April 10, 1987: Three Homers Overcome Braves
|Date: April 10, 1987|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds, Len Dykstra|
|Key play: Strawberry's, Dykstra's & McReynolds' homers|
The Mets played the Braves on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. After falling behind, the Mets came up with three homers for a comeback win. They ended up with a 6-3 victory over Atlanta.
The Braves scored twice against Mets' starter Sid Fernandez in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded and two out, David Palmer got an infield single to bring home Dale Murphy from third base. Fernandez then walked Dion James to force home Rafael Ramirez with another Atlanta run. Palmer retired the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless third, James doubled to score Glenn Hubbard and extend the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth. In the bottom half, Len Dykstra reached first base on an error by Atlanta shortstop Andres Thomas. Palmer retired the next two batters and Gary Carter singled for the Mets' first hit. Darryl Strawberry then clouted a three-run homer to tie the game. Two more hitters reached base for New York before Palmer got Rafael Santana for an inning-ending ground out.
Fernandez and Palmer pitched scoreless ball in the fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Fernandez shut down the Braves again and was removed for pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli in the bottom of the inning. Mazzilli drew a one-out walk and Dykstra followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 5-3. Reliever Doug Sisk then held Atlanta scoreless in the top of the eighth.
McReynolds homered off the Braves' Ed Olwine with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning for another Met run. In the top of the ninth, Sisk retired the first two Atlanta hitters on ground balls. Doug then got pinch-hitter Graig Nettles to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and end the game. On the strength of three home runs, the Mets had a victory to begin their first weekend series of the year.