August 5, 1984: Foster's Single in 10th Beats Pirates

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Date: August 5, 1984
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 3
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Wes Gardner
Key player(s): George Foster, Mookie Wilson, Sid Fernandez. Wes Gardner
Key play: Foster’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The teams played the finale of a four-game series at Three Rivers Stadium. George Foster hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 3-1 win.

Sid Fernandez and the Pirates’ John Tudor each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Mookie Wilson drew a walk to lead off the top of the third. Wilson stole second base and advanced to third on Kelvin Chapman’s fly out to center fielder Marvelle Wynne. Keith Hernandez grounded out to second baseman Johnny Ray to drive home Mookie for a 1-0 Mets lead. Tudor retired Foster on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Amos Otis. On three walks, the Bucs loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half. Fernandez then got Jason Thompson to ground out to second baseman Chapman and end the inning.

Tudor and Fernandez each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Pittsburgh reliever Don Robinson set down the Mets in order in the top of the eighth. Wynne flied out to center fielder Wilson to open the bottom half. Lee Lacy followed with a home run to tie the game. Fernandez retired Jim Morrison on a foul pop-up to first baseman Hernandez and issued a walk to Thompson. With Tony Pena at bat, pinch-runner Benny Distefano was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Mike Fitzgerald to Chapman for the third out. Robinson pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Mets’ reliever Wes Gardner then set down the Bucs 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Ron Hodges drew a walk with one out in the top of the 10th. Wilson reached on an error by shortstop Dale Berra to advance pinch-runner Wally Backman to second base. Robinson struck out pinch-hitter Rusty Staub and walked Hernandez to load the bases. Foster singled to drive home Backman and Wilson, giving the Mets a two-run lead. Brooks then hit a grounder to third baseman Morrison for the final out of the inning.

Berra grounded out to shortstop Rafael Santana to start the bottom of the 10th. Pinch-hitter Lee Mazzilli went down on strikes. Gardner then struck out Wynne to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory for their third consecutive win.


  • The win for Gardner was the first of his major league career and his only one as a Met.