April 28, 1984: Ross Jones Doubles in the 9th

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Date: April 28, 1984
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 4
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ross Jones, Hubie Brooks, Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Jones' double, Strawberry's home run

The Mets and Phillies faced each other on a Saturday afternoon. The crowd at Shea Stadium was treated to a game that featured a dramatic finish. Ross Jones doubled to drive home the winning run in the ninth inning for a 4-3 Mets victory over Philadelphia.

Ron Darling and the Phils' Charles Hudson each pitched a scoreless first inning to start the game. The Phillies got a run in the top of the second on a two-out single by Ivan DeJesus that scored Von Hayes. The Mets tied the game in the bottom half when Darryl Strawberry came home on Mookie Wilson's single.

In the top of the third inning, the Phils had Juan Samuel at second base with two out. Joe Lefebvre singled off Darling to bring home Samuel and put Philadelphia on top. Glenn Wilson followed with a triple to score Lefebvre for the Phillies' third run of the game. The Mets then got a run in the bottom of the inning when Wally Backman scored on an error by second baseman Samuel.

From the fourth inning to the seventh, Darling and Hudson pitched shutout ball while allowing only two hits apiece. Reliever Ed Lynch retired the Phils in order in the top of the eighth. The Mets tied the game at 3-3 when Strawberry homered off Hudson with two out in the bottom half.

The Phillies had two runners on base with two out in the top of the ninth. Lynch struck out Samuel to end the inning. Against Philadelphia's Al Holland, Hubie Brooks led off the bottom half with single. Holland struck out Mike Fitzgerald and Jones came up to the plate. Ross hit a double to score Brooks and end the game. It was an amazing win for the Mets.

Notes

  • Jones' double was his only hit as a Met in his career. The run was his only RBI with the team.