April 30, 1986: Mets Win 11th in a Row

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Date: April 30, 1986
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 8
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter
Key play: Mets' 2-run first inning

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday evening in Atlanta. Led by Darryl Strawberry, the Mets pounded out thirteen hits and rolled to an 8-1 victory. The win was the Mets' eleventh in a row, tying a team record.

The Mets got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning. Len Dykstra led off with a bunt single and stole both second and third base. Wally Backman followed with a walk and Keith Hernandez singled to drive home Dykstra. Strawberry then got a single to bring home Backman. The Mets added two more runs in the third when Strawberry doubled and Gary Carter homered off Braves starter Joe Johnson for a 4-0 lead.

On the mound for the Mets, Dwight Gooden started off with four shutout innings. Dwight kept Atlanta scoreless despite allowing four singles and issuing a walk. To end the fourth, Gooden got Andres Thomas on a fly ball to center field, where Dykstra threw to third baseman Ray Knight to double up Chris Chambliss trying to advance on the play.

Strawberry hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to increase the Met lead to six runs. The Braves scored in the bottom half on Dale Murphy's solo homer off Gooden. The Mets got two more runs when Dykstra tripled home Howard Johnson and scored on Backman's sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning.

From the sixth to the eighth, Gooden held the Braves to only one hit. Meanwhile, Strawberry singled off Braves' reliever Jeff Dedmon for his fourth hit in the top of the seventh. Darryl also hit a single off Gene Garber in the ninth to make it a 5-for-5 game for himself.

Jesse Orosco set down the Braves in order in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets had their 11th straight win to match the team record. The two previous 11-game winning streaks for the Mets had come in 1969 and 1972.