August 5, 1994: Mets Hold Off Marlins' Comeback

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Date: August 5, 1994
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 10
Marlins: 7
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Kent’s and Bonilla’s two-run doubles

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. After building up a seven-run lead, the Mets held off a Florida comeback effort for a 10-7 win over the Fish.

Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen pitched a perfect top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Todd Hundley and Jeromy Burnitz got back-to-back singles off Marlins’ starter David Weathers. A single by Bobby Bonilla scored Hundley for the first run of the game. Jeff Kent followed with a double to drive home Burnitz and Bonilla. Rico Brogna singled to score Kent and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. David Segui hit a single for the sixth New York hit. Weathers then got Ryan Thompson to hit a ground ball to shortstop Kurt Abbott for an inning-ending double play.

Saberhagen and Weathers each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Bret shut down the Fish and Jose Vizcaino singled with one out in the bottom half. Weathers struck out Hundley and issued a walk to Burnitz. Bonilla hit a double to center field to drive home Vizcaino and Burnitz. Kent singled off Florida reliever Terry Mathews to score Bonilla with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Mathews then got Brogna on an inning-ending line drive to third baseman Jerry Browne.

Saberhagen and the Marlins’ Richie Lewis each hurled a scoreless fifth. Browne doubled to lead off the top of the sixth. Chuck Carr grounded out to first baseman Brogna to advance Browne to third base. A sacrifice fly by Gary Sheffield scored Browne with the first Florida run. Jeff Conine singled to center field and Saberhagen retired Greg Colbrunn on a fly ball to right fielder Burnitz to end the inning. Vizcaino tripled and Hundley walked to start the bottom half. Burnitz singled to score Vizcaino for an 8-1 Mets lead. Bonilla hit into a double play on which Hundley scored the Mets’ ninth run. Lewis then retired Kent on a fly ball to center fielder Carr for the third out.

Abbott got a one-out double in the top of the seventh inning. Bret Barberie singled to score Abbott and pinch-hitter Rich Renteria lined out to Brogna. Browne hit a fly ball to center fielder Thompson to close out the inning and Ryan singled off Marlins’ reliever Rich Scheid with two outs in the bottom half. A pinch-hit double by Luis Rivera plated Thompson for a 10-2 Mets lead. Scheid then got Vizcaino on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Barberie.

Carr singled off the Mets’ Mauro Gozzo to begin the top of the eighth inning. Sheffield hit a two-run homer and Conine doubled to left field. Colbrunn reached on an error by shortstop Vizcaino that brought home Conine, cutting the Mets’ lead to 10-5. Gozzo set down the next two batters and gave up a single to Barberie. Pinch-hitter Matias Carrillo hit a double to drive home Colbrunn and Barberie for the sixth and seventh Florida runs. Roger Mason came in to pitch for the Mets and got Browne on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Burnitz. Marlins’ reliever John Johnstone then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Carr grounded out to Brogna to open the top of the ninth inning. Sheffield followed with a single to center field. Mason then got Conine to hit a ground ball to Vizcaino for a double play that ended the game. The Mets had a victory despite late rally attempt by the Fish.