August 18, 1981: Kingman Clubs Braves
|Date: August 18, 1981|
|Mets starter: Ed Lynch|
|Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch|
|Key player(s): Dave Kingman, Ed Lynch|
|Key play: Kingman's double & two homers|
The Mets and Braves faced each other on a Tuesday night in Atlanta. Ed Lynch and Neil Allen pitched a combined six-hit shutout. Dave Kingman led the offensive charge with a double and two homers as the Mets came away with a 4-0 win.
Mookie Wilson began the first inning with a single off Braves' starter Rick Mahler. Wilson stole second base and Frank Taveras drew a walk. Mahler got Hubie Brooks to hit into a double play and Kingman followed with a double to score Mookie for a 1-0 Mets lead. Lynch pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning, giving up only a single to Claudell Washington.
In the top of the second, John Stearns and Doug Flynn got back-to-back singles with one out. On Flynn's hit, Stearns advanced to third on an error by Atlanta third baseman Bob Horner. Mahler struck out Lynch and committed a balk that allowed Stearns to score. Wilson fouled out to Horner to end the inning. Lynch then shut down the Braves in the bottom half.
Neither team scored from the third inning to the fifth. Mahler struck out three batters in holding down the Mets while Lynch had two strikeouts in three scoreless innings. In the top of the sixth, Kingman homered off Atlanta's John Montefusco for the Mets' third run of the game. Lynch then pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Montefusco and Lynch each pitched a perfect seventh inning. In the eight, Kingman led off with his second home run of the game. The Braves put two runners on base with two out in the bottom half. Allen came in to relieve Lynch and recorded the final out.
Atlanta's Gene Garber set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Dale Murphy singled off Allen to begin the bottom of the inning. Neil got Glenn Hubbard on a foul pop-up to first baseman Mike Jorgensen and an error by third baseman Brooks allowed Bruce Benedict to reach first base. Rafael Ramirez grounded into a force play for the second out of the inning. Allen then struck out pinch-hitter Terry Harper to end the game. The Mets had their sixth victory in eight games since the resumption of the season after the players strike.