August 8, 1980: Maddox's Single in 9th Beats Cardinals

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Date: August 8, 1980
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Elliott Maddox, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Maddox's single in 9th

The Mets and Cardinals began a three-game series on a Friday night in St. Louis. The teams played a two-hour and 21-minute game that featured 19 hits. The Mets came out with a 3-2 win on a run-scoring single by Elliott Maddox in the ninth inning.

Pete Falcone and the Cards' Bob Forsch each started the game by pitching two scoreless innings. The Mets had three singles off Forsch while the Redbirds got a single from Tito Landrum against Falcone. In the top of the third, Frank Taveras led off with a single and went to third base on a single by Maddox. Lee Mazzilli's sacrifice fly brought home Taveras for a 1-0 Mets lead. Falcone yielded a two-out single to Tony Scott in the bottom half. Scott was then thrown out trying to steal by Mets' catcher Alex Trevino.

Forsch and Falcone pitched a scoreless fourth inning despite allowing a combined three singles. Maddox doubled in the top of the fifth and scored on Mazzilli's single. Falcone followed up by retiring St. Louis in order in the bottom of the inning. Forsch then pitched a perfect top of the sixth.

Scott hit a single off Falcone with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Keith Hernandez also singled and Ted Simmons singled to score Scott. Falcone walked George Hendrick intentionally to load the bases for the Cardinals. Landrum hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hernandez and tie the game at 2-2. Pete completed the inning with no further scoring and Forsch shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh. Reliever Jeff Reardon then retired the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

After a scoreless eighth inning, the Cards' John Littlefield gave up a single to Doug Flynn leading off the top of the ninth. Claudell Washington (pinch-hitting for Reardon) flied out to center fielder Scott. Bill Almon grounded back to Littlefield, advancing Flynn to second base. Maddox followed with a single to score Doug and give the Mets a one-run lead. Trying to advance on the play, Elliott was thrown out at second for the final out of the inning.

Neil Allen struck out pinch-hitter Dane Iorg to begin the bottom of the ninth. He retired Ken Reitz on a ground ball to shortstop Almon for the second out of the inning. Neil then fanned Terry Kennedy for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the weekend series.