August 24, 1992: Gooden Wins Own Game with Home Run
|Date: August 24, 1992|
|Mets starter: Dwight Gooden|
|Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden|
|Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Daryl Boston|
|Key play: Gooden's home run in 4th|
The Mets and Giants began a three-game series at Candlestick Park on a Monday night. Dwight Gooden recorded his seventh win of the season as the Mets defeated San Francisco, 4-1. Dwight's two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Mets ahead to stay.
Daryl Boston led off the game with a home run off Giants' starter Bill Swift for a quick 1-0 Mets lead. Swift held the Mets scoreless in each of the next two innings. In the bottom of the third, Will Clark doubled off Gooden to score Willie McGee and tie the game for San Francisco.
Kevin Bass singled off Giants' reliever Bryan Hickerson to begin the top of the fourth inning. Hickerson retired the next two batters and Gooden stepped up to the plate. Dwight clouted a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Boston and Dick Schofield followed with back-to-back doubles for another run before Gooden retired the side on two hits in the bottom half.
From the fifth inning to the seventh, Gooden shut down the Giants while allowing only one hit. Reliever Anthony Young followed up with a scoreless bottom of the eighth. Meanwhile, the Mets were held in check by San Francisco relievers Jeff Brantley and Dave Righetti, who combined for five innings of shutout ball up to the middle of the ninth inning.
For the Mets, John Franco pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the series in San Francisco. Gooden's homer gave the Mets the lead for good, allowing him to win his own game.