August 31, 1983: Five-Run 4th Lifts Mets Over Dodgers
|Date: August 31, 1983|
|Mets starter: Mike Torrez|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Torrez|
|Key player(s): Mike Torrez, Mark Bradley, Mookie Wilson|
|Key play: Bradley's and Wilson's home runs, Torrez's single|
The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a five-game series. The Mets scored five runs in the fourth inning and defeated Los Angeles, 7-1.
Steve Sax singled against Mets' starter Mike Torrez to lead off the top of the first. Sax advanced to third base on Bill Russell's single and scored on Dusty Baker's ground out to second baseman Bob Bailor for a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Torrez got Pedro Guerrero to line out to first baseman Keith Hernandez and retired Ken Landreaux on a fly ball to right fielder Mark Bradley to end the inning. Los Angeles's Fernando Valenzuela then surrendered only a walk to Hernandez in the bottom half.
After scoreless second and third innings, Torrez shut down the Dodgers in the top of the fourth. Bradley hit an inside-the-park home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. Bailor followed with an infield single and stole second base. Junior Ortiz was called out on strikes and Jose Oquendo was given an intentional walk. Torrez singled to drive home Bailor with the go-ahead run. Mookie Wilson connected for a three-run homer to increase the Mets' lead to 5-1. Valenzuela then retired Hubie Brooks on a fly ball to center fielder Landreaux to close out the inning.
Torrez set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. George Foster got a one-out single in the bottom half. Bradley was struck out and Bailor singled. Ortiz followed with a double that scored Foster for a 6-1 Mets lead. On the play, Bailor was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Russell to catcher Steve Yeager to finish off the inning. Torrez gave up just a single to Mike Marshall in the top of the sixth and Oquendo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom half. Jose moved to third base as Torrez reached on Valenzuela's error and strikeouts of Wilson and Brooks ensued. Hernandez doubled to plate Oquendo with the seventh New York run of the game. Valenzuela then got Foster on a pop-up to first baseman Greg Brock for the inning's third out.
Torrez and Dodgers' reliever Joe Beckwith each hurled scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Brock flied out to Bradley to begin the top of the ninth. Torrez then fanned pinch-hitters Jose Morales and Rick Monday for the game's final outs. The Mets had a solid victory to conclude the series.