Mets took an 8-7 lead in the eighth on Melvin Mora's single that scored Benny Agbayani. The Braves tied it up when Brian Hunter singled home Otis Nixon in the bottom of the inning. A scoreless ninth followed and the game was headed to extra innings.

In the top of the tenth, Todd Pratt's sacrifice fly put the Mets in front again. The Braves scored in the bottom half on Ozzie Guillen's RBI single off Armando Benitez. The score was 9-9.

Kenny Rogers came in to pitch for the Mets in the eleventh. Gerald Williams led off with a double and moved to third on an out. After two intentional walks, Rogers faced Andruw Jones with the bases loaded. Jones drew another walk, forcing home Williams with the pennant-clinching run for Atlanta.