August 29, 1992: Four Runs in 2nd Lift Mets Over Reds

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Date: August 29, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 6
Reds: 5
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Chico Walker, Vince Coleman
Key play: Gooden’s double, Coleman’s single, Walker’s singles and sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Reds on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the third of four games in a weekend series. The Mets scored four runs in the second inning and came away with a 6-5 win over Cincinnati.

Dave Martinez drew a walk with one out in the top of the first. Martinez stole second base and Barry Larkin popped out to third baseman Chico Walker. Hal Morris hit a home run to give the Reds a 2-0 lead and a walk to Paul O’Neill ensued. Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden caught O’Neill with a pickoff throw to first baseman Eddie Murray for the final out of the inning. Cincinnati’s Chris Hammond then yielded only a double to Walker in a scoreless bottom half.

Gooden shut down the Reds in the top of the second. Bill Pecota and Charlie O'Brien got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Gooden doubled to drive home Pecota and send O’Brien to third base. An ensuing single by Vince Coleman (who advanced to second on a throw) scored O’Brien and Gooden with the tying and go-ahead runs. Walker hit a single to bring home Coleman and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-2. A passed ball by catcher Joe Oliver allowed Walker to move to second. Hammond then threw a called third strike past Jeff Kent for the inning’s third out.

Larkin hit a two-out triple in the top of the third. Morris singled to score Larkin with the Reds’ third run and Gooden retired O’Neill on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Kevin Bass. Hammond shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Gooden struck out the side in a scoreless top of the fourth. The Mets were retired in order by Hammond in the bottom of the inning. Dwight then set down all three Cincinnati batters in the top of the fifth.

Coleman drew a walk to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. With Walker at bat, Vince advanced to third base on Oliver’s errant pickoff throw. Walker followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Coleman for a 5-3 Mets lead. Hammond retired Kent on a fly ball to right fielder O’Neill and got Murray on a pop-up to shortstop Larkin that ended the inning. To start the top of the sixth, Morris hit a double and went to third on O’Neill’s ground out to shortstop Pecota. Reggie Sanders was called out on strikes and Oliver doubled to drive home Morris. Bill Doran drew a walk and Gooden got pinch-hitter Jeff Branson on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Kent. Cincinnati reliever Scott Ruskin then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

For the Mets, Jeff Innis hurled a perfect top of the seventh inning. O’Brien singled to open the bottom half. Charlie advanced to second base on Dick Schofield’s sacrifice bunt and to third when Coleman reached on an error by third baseman Bip Roberts. Walker singled to score O’Brien and extend the Mets’ lead to 6-4. On his own hit, Chico was out via a throw by left fielder Sanders to second baseman Doran. Ruskin then retired Kent on a grounder to Larkin to end the inning.

Innis and Ruskin each hurled a scoreless eighth. Leading off the top of the ninth, pinch-hitter Glenn Braggs hit a double against Mets’ reliever Anthony Young. Braggs moved to third base on Roberts’ fly out to center fielder Coleman and came home on Martinez’s ground out to shortstop Schofield. Larkin singled to keep the Reds’ chances alive. Young then got Morris to ground out to Murray and end the game. The Mets had triumphed for their sixth consecutive victory.