August 3, 1984: Terrell and Three Homers Beat Bucs

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Date: August 3, 1984
Mets starter: Walt Terrell
Mets: 4
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Walt Terrell
Key player(s): Walt Terrell, Kelvin Chapman, Jerry Martin, George Foster
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Friday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played the second of four games in a series. Walt Terrell pitched a five-hitter and the Mets slugged three homers for a 4-1 win over the Bucs.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Kelvin Chapman hit a solo home run against Pirates’ starter John Candelaria. Keith Hernandez singled and George Foster was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Johnny Ray. Hubie Brooks grounded to Ray for an inning-ending force play and Terrell set down the side in order in the bottom half. Candelaria retired all three Mets batters in the top of the second. Walt then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

Candelaria retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the third. Dale Berra reached second base on left fielder Foster’s error with one out in the bottom half. Berra advanced to third base on Candelaria’s single and scored the tying run on Marvelle Wynne’s ground out to second baseman Chapman. Lee Mazzilli grounded out to Chapman to end the inning and Candelaria pitched a perfect top of the fourth. Terrell then yielded only a single to Tony Pena in the bottom half.

Leading off the top of the fifth, Jerry Martin hit a homer to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Candelaria retired the next three batters and Terrell gave up just a single to Berra in the bottom of the inning. Chapman got a one-out double in the top of the sixth. Hernandez went down on strikes and Foster homered to increase the New York lead to three runs. Brooks grounded out to third baseman Jim Morrison to finish off the inning and Jason Thompson singled with two outs in the bottom half. Terrell then got Pena to hit a force play grounder to third baseman Brooks for the inning’s final out.

Following a scoreless seventh, Candelaria surrendered only a walk to Chapman in the top of the eighth. Mazzilli singled for the Bucs’ fifth hit with two outs in the bottom half. Lee stole second base and Ray grounded out to Chapman to end the inning. Pittsburgh reliever Kent Tekulve hurled a scoreless top of the ninth and Thompson flied out to Foster to begin the bottom half. Terrell then fanned Pena and retired Lee Lacy on a fly ball to Foster for the final out of the game. The Mets had a solid victory that halted a seven-game losing streak.