August 21, 1991: Mets End 11-Game Losing Streak
|Date: August 21, 1991|
|Mets starter: Sid Fernandez|
|Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez|
|Key player(s): Sid Fernandez, Mark Carreon, Kevin Elster|
|Key play: Carreon's home run in 5th, Elster's homer in 7th|
In the second game of a doubleheader, the Mets aimed for a split with the Cardinals. The loss in Game 1 had extended the team's losing streak to 11 games. Sid Fernandez came up with seven innings of shutout ball as the Mets clouted three homers for an 8-0 victory to end the skid.
Fernandez and St. Louis's Rheal Cormier each started off with four scoreless innings. In the fifth, Sid retired the Cardinals in order for the third time in the game. Mark Carreon then led off the bottom half with a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, Keith Miller and Kevin Elster got one-out singles off Cormier. Kevin McReynolds followed with a sacrifice fly to score Miller from third base. Fernandez then pitched a scoreless top of the seventh, getting Tom Pagnozzi for his ninth strikeout to end the inning.
Gregg Jefferies singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Garry Templeton followed with a double on which Jefferies scored. After an out and an intentional walk to Dave Magadan, Miller singled off reliever Willie Fraser to bring home Templeton with the Mets' fourth run. Elster then hit a three-run homer and McReynolds also connected for a homer to increase the Mets' lead to eight runs. For St. Louis, reliever Juan Agosto came in to finish the inning.
In the eighth, Alejandro Pena held the Cardinals despite allowing a walk and a single. He then pitched a perfect ninth to end the game. The Mets' losing streak was over with a shutout win.