July 11, 1979: Mets Beat Dodgers in 10th

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Date: July 11, 1979
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): John Stearns
Key play: Stearns' single in 10th

The Mets and Dodgers faced each other on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. Playing in front of a sparse crowd, the struggling teams went into extra innings. The Mets came away with a 4-3 win on John Stearns' single in the tenth inning.

The Dodgers got off to a 1-0 lead on Reggie Smith's home run off Pete Falcone in the first inning. Los Angeles added two more runs in the third when Joe Ferguson hit a double to score Smith and Steve Garvey. The Mets then got a run in the bottom of the third on Frank Taveras's double off Jerry Reuss that brought home Alex Trevino.

Steve Henderson and Trevino got singles for the Mets in the fifth. Willie Montanez drove in Henderson with a ground out and Trevino scored on Elliott Maddox's two-out single. Reuss then got the final out of the inning, but the score was tied, 3-3.

Mets' relievers Wayne Twitchell and Dale Murray shut down the Dodgers from the fourth inning to the ninth. Reuss and Dennis Lewallyn, likewise, held the Mets scoreless. Neil Allen then retired Los Angeles in order in the top of the tenth inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with two out against Lewallyn in the last half of the tenth. Stearns then stepped up to the plate and singled to left field, scoring Lee Mazzilli with the winning run. The Mets had themselves a come-from-behind victory.