April 14, 1989: Seven-Run 5th Decks Cards

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Date: April 14, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 9
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Mookie Wilson, Gary Carter
Key play: Jefferies’ and Carter’s doubles, Wilson’s RBI single and homer

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Friday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored seven runs in the fifth inning and came away with a 9-4 win.

Cards’ starter Joe Magrane gave up only a single to Mookie Wilson in the top of the first. Vince Coleman drew a walk against the Mets’ David Cone to lead off the bottom half. Coleman stole second base and advanced to third as Terry Pendleton reached on second baseman Tim Teufel’s error. Pedro Guerrero followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Coleman for a 1-0 Redbirds lead. Cone then retired both Tom Brunansky and Milt Thompson on infield ground balls to close out the inning.

After a scoreless second, Kevin Elster doubled with one out in the top of the third. Cone singled to send Elster to third base, but was out via a relay throw by third baseman Pendleton to first baseman Guerrero. With Wilson at bat, Elster came home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1. Wilson grounded out to Pendleton to end the inning and Cone pitched a perfect bottom half. Magrane yielded just a single to Kevin McReynolds in the top of the fourth and Brunansky got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Thompson singled to send Brunansky to third. Cone then got Tony Pena to hit a grounder to shortstop Elster for an inning-ending double play.

Teufel hit a single against Magrane to open the top of the fifth. Elster and Cone drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Wilson’s single brought home Teufel with the go-ahead run. Gregg Jefferies followed with a double that scored Elster, Cone and Wilson. Darryl Strawberry went down on strikes and McReynolds was given an intentional walk. Keith Hernandez singled to plate Jefferies and increase the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Gary Carter hit a double against St. Louis reliever Cris Carpenter to drive home McReynolds and Hernandez, extending the New York lead to seven runs. Carpenter retired Teufel on an inning-ending ground ball to Pendleton. Cone then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Wilson hit a solo home run against Cardinals’ reliever Frank DiPino. Jefferies lined out to right fielder Brunansky to finish off the inning and Cone hurled a perfect bottom half. DiPino retired the Mets on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the seventh and Thompson hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning. Pena was struck out and Jose Oquendo flied out to left fielder McReynolds to end the inning. Teufel tripled off the Redbirds’ Dan Quisenberry with one out in the top of the eighth. Elster followed with a grounder on which Pendleton threw to catcher Tom Pagnozzi for an out at home on Teufel. Quisenberry then retired Cone on a ground ball to second baseman Tim Jones for the inning’s third out.

Jones got a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth. John Morris slugged a two-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 9-3. Coleman singled to center field and Pendleton went down on strikes. Guerrero was retired on a pop-up to third baseman Jefferies. Cone got Pagnozzi on a grounder to first baseman Hernandez that ended the inning. Quisenberry then set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth.

Thompson hit a triple to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Denny Walling was retired on a ground ball to Cone. Oquendo grounded out to Hernandez to bring home Thompson with the Cardinals’ fourth run. Cone then issued a walk to Jones and got Morris on a pop-up to Jefferies to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.