April 29, 1983: Mets Outlast Braves in Homer Battle

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Date: April 29, 1983
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 6
Braves: 5
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): George Foster, Dave Kingman, Mookie Wilson, Ed Lynch
Key play: Mets’ three home runs, Lynch’s single

The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams engaged in a slugging duel that featured five home runs. In the end, the Mets came away with a 6-5 win over Atlanta.

Craig Swan and the Braves’ Rick Camp each pitched a perfect first inning. In the top of the second, Swan again retired the side in order. George Foster hit a leadoff homer in the bottom half to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Camp set down the next three batters and Glenn Hubbard singled to begin the top of the third. An ensuing single by Bruce Benedict advanced Hubbard to third base. Camp’s sacrifice bunt moved Benedict to second and Brett Butler hit a single to drive in two runs. Rafael Ramirez flied out to right fielder Danny Heep to end the inning. Camp then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Chris Chambliss led off the top of the fifth with a homer that extended the Atlanta lead to 3-1. Swan set down the next three Braves’ hitters and Ron Hodges singled with one out in the bottom half. Brian Giles hit a single to center field and was out at second base on Ron Gardenhire’s infield ground ball. An error by shortstop Ramirez after the force play allowed Hodges to score the Mets’ second run. Pinch-hitter Wally Backman then lined out to left fielder Dale Murphy to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ed Lynch shut down the Braves in the top of the sixth. With two outs in the bottom half, Dave Kingman hit a home run to tie the game. The Mets followed up by loading the bases on two walks and a single. Camp fanned Giles to close out the inning. Lynch then held Atlanta without a run in the top of the seventh.

Mookie Wilson homered with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Camp and Braves’ reliever Rick Mahler walked the next three New York batters to load the bases. Reliever Terry Forster threw a wild pitch that brought home Hubie Brooks from third base. Heep then hit an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Hubbard.

Lynch set down the Braves in order in the top of the eighth. Giles got a one-out single and stole second base against Atlanta’s Gene Garber in the bottom of the inning. Gardenhire struck out and Lynch singled to score Giles with the Mets’ sixth run. Wilson followed with a single to send Lynch to second. Brooks then lined out to Murphy to end the inning.

Claudell Washington led off the top of the ninth with a single to center field. Murphy homered to cut the Mets’ lead to one run. Reliever Doug Sisk came in to pitch and threw a called third strike past Bob Horner. Chambliss was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Brooks. Sisk then got Hubbard on another grounder to Brooks for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the three-game weekend series.