August 29, 1990: Boston's Single Beats Padres

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Date: August 29, 1990
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Howard Johnson, Tom O'Malley, Daryl Boston
Key play: O’Malley’s and Boston’s singles

The Mets faced the Padres on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the latter half of a two-game series. Daryl Boston hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over San Diego.

Dwight Gooden and the Padres’ Andy Benes each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Shawn Abner doubled with one out in the top of the third. Benes went down on strikes and Bip Roberts hit a single to drive home Abner. Roberts stole second base and Gooden struck out Roberto Alomar to end the inning. Benes then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Gooden gave up only a single to Tony Gwynn in the top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom of the inning. Gooden and Benes followed up with scoreless fifth and sixth innings and Dwight shut down the Padres again in the top of the seventh. Howard Johnson singled to open the bottom half. Tim Teufel was retired on a line drive to right fielder Gwynn. Johnson stole second base and advanced to third on Mackey Sasser’s ground out to second baseman Alomar. Pinch-hitter Tom O'Malley hit a single to score Johnson and tie the game at 1-1. Pinch-runner Chuck Carr stole second and moved to third on catcher Benito Santiago’s throwing error. Benes then got Boston to fly out to center fielder Abner and finish off the inning.

Mike Pagliarulo drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Bob Ojeda to begin the top of the eighth. Pagliarulo moved to second base on Abner’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by pinch-hitter Garry Templeton. Ojeda fanned Roberts and retired Alomar on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Boston. Dave Magadan singled against San Diego’s Rich Rodriguez to lead off the bottom half. Magadan stole second and a line drive by Gregg Jefferies was caught by left fielder Joe Carter. Darryl Strawberry grounded out to Alomar to advance Magadan to third. Padres’ reliever Greg Harris then threw a called third strike past Kevin McReynolds to end the inning.

Ojeda hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Johnson singled against Harris to open the bottom half. Teufel’s sacrifice bunt sent Johnson to second base and Todd Hundley drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Kelvin Torve walked to load the bases and Craig Lefferts came in to pitch for San Diego. Boston greeted Lefferts with a single that brought home Johnson and ended the game. The Mets had come away with a victory.


  • Carr’s stolen base was the first of his major league career
  • The win for Ojeda was his last one as a Met