September 24, 2000: Perez and Zeile Lead Mets Past Phils

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Date: September 24, 2000
Mets starter: Glendon Rusch
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Glendon Rusch
Key player(s): Timo Perez, Todd Zeile, Glendon Rusch
Key play: Perez’s and Zeile’s home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Timo Perez and Todd Zeile hit home runs to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Phils.

Glendon Rusch and the Phillies’ Bruce Chen each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. With two outs in the top of the third, Perez hit an inside-the-park home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. Jay Payton grounded back to Chen for the inning’s third out and Rusch yielded only a single to Jimmie Rollins in the bottom half. Mike Piazza drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Zeile followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 Mets lead. Chen struck out Bubba Trammell and got Kurt Abbott on a fly ball to center fielder Doug Glanville to end the inning. Rusch then held the Phils to a single by Pat Burrell in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Chen set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Burrell got a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Travis Lee was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Trammell after which Burrell advanced to third base. Kevin Jordan grounded out to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo to drive home Burrell and cut the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Rusch then struck out Marlon Anderson to finish off the inning.

Chen hurled a perfect top of the eighth. Rusch retired all three batters in the bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Jeff Brantley gave up only a double to Piazza in the top of the ninth. Glanville singled against the Mets’ Armando Benitez to begin the bottom of the inning. With Bobby Abreu at bat, Glanville went to second base on defensive indifference. Abreu flied out to left fielder Perez and a walk to Burrell followed. Lee popped out to shortstop Jorge Velandia and a single by Jordan brought home Glanville with the Phillies’ second run. Benitez then struck out Anderson to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.

Notes

  • Perez's homer was the first of his major league career.
  • The save for Benitez was his 40th of the season.
  • The win for the Mets clinched a tie for the National League Wild Card.