October 24, 2000: Game Three of the World Series
|Date: October 24, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: John Franco|
|Key player(s): Robin Ventura, Todd Zeile, Benny Agbayani|
|Key play: Ventura's home run, Agbayani's double|
The World Series shifted to Shea Stadium for Game 3. Rick Reed held the Yankees to two runs in six innings before the bullpen chipped in three innings of scoreless ball. The Mets came out with a 4-2 victory.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead on a home run by Robin Ventura off Orlando Hernandez in the second inning. The Yanks responded with a run off Reed in the third on David Justice's double to score Derek Jeter. A triple by Paul O'Neill in the fourth then brought home Tino Martinez for a 2-1 Yankee lead.
In the sixth, Mike Piazza led off with a double. He later scored the tying run on another double by Todd Zeile. Met relievers Turk Wendell, Dennis Cook and John Franco then teamed up to keep the Yankees scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings.
Zeile singled with one out in the eighth against Hernandez. Benny Agbayani followed with a double to bring home Todd to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Zeile later scored on Bubba Trammell's sacrifice fly off Yanks' reliever Mike Stanton.
Armando Benitez retired the Yankees in the ninth to finish off the game. The Mets had their first win of the Series with clutch hitting and solid relief.