April 15, 1981: Mets Beat Cardinals in Home Opener

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Date: April 15, 1981
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 3
Winning pitcher: Pat Zachry
Key player(s): Doug Flynn, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Flynn's two-run single, Wilson's triple

The Mets played their first home game of the season on a Wednesday afternoon. Facing the Cardinals at Shea Stadium, they recorded a victory in the 20th home opener in team history. The Mets came out with a 5-3 win over St. Louis.

In the second inning, the Mets built to a 4-0 lead against Cardinals' starter Silvio Martinez. With the bases loaded and one out, Doug Flynn hit a single that brought home Rusty Staub and Hubie Brooks for the first two runs of the game. Following Pat Zachry's sacrifice bunt, Mookie Wilson tripled to score Flynn and Alex Trevino. Against Zachry in the top of the third, the Cards got three doubles to plate two runs of their own.

Zachry and Martinez each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth, Pat issued one-out walks George Hendrick and Darrell Porter. Mets' reliever Tom Hausman entered the game and got Sixto Lexcano to hit into an inning-ending double play. The Mets then got a run on an error by right fielder Hendrick in the bottom of the inning.

Neil Allen pitched a perfect top of the seventh for the Mets. In the eighth, the Cards got a run when Garry Templeton came home on a force play grounder. The Mets were then shut down by St. Louis reliever Jim Otten in the bottom of the eighth.

Allen retired the Cardinals in order in the top of the ninth. The Mets had a win to commence the home half of the '81 season.