April 24, 1990: Mets Score in 9th to Beat Braves

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Date: April 24, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Julio Machado
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kevin McReynolds, Mark Carreon
Key play: McReynolds’ sacrifice fly, Carreon’s double and run in 9th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 22,553 fans on hand. The Mets scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden struck out Oddibe McDowell to begin the top of the first inning. Jeff Treadway singled to right field and advanced to second base on Gooden’s errant pickoff throw. Lonnie Smith grounded back to Gooden and a double by Jim Presley scored Treadway for the first run of the game. Gooden retired Tommy Gregg on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Mike Marshall. For the Braves, Pete Smith pitched a perfect bottom half.

Gooden and Pete Smith each pitched scoreless and hitless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Dwight shut down the Braves in the top of the fifth and Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning. Strawberry stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kevin McReynolds followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Strawberry with the tying run. Marshall was retired on a grounder to catcher Ernie Whitt and a single by Barry Lyons ensued. Pete Smith then threw a called third strike past Kevin Elster for the inning’s final out.

Gooden fanned five Atlanta batters in pitching scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Pete Smith responded by shutting down the Mets in the bottom halves. Dwight retired the side in order in the top of the eighth and Braves’ reliever Rick Luecken yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Tom O'Malley in the bottom of the inning. For New York, reliever Julio Machado hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Mark Carreon doubled against Atlanta’s Mike Stanton. A single by Howard Johnson moved Carreon to third base and Strawberry popped out to second baseman Treadway. McReynolds was walked intentionally to load the bases. Marshall followed with a ground ball on which shortstop Jeff Blauser threw to Treadway for an out on McReynolds at second. Marshall reached first on the play as Carreon came home with the winning run. The Mets had a victory to begin the mid-week series.