August 28, 1998: Mets Come Back to Win in 10

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Date: August 28, 1998
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Dennis Cook
Key player(s): Mike Piazza, John Olerud, Rey Ordonez
Key play: Piazza’s and Olerud’s home runs, Karros’s error in 10th

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Friday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a four-game overlapping weekend series. The Mets came back from four runs behind and emerged with a 5-4 win in 10 innings.

Dodgers’ starter Carlos Perez gave up just a single to John Olerud in the top of the first. Eric Young singled against the Mets’ Bobby Jones to lead off the bottom half. Trenidad Hubbard hit a single and Gary Sheffield homered for a 3-0 Los Angeles lead. Eric Karros drew a walk and Raul Mondesi went down on strikes. Bobby Bonilla followed with a single to right field. Jones then got Mark Grudzielanek on a ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez for an inning-ending double play.

Perez and Jones each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Tony Phillips drew a walk and Edgardo Alfonzo got an infield single. Perez retired Olerud on a grounder to first baseman Karros that ended the inning and Jones set down the first two batters in the bottom half. Karros slugged a home run to increase the Los Angeles lead to 4-0. Mondesi singled and Bonilla flied out to left fielder Phillips to end the inning.

Mike Piazza hit a home run to begin the top of the sixth. Perez retired the next three Mets batters and a single by Grudzielanek opened the bottom half. Grudzielanek stole second base and Charles Johnson drew a walk. Jones was replaced on the mound by New York reliever Willie Blair, against whom Perez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third base. Young followed with a grounder on which catcher Piazza tagged out Grudzielanek coming to the plate. Blair then retired Hubbard on a fly ball to center fielder Brian McRae that closed out the inning.

Luis Lopez got a one-out single against Perez in the top of the seventh. Phillips drew a walk and Alfonzo flied out to left fielder Hubbard. Olerud hit a three-run homer off Dodgers’ reliever Scott Radinsky to tie the game at 4-4. Piazza walked and Radinsky retired McRae on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Bonilla. Against Blair with one out in the bottom half, Karros singled and moved to second base on an error by Ordonez. Mondesi hit a ground ball on which Mets’ reliever Turk Wendell threw to third baseman Alfonzo for an out on Karros. Mondesi stole second and Bonilla was given an intentional walk. With Grudzielanek at bat, Wendell caught Mondesi with a pickoff throw to Ordonez for the inning’s final out.

Radinsky set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. New York reliever Dennis Cook hurled a scoreless bottom half and Los Angeles’s Jeff Shaw surrendered only a walk to Phillips in the top of the ninth. Cook retired the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Piazza singled to begin the top of the 10th. McRae drew a walk and a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Lenny Harris moved the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco was walked intentionally to load the bases. Ordonez reached on Karros’s error that allowed Piazza to score and put the Mets ahead by a run. Lopez followed with a grounder on which second baseman Young threw to catcher Johnson for an out at home on McRae. Shaw then got Phillips to ground out to Karros and finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out Bonilla to start the bottom of the 10th. Grudzielanek reached on Alfonzo’s error and Johnson drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Roger Cedeno singled to load the bases and Young popped out to first baseman Olerud. John Franco then retired Hubbard on a ground ball to Ordonez for the final out of the game. The Mets had come from behind for an extra-inning win.