April 16, 1985: Darling/Orosco One-Hitter

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Date: April 16, 1985
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 2
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Ron Darling, Jesse Orosco, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Hernandez's sacrifice fly

The Mets and Pirates played on a Tuesday night at Three Rivers Stadium. Ron Darling and Jesse Orosco teamed up for a one-hit game in a 2-1 Mets' victory. Keith Hernandez drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.

Darling allowed a leadoff single to Pittsburgh's Johnny Ray in the first inning. Following a sacrifice bunt, Ron got two ground outs to end the inning. The Mets then scored when Howard Johnson singled off Pirates' starter Jose DeLeon to bring home George Foster in the top of the second.

From the second inning to the seventh, Darling retired all Pittsburgh batters except for two walks to Sixto Lexcano. In the eighth, Ron again walked Lezcano and followed with another walk to Joe Orsulak. Orosco came in to relieve and issued a walk to Lee Mazzilli (batting for DeLeon) to load the bases for the Pirates. Jesse got Ray to fly out to center field before getting a force out at second base on which pinch-runner Bill Almon scored the tying run.

Mookie Wilson began the top of the ninth with a triple off Pittsburgh reliever John Candelaria. Hernandez flied out to center field to bring home Wilson, putting the Mets ahead. In the bottom half, Orosco struck out all three Pirates hitters to end the game. The Mets had a win on Darling's and Orosco's combined one-hitter.