October 25, 2000: Game Four of the World Series

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Date: Wednesday October 25, 2000
Mets starter: Bobby J. Jones
Mets: 2
Yankees: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeff Nelson
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Key play:

After winning Game Three of the World Series versus the New York Yankees the night before, the Mets were looking to tie the series at two games a piece in Game Four at Shea Stadium. However, the Yankees would win their third one-run game of the series by a score of 3-2.

The starting pitchers were Bobby J. Jones for the Mets and Denny Naigle for the Yankees. In the top of the first, leadoff batter Derek Jeter homered on the very first pitch of the game to put the Yankees up 1-0. Naigle allowed just a walk in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the second with one out, Tino Martinez hits a triple to right and after the Mets intentionally walks Jorge Posada, Scott Brosius hits a sacrifice fly to center that scores Martinez, putting the Yankees up 2-0. In the bottom of the inning, Naigle got Robin Ventura to groundout before walking Benny Agbayani. Jay Payton then singled to put runners on first and second and third with one out, but Naigle got Mike Bordick and Bobby Jones to pop up the end the inning.

In the top of the third, Derek Jeter hits a leadoff triple before scoring on Luis Sojo's groundout to second to put the Yankees up 3-0. In the bottom of the inning, Timo Perez hits a leadoff single and after Edgardo Alfonzo grounds out, Mike Piazza homers to make it 3-2 Yankees, but Naigle gets Todd Zeile to pop up to second and Robin Ventura to ground out to first to end the inning.

Neither team scores after that, so the Mets were now down three games to one in the series and on the brink of elimination. Jones takes the loss while Jeff Nelson earns the win in relief