April 25, 1989: Cone and Myers Five-Hit Braves

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Date: April 25, 1989
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 2
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Kevin McReynolds, Lenny Dykstra, Randy Myers
Key play: McReynolds’ and Dykstra’s sacrifice flies

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. David Cone and Randy Myers combined on a five-hitter in a 2-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Cone and Braves’ starter Zane Smith each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. David set down the side in order in the top of the fourth and Lenny Dykstra tripled to lead off the bottom half. Gregg Jefferies grounded out to third baseman Ron Gant and a sacrifice fly by Kevin McReynolds brought home Dykstra. Keith Hernandez went down on strikes to end the inning and Cone gave up only a single to Dion James in the top of the fifth. Zane Smith then surrendered just a walk to Gary Carter in the bottom half.

Cone shut down the Braves in the top of the sixth. Mookie Wilson hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the inning. Dykstra followed with a sacrifice fly to score Wilson and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Jefferies was struck out to finish off the inning and Cone gave up only a single to Andres Thomas in the top of the seventh. Zane Smith then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Gant hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the eighth. Lonnie Smith popped out to Cone and a walk to Gerald Perry ensued. Perry stole second base and Cone struck out Dale Murphy to end the inning. David singled against Atlanta reliever Jim Acker with two outs in the bottom half. Acker then got Wilson to ground out to second baseman Jeff Treadway and end the inning.

James singled against Cone with one out in the top of the ninth. Jody Davis was called out on strikes and Treadway singled for the Braves’ fifth hit. Myers came in to pitch for the Mets and got pinch-hitter Darrell Evans on a force play ground ball to shortstop Kevin Elster that ended the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.