September 5, 2000: Zeile Homers in 10th
|Date: September 5, 2000|
|Mets starter: Rick Reed|
|Winning pitcher: Turk Wendell|
|Key player(s): Todd Zeile|
|Key play: Zeile's home run|
The Mets played the Reds on a Tuesday night in Cincinnati. It was a three-hour and twelve minute game that went into extra innings. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on a home run by Todd Zeile in the tenth.
The Reds had a scoring chance in the bottom of the second. Dmitri Young singled off Mets' starter Rick Reed and moved to second base on a ground out. Chris Sexton followed with a single on which Young tried to score. Mets' right fielder Timo Perez threw to catcher Mike Piazza for the out on Young at the plate. Reed then retired Jason LaRue to end the inning.
In the third inning, Jay Payton singled off Cincinnati starter Pete Harnisch. Payton later came around to score on a single by Benny Agbayani. The Mets scored again in the fourth when Zeile singled to bring home Edgardo Alfonzo for a 2-0 lead.
Sexton doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Reds. With two out, Pokey Reese singled to score Sexton. Following a scoreless sixth, Cincinnati tied the game when Chris Stynes singled off Mets' reliever Rick White to score Kimera Bartee in the bottom of the seventh.
John Franco and Turk Wendell pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, for the Mets. Meanwhile, Reds' relievers John Riedling and Scott Sullivan shut down the Mets with no hits. The game was tied, 2-2, as it headed into extra innings.
Zeile came to bat against Sullivan with one out in the top of the tenth. Todd hit a home run to put the Mets ahead. The homer was Zeile's eighteenth of the season. In the bottom half, Armando Benitez retired the Reds in order to finish off the game. The Mets had a victory that ended a four-game losing streak.