September 27, 2000: Mets Clinch NL Wild Card

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Date: September 27, 2000
Mets starter: Rick Reed
Mets: 6
Braves: 2
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.

In the sixth, Jay Payton hit a single that brought home Robin Ventura for another run. Ventura then doubled home Hamilton in the seventh to make it a 6-1 Mets lead.

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.