April 13, 1982: Mets Defeat Phils in Home Opener

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Date: April 13, 1982
Mets starter: Randy Jones
Mets: 5
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Jones
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Dave Kingman
Key play: Brooks' two-run single, Kingman's three-run homer

In their home opener, the Mets faced the Phillies on a Tuesday afternoon. A crowd of 40,845 was on hand at Shea Stadium for the event. The Mets' fans went home happy as the team came away with a 5-2 win over Philadelphia.

Randy Jones and the Phillies' Steve Carlton each started the game with a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Bo Diaz singled off Jones to score Dick Davis for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Carlton shut down the Mets without a hit in the bottom of the inning. Neither team got a run in the third and Jones pitched a scoreless top of the fourth.

George Foster singled off Carlton to begin the bottom of the fourth inning. Dave Kingman doubled to send Foster to third base and Carlton retired the next two batters. Hubie Brooks singled to bring home Foster and Kingman and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Carlton then got Ron Gardenhire on a fly ball to right fielder Davis for the third out of the inning.

In the fifth, Jones shut down the Phils. Carlton recorded outs on the first two Mets batters in the bottom half before yielding a single to Bob Bailor and walking Foster. Kingman followed with a three-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 5-1. After Ellis Valentine struck out to end the inning, reliever Ed Lynch pitched a scoreless top of the sixth for the Mets.

Carlton struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning. Lynch retired the Phils in order in the top of the seventh and the Mets failed to score against Philadelphia's Ron Reed in the bottom half. The Phillies got a run in the eighth on a two-out double by Len Matuszek that scored Pete Rose. The Mets had two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the eighth when Reed got Gardenhire for an inning-ending double play.

Neil Allen retired the Phils in order in ninth inning to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin their home season. It was a happy day for the fans at Shea.