April 9, 1985: Carter's Homer Wins Opener

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Date: April 9, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Tom Gorman
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Carter's home run in 10th

A crowd of 46,781 came out to Shea Stadium on a cool Tuesday afternoon to watch the Mets' season opener. The game against the Cardinals was tied after nine innings. It ended in a 6-5 Mets win on Gary Carter's home run in the bottom of the tenth.

Dwight Gooden retired the Cards in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, the Mets scored twice against St. Louis starter Joaquin Andujar. Keith Hernandez singled home Mookie Wilson and a bases-loaded walk to Howard Johnson forced in Hernandez. The Cardinals then tied the game on Jack Clark's home run off Gooden to start the second inning and Carter's passed ball that brought home Lonnie Smith in the third.

With two out in the bottom of the third, George Foster homered off Andujar to reclaim the lead for the Mets. Hernandez added a two-out single to score Gooden in the fourth. The Mets' lead was extended to 5-2 when Rafael Santana got a double to score Foster with two out in the fifth. The Mets then had two runners on base with two out in the six before Darryl Strawberry flied out against St. Louis reliever Ken Dayley.

In the seventh, Gooden was relieved by Doug Sisk after giving up leadoff singles to Andy Van Slyke and Ozzie Smith. Sisk retired the next two batters, but then surrendered a two-run single to Tommy Herr. The Cardinals tied the game in the ninth when Sisk walked Clark with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets failed to score with the bases loaded for the second straight inning.

Tom Gorman retired the Cardinals in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half, Carter came up with one out against reliever Neil Allen. Gary connected for a game-winning home run over the left field wall. The Mets had an exciting Opening Day victory with Carter coming up with the big hit in his first game with the team.