August 6, 1982: Mets Beat Bucs for DH Split

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Date: August 6, 1982
Mets starter: Randy Jones
Mets: 7
Pirates: 3
Winning pitcher: Randy Jones
Key player(s): Ellis Valentine, George Foster
Key play: Valentine’s and Foster’s two-run singles

The Mets faced the Pirates in a doubleheader on a Friday evening in Pittsburgh. After dropping the opener, the Mets aimed for a split of the twinbill at Three Rivers Stadium. Ellis Valentine and George Foster delivered two-run singles in a 7-3 Mets win over the Bucs.

Randy Jones and the Pirates’ Ross Baumgarten each pitched two scoreless innings to start the game. Bob Bailor singled with one out in the top of the third. Valentine followed with a triple to drive home Bailor with the first run of the game. Dave Kingman went down on strikes and Baumgarten fanned Foster to end the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Omar Moreno singled and stole second base. Lee Lacy flied out to left fielder Foster and a single by Jim Morrison advanced Moreno to third. With Willie Stargell at bat, Moreno got caught on a steal attempt and was tagged by third baseman Hubie Brooks for the final out of the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Baumgarten retired the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Moreno got a two-out single in the bottom half. Lacy hit an inside-the-park home run for a 2-1 Pittsburgh lead. Morrison singled and Stargell was called out on strikes to finish off the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Kingman homered to tie the game. Foster flied out to right fielder Dick Davis and a fly ball by John Stearns was caught by center fielder Moreno to close out the inning. Jones then shut down the Bucs in the bottom half.

Brooks singled against Baumgarten to lead off the top of the seventh. Hubie advanced to second base on Ron Gardenhire’s sacrifice bunt. With Pittsburgh reliever Rod Scurry on the mound, pinch-hitter Mookie Wilson reached on an error by second baseman Johnny Ray. Mike Howard drew a walk to load the bases and Bailor went down on strikes. Valentine singled to score Brooks and Wilson, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead. Scurry struck out Kingman to end the inning. Mets’ reliever Neil Allen then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

For the Pirates, reliever Kent Tekulve hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Allen set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Wilson got an infield single to open the top of the ninth. Mookie stole second base and went to third on catcher Tony Pena’s throwing error. Allen drew a walk and Bailor reached on an error by Ray to bring home Wilson. Valentine popped out to Ray and a walk to Mike Jorgensen loaded the bases. Foster singled to plate Allen and Bailor for a 7-2 Mets lead. Stearns was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Mike Easler. Tekulve then got Brooks to hit a force play grounder to shortstop Dale Berra for the third out of the inning.

Berra flied out to center fielder Wilson to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pena and Easler followed with back-to-back singles to center field. Moreno singled to drive home Pena with the Bucs’ third run. Allen then got pinch-hitter Bill Madlock on a ground ball to shortstop Gardenhire for a game-ending double play. The Mets had a victory and a split of the doubleheader.