August 13, 1982: Three-Run 7th Overtakes Cubs

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Date: August 13, 1982
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 6
Cubs: 4
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Jesse Orosco, Ellis Valentine, George Foster
Key play: Foster’s and Valentine’s singles in 7th

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second game of a four-game weekend series. The Mets scored three runs in the seventh inning to come up with a 6-4 win over Chicago.

In the top of the first, Larry Bowa got a one-out single off Mets’ starter Pat Zachry. An ensuing home run by Bill Buckner gave the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the game in the bottom half on George Foster’s double that scored Mookie Wilson and a sacrifice fly by Rusty Staub on which Wally Backman came home. Chicago starter Doug Bird retired the next two batters to end the inning. Zachry and Bird then pitched a scoreless second inning.

Bowa walked and went to third base on Buckner’s single to open the top of the third. An infield ground out by Leon Durham scored Bowa and advanced Buckner to second. Jay Johnstone’s single plated Buckner to extend the Cubs’ lead to 4-2. Zachry finished the rest of the inning with no further scoring and Bird shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Zachry held Chicago to no runs despite Buckner’s walk and a single by Durham. Backman reached second base on an error by left fielder Steve Henderson with two outs in the bottom half. Wally came home when shortstop Bowa mishandled Foster’s ensuing grounder. Staub hit a double to move Foster to third before Bird retired Ellis Valentine for the third out. Each team was then held scoreless on one hit in the sixth inning.

Jesse Orosco pitched a perfect inning of relief in the top of the seventh. Wilson started the bottom half with a single off Bird and went to second base on reliever Mike Proly’s balk. With one out, Foster delivered a single to score Mookie and tie the game at 4-4. George advanced to third on Staub’s single and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Valentine. Facing the Cubs’ Willie Hernandez, Ron Hodges got the Mets’ fifth single of the inning to bring home pinch-runner Mike Jorgensen. Hernandez then set down the next two Mets hitters for the final outs of the inning.

Orosco and Hernandez each allowed a single in pitching a scoreless eighth. Jesse retired pinch-hitter Jerry Morales and Ryne Sandberg to begin the top of the ninth. He then got Bowa on a foul pop-up to first baseman Jorgensen to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory to end a four-game losing streak.