August 29, 1995: Comeback in 9th Jolts Dodgers

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Date: August 29, 1995
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Jerry DiPoto
Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Butch Huskey
Key play: Kent’s home run, Huskey’s single

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The Mets scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win.

Bobby Jones and the Dodgers’ Ramon Martinez each started the game by pitching five innings of two-hit scoreless ball. To begin the top of the sixth, Kelly Stinnett drew a walk and advanced to second base on Jones’ sacrifice bunt. Stinnett moved to third on Joe Orsulak’s single and scored on an ensuing single by Jose Vizcaino. Carl Everett grounded out to second baseman Delino DeShields to drive home Orsulak from third for a 2-0 Mets lead. Martinez retired Jeff Kent on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Chad Fonville. Jones then shut down the Dodgers in the bottom half.

After a scoreless seventh inning, Martinez surrendered only a walk to Orsulak in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Chris Gwynn and Brett Butler drew consecutive walks against Jones and Mets’ reliever Don Florence, respectively, to open the bottom of the inning. Jose Offerman followed with a bunt on which Florence threw to third baseman Butch Huskey for a force out on pinch-runner Rick Parker. Mike Piazza singled against New York’s Jerry DiPoto to score Butler and send Offerman to third. Eric Karros was walked intentionally to load the bases and Raul Mondesi hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Offerman with the tying run. DeShields singled to plate Piazza and put the Dodgers ahead, 3-2. DiPoto then got Dave Hansen on a force play ground ball to shortstop Vizcaino for the inning’s final out.

Los Angeles reliever Todd Worrell threw a called third strike past Vizcaino to begin the top of the ninth. Everett was retired on a fly ball to Fonville. With the Mets down to their last out, Kent slugged a home run to tie the game. Rico Brogna drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Ryan Thompson. Huskey followed with a single to score Brogna and give the Mets a one-run lead. Stinnett then grounded back to Worrell to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got Fonville on a called third strike to open the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Roberto Kelly was struck out and Butler drew a walk. Franco then retired Offerman on a fly ball to center fielder Thompson for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory that was snared from the jaws of defeat.