August 25, 1991: Mets Hold Off Reds

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Date: August 25, 1991
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 2
Reds: 1
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Garry Templeton, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Jefferies’ home run, Templeton’s triple, McReynolds’ throw in 9th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Sunday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets avoided a Cincinnati sweep with a 2-1 win.

Following a scoreless first inning, Glenn Braggs doubled against Mets’ starter David Cone to lead off the top of the second. Braggs moved to third base after Jeff Reed’s fly out to center fielder Kevin McReynolds and came home on a single by Luis Quinones. Cone threw a called third strike past Randy Myers and retired Herm Winningham on a ground ball to second baseman Gregg Jefferies to end the inning. Howard Johnson hit a single against Reds’ starter Myers to begin the bottom half. On his own hit, Johnson was out at second base via a throw by center fielder Winningham to shortstop Barry Larkin. Mark Carreon went down on strikes and Jefferies homered to tie the game at 1-1. Garry Templeton hit a single and Charlie O'Brien drew a walk. Myers then got Cone to ground out to second baseman Bill Doran and finish off the inning.

Cone yielded only a single to Hal Morris in the top of the third. Dave Magadan singled with one out in the bottom half. McReynolds grounded to Doran for an inning-ending double play and Cone hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Jefferies drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Templeton hit a triple to score Jefferies and put the Mets ahead by a run. O’Brien then grounded back to Myers for the inning’ final out.

Cone and Myers each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. David set down the side in order in the top of the seventh and Templeton singled against Cincinnati reliever Norm Charlton to open the bottom half. O’Brien was hit by a pitch and Cone’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Keith Miller was retired on a ground ball to Larkin. Charlton then got Magadan to ground out to first baseman Morris and end the inning.

Cone held the Reds to a single by Larkin in the top of the eighth. Charlton surrendered only a walk to Carreon in the bottom half and pinch-hitter Mariano Duncan singled against Mets’ reliever John Franco to lead off the top of the ninth. Quinones flied out to center fielder Chuck Carr and a single by pinch-hitter Chris Sabo ensued. Trying to advance on the hit, Duncan was out via a throw by left fielder McReynolds (who had shifted from center) to third baseman Johnson. Franco then retired pinch-hitter Joe Oliver on a pop-up to shortstop Templeton for the final out of the game. The Mets had emerged with a victory.