October 5, 2000: Game Two of the NLDS

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Date: October 5, 2000
Mets starter: Al Leiter
Mets: 5
Giants: 4
Winning pitcher: Armando Benitez
Key player(s): Al Leiter, Edgardo Alfonzo, J. T. Snow, Jay Payton
Key play: Snow's home run, Payton's single

The Mets trailied the Giants by a game and looked to get even. They came up with a 5-4 win in ten innings for a split of the games in San Francisco. The Series was squared at one win apiece.

In the second inning, the Mets loaded the bases against Giants' starter Shawn Estes. Timo Perez got a two-out single to score Jay Payton and Mike Bordick for a 2-0 lead. The Giants responded with a run in the bottom half on an Ellis Burks double that scored Jeff Kent.

No more runs were scored over the next six innings. Al Leiter pitched brilliantly for the Mets, holding down the San Francisco hitters. He also got Bill Mueller to hit into a double play to end the eighth, maintaining the Mets' 2-1 edge.

In the ninth, Edgardo Alfonzo hit a two-run homer to make the score 4-1. Armando Benitez then came on to relieve Leiter in the bottom of the inning. J. T. Snow hit a three-run homer off Benitez to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

The Mets went ahead again in the tenth. Darryl Hamilton doubled with two out and scored on Payton's single. The victory was sealed in the bottom of the inning when John Franco struck out Barry Bonds to end the game.