September 27, 2000: Mets Clinch NL Wild Card
|Date: September 27, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Reed|
|Key player(s): Rick Reed, Edgardo Alfonzo|
|Key play: Hamilton's single, Alfonzo's home run|
The Mets had a magic number of 1 in their hunt for the National League Wild Card. Rick Reed pitched eight solid innings, silencing the Braves' hitters in a 6-2 Mets' victory for a return trip to the post-season.
The game was tied, 1-1, in the fifth inning. Darryl Hamilton came up against Atlanta's Kevin Millwood and delivered a single to score Timo Perez with the go-ahead run. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a two-run homer and the Mets led, 4-1.
Armando Benitez finished up in the ninth. After surrendering a leadoff home run by Andres Galarraga, he set down the next three Atlanta batters. Armando struck out Keith Lockhart to end it and the Mets were the National League's Wild Card team for the second year in a row.