August 7, 1995: Mets Beat Marlins for Series Split

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Date: August 7, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 5
Marlins: 2
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Joe Orsulak, Jose Vizcaino, Damon Buford
Key play: Buford’s single 4th, Orsulak’s home run in 7th

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game overlapping weekend series. The Mets salvaged a split of the series with a 5-2 win over Florida.

Dave Mlicki and the Marlins’ David Weathers each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. In the fourth, Mlicki retired the side in order and Weathers walked Jose Vizcaino to open the bottom half. Kelly Stinnett’s ground out to third baseman Terry Pendleton advanced Vizcaino to second base. A single by Damon Buford scored Jose for the first run of the game. Mlicki’s sacrifice bunt moved Buford to second and Brett Butler flied out to center fielder Jesus Tavarez to end the inning. Mlicki held the Fish to singles by Pendleton and Charles Johnson in a scoreless top of the fifth. Weathers then limited the Mets to a double by Carl Everett and an intentional walk to Rico Brogna in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Mario Diaz doubled to lead off the top of the sixth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Tavarez moved Diaz to third base. Kurt Abbott singled to score Diaz and tie the game. Mlicki struck out Jeff Conine and Pendleton to end the inning. Florida reliever Randy Veres pitched a scoreless bottom half and Johnson doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh. Jerry Browne drew a walk and pinch-hitter Tommy Gregg singled to drive home Johnson for a 2-1 Marlins lead. Mlicki then retired Tavarez on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Jeff Kent.

Florida’s Terry Mathews gave up singles to Edgardo Alfonzo and Everett to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Kent flied out to right fielder Tavarez (who had shifted from center) and a walk to Brogna loaded the bases. Vizcaino hit a force play grounder to shortstop Abbott to drive home Alfonzo with the tying run. Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead. Mathews retired Buford on a pop-up to first baseman Greg Colbrunn for the final out of the inning. Mets’ reliever Doug Henry pitched a perfect top of the eighth. The Mets put two runners on base with two outs against Mathews in the bottom half. Marlins’ reliever Alejandro Pena then got Kent on an inning-ending force play grounder to Abbott.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got Colbrunn on a pop-up to Kent to start the top of the ninth inning. Chuck Carr flied out to center fielder Butler. Franco then threw a called third strike past Johnson to end the game. The Mets had their second straight win over the Fish for a split of the four-game series.