April 16, 1993: Murray and Johnson Slug Mets Past Reds

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Date: April 16, 1993
Mets starter: Pete Schourek
Mets: 3
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: Pete Schourek
Key player(s): Pete Schourek, Eddie Murray, Howard Johnson
Key play: Murray’s and Johnson’s home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night in Cincinnati. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Eddie Murray and Howard Johnson homered to support Pete Schourek’s solid pitching for a 3-1 Mets win.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Murray hit a solo home run against Reds’ starter Jose Rijo. Bobby Bonilla went down on strikes for the third out and Schourek retired the side in order in the bottom half. Rijo hurled a perfect top of the second and Chris Sabo drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Randy Milligan singled and Reggie Sanders was called out on strikes. Schourek then got Joe Oliver to fly out to center fielder Joe Orsulak and finish off the inning.

After a scoreless third, Bonilla walked with one out in the top of the fourth. Johnson followed with a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Orsulak popped out to second baseman Bip Roberts and a fly ball by Jeff McKnight was caught by center fielder Roberto Kelly to end the inning. Barry Larkin singled to open the bottom half. Kevin Mitchell followed with a ground ball back to Schourek for a double play. Pete then retired Sabo on a fly ball to Orsulak for the inning’s final out.

Schourek and Rijo each pitched scoreless ball from the fifth inning to the seventh. Cincinnati reliever Steve Foster hurled a perfect top of the eighth and Jeff Branson hit a two-out double against Schourek in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis got Mitchell on a grounder to shortstop Tony Fernandez that closed out the inning. Jeff Kent was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth. Foster then struck out Todd Hundley to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Sabo on a fly ball to Orsulak to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Milligan flied out to right fielder Bonilla and a home run by Sanders ensued. Franco then got Oliver to ground out to Fernandez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a series-opening victory.