August 26, 1991: Two Runs in 10th Down Astros

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Date: August 26, 1991
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 6
Astros: 4
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Dave Magadan, Mackey Sasser, Rick Cerone
Key play: Magadan’s single and RBI double, Sasser’s RBI double, Cerone’s single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Monday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win.

Sid Fernandez and the Astros’ Pete Harnisch each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Dave Magadan hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Kevin McReynolds drew a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Howard Johnson grounded out to first baseman Jeff Bagwell to drive home Magadan and send McReynolds to third. Mackey Sasser followed with a sacrifice fly to score McReynolds for a 2-0 Mets lead. Gregg Jefferies drew a walk and moved to third on Harnisch’s errant pickoff throw. Harnisch then walked Rick Cerone and retired Garry Templeton on a pop-up to third baseman Ken Caminiti to end the inning.

Bagwell singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Caminiti followed with an inside-the-park home run to tie the game at 2-2. On the play, left fielder McReynolds sprained his ankle and was replaced by Mark Carreon. Javier Ortiz was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Daryl Boston, who got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Boston went to second base on catcher Craig Biggio’s passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Magadan. Harnisch got Carreon to ground out to second baseman Rafael Ramirez and retired Johnson on a fly ball to center fielder Gerald Young to close out the inning. Fernandez then set down all three Houston batters in the bottom half.

Harnisch yielded only a single to Sasser in the top of the sixth. Fernandez hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Templeton singled to open the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Chris Donnels flied out to Young and a fly ball by Boston was caught by right fielder Mike Simms. Magadan doubled to drive home Templeton and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Harnisch retired Carreon on a pop-up to Ramirez that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Astros’ reliever Al Osuna gave up just a double to Sasser in the top of the eighth. Andujar Cedeno doubled against Pena with one out in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Jose Tolentino slugged a two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Young went down on strikes and consecutive infield singles by Biggio and Bagwell ensued. Caminiti hit a single on which right fielder Sasser threw to catcher Cerone for an out at home on Biggio to finish off the inning. Houston’s Dwayne Henry pitched a perfect top of the ninth. For the Mets, reliever John Franco retired the side in order in the bottom half to send the game onward.

Keith Miller drew a one-out walk in the top of the 10th. Johnson followed with a single to center field. Sasser hit a double to drive home Miller and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Jefferies was walked intentionally to load the bases and Cerone singled to plate Johnson with the sixth New York run of the game. Templeton was retired on a pop-up to Ramirez. Henry then got Chuck Carr to fly out to left fielder Luis Gonzalez and end the inning.

Cedeno grounded out to third baseman Johnson to begin the bottom of the 10th. Tolentino doubled and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Young was retired on a ground ball to Johnson. Franco then got Biggio to ground out to Johnson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.


  • Tolentino’s home run was the only one of his major league career