April 27, 1996: Roberson Hits Winning Homer

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Date: April 27, 1996
Mets starter: Paul Wilson
Mets: 7
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Kevin Roberson, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Roberson's home run

On a cool Saturday evening in Pittsburgh, the Mets faced the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The Mets slowly came back to tie the game after falling behind early. In the ninth, Kevin Roberson hit a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 7-4 win over the Pirates.

The Mets got a quick lead off Pittsburgh's Danny Darwin in the first inning. Jose Vizcaino hit a one-out triple and scored on a single by Bernard Gilkey. The Pirates responded against Paul Wilson in the bottom half as Al Martin scored on a force play grounder and run-scoring singles by Dave Clark and Charlie Hayes created a 3-1 lead for the Bucs.

The Pirates added another run off Wilson in the fourth. Clark led off with a triple and scored on Jason Kendall's sacrifice fly. The Mets answered in the fifth with a leadoff triple by Ordonez and a single by Vizcaino to bring Rey home. Todd Hundley's sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Roberson with another New York run to make it a 4-3 game.

Dan Plesac replaced Darwin in the top of the eighth for Pittsburgh. Rico Brogna and Jeff Kent got singles off Plesac to bring Ordonez to the plate with two out. Rey got a single to center field, scoring pinch-runner Tim Bogar to tie the game for the Mets. Reliever Dave Mlicki then retired the Pirates in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the ninth, Vizcaino and Gilkey drew one-out walks from Pittsburgh reliever Dan Miceli. Roberson then connected for a home run off Miceli, putting the Mets ahead by three runs. In the bottom half, the Pirates put two runners on base against John Franco with one out. Franco retired the next two hitters to end the game and nail down the victory for the Mets.