August 29, 1981: Scott Leads Four-Hitter Over Reds

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Date: August 29, 1981
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 3
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Hubie Brooks, Rusty Staub
Key play: Brooks’ and Staub’s RBI singles, Berenyi’s wild pitch in 7th

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 44,598 fans on hand. Mike Scott led the way in a four-hitter as the Mets defeated Cincinnati, 3-2.

Scott began then game with four perfect innings pitched. Meanwhile, Reds’ starter Bruce Berenyi recorded four strikeouts in pitching two-hit scoreless ball in the bottom halves. George Foster doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Foster advanced to third base on Dan Driessen’s single and came home as Ray Knight hit a double play ground ball to second baseman Doug Flynn. Scott retired Joe Nolan on a fly ball to right fielder Ellis Valentine to end the inning. Berenyi then fanned two more Mets batters in a perfect bottom half.

Scott shut down the Reds in the top of the sixth. To begin the bottom of the inning, Lee Mazzilli drew a walk and stole second base. Frank Taveras went down on strikes and Hubie Brooks singled to bring home Mazzilli with the tying run. Dave Kingman got a bunt single and Valentine flied out to left fielder Foster. Berenyi then struck out Rusty Staub to finish off the inning.

Scott yielded only a single to Ken Griffey in the top of the seventh. Alex Trevino reached on shortstop Dave Concepcion’s error to lead off the bottom half. Trevino stole second base and Flynn popped out to third baseman Knight. Pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen grounded out to first baseman Driessen to send Trevino to third. Alex came home on a wild pitch for a 2-1 Mets lead. Berenyi then retired Mazzilli on a fly ball to Foster for the inning’s third out.

Mets’ reliever Mike Marshall set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Taveras got a bunt single to open the bottom half. Frank stole second base and strikeouts of Brooks and Kingman ensued. On a wild pitch third strike, Valentine reached first and Taveras went to third. Staub followed with a single that plated Taveras and increased the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Berenyi then got Trevino to line out to second baseman Ron Oester and end the inning.

Oester reached on first baseman Kingman’s error to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Larry Biittner grounded out to Flynn and single by Dave Collins followed. Marshall was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Ray Searage, who threw a wild pitch that brought home Oester with the Reds’ second run. Searage followed up with a strikeout of Griffey. New York’s Neil Allen then retired Concepcion on a ground ball to shortstop Taveras for the final out of the game. The Mets had a four-hit victory.