April 20, 1996: Vizcaino's Single in 10th Beats Rockies

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Date: April 20, 1996
Mets starter: Mark Clark
Mets: 4
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Jose Vizcaino, Todd Hundley, Rico Brogna, Bernard Gilkey
Key play: Hundley’s home run, Brogna’s double, Gilkey’s and Vizcaino’s singles

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Jose Vizcaino singled to drive home the winning run in the 10th inning for a 4-3 Mets victory over Colorado.

Following a scoreless first, Andres Galarraga hit a solo home run against Mets’ starter Mark Clark with one out in the top of the second. Vinny Castilla doubled and Jeff Reed was retired on a ground ball back to Clark. Jason Bates lined out to third baseman Jeff Kent to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Todd Hundley homered against the Rockies’ Mark Thompson to tie the game at 1-1. Thompson then struck out Kent to finish off the inning.

Clark shut down the Mountain Men in the top of the third. Thompson hurled a perfect bottom half and Dante Bichette drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth. Larry Walker went down on strikes and Galarraga hit a double that scored Bichette for a 2-1 Colorado lead. Castilla grounded out to Kent and a strikeout of Reed ended the inning. Thompson then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Clark gave up just a single to Castilla in the top of the seventh. Butch Huskey singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Rico Brogna hit a double to drive home pinch-runner Chris Jones with the tying run. Hundley was given an intentional walk and Kent lined out to shortstop Walt Weiss. Thompson retired Rey Ordonez on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Galarraga and a single by Weiss opened the top of the eighth. Ellis Burks followed with a sacrifice bunt and Bichette got an infield single. Clark then got Walker to hit a grounder to second baseman Vizcaino for a double play that ended the inning.

Pinch-hitter Edgardo Alfonzo singled against Rockies’ reliever Mike Munoz to begin the bottom of the eighth. Alfonzo moved to second base on Lance Johnson’s sacrifice bunt and to third on Vizcaino’s ground out to second baseman Bates. Bernard Gilkey singled against Colorado’s Steve Reed to score Alfonzo and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Reed then got Jones to hit a force play ground ball to Weiss and close out the inning.

Leading off the top of the ninth, Galarraga slugged a homer against Mets’ reliever John Franco to retie the game. Franco set down the next three batters and the Rockies’ Bruce Ruffin pitched a perfect bottom half. Franco retired the side in order in the top of the 10th and Ordonez singled against Colorado’s John Habyan to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Brent Mayne’s sacrifice bunt advanced Ordonez to second base and Johnson went down on strikes. Vizcaino followed with a single to plate Ordonez and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a win in extra innings.