August 8, 1996: Gilkey and Hundley Slug Marlins in 8th

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Date: August 8, 1996
Mets starter: Pete Harnisch
Mets: 3
Marlins: 0
Winning pitcher: Pete Harnisch
Key player(s): Pete Harnisch, Bernard Gilkey, Todd Hundley
Key play: Gilkey’s and Hundley’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Home runs by Bernard Gilkey and Todd Hundley in the eighth inning lifted the Mets to a 3-0 win over Florida.

Pete Harnisch and the Marlins’ Kevin Brown each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the seventh. Harnisch held the Fish to four singles and a walk while Brown gave up a pair of walks (one intentional) and five scattered hits. Alvaro Espinoza drew a walk against Brown with one out in the top of the eighth. Gilkey followed with a homer for a 2-0 Mets lead. Hundley homered for the third New York run and Fish reliever Jay Powell retired Carlos Baerga on a pop-up to second baseman Luis Castillo. Powell got Alex Ochoa to ground out to shortstop Edgar Renteria and finish off the inning. Harnisch then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Florida reliever Miguel Batista hurled a scoreless top of the ninth. For New York, reliever John Franco retired Renteria on a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo to start the bottom of the inning. Gary Sheffield popped out to Alfonzo. Franco then got Jeff Conine on a grounder to third baseman Espinoza for the game’s final out. The Mets had a shutout victory to begin the series.