July 11, 1991: Mets Win on McReynolds' Single in 9th

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Date: July 11, 1991
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds
Key play: McReynolds' single in 9th

The Mets and Padres began a four-game set on a Thursday night at Shea Stadium. Entering the series, the Mets were on a seven-game winning streak and looking to extend it. They did just that with a 4-3 triumph on Kevin McReynolds' run-scoring single in the ninth inning.

Mets' starter Dwight Gooden held San Diego without a run for the first three innings of the game. The Padres had their chances to score with three hits, a walk and an error by shortstop Kevin Elster, but Gooden shut them down. Meanwhile, the Mets took a 1-0 lead on Hubie Brooks' home run off San Diego starter Bruce Hurst in the bottom of the second.

In the top of the fourth inning, Benito Santiago doubled with one out against Gooden. Tim Teufel reached third base on center fielder Mark Carreon's error that allowed Santiago to score. As Gooden struck out Paul Faries, Teufel was caught off base on a throw by catcher Charlie O'Brien to third baseman Howard Johnson for the third out of the inning. Hurst then held the Mets scoreless after a leadoff double by Johnson in the bottom half.

The Mets came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score still tied at 1-1. Dave Magadan got a one-out single that brought home Johnson with the go-ahead run. Carreon followed with another single to score Brooks for a 3-1 Mets lead. Hurst then recorded outs on the next two batters to close out the inning.

After pitching a perfect seventh, Gooden took the mound to begin the top of the eighth inning. Dwight recorded two outs before giving up a single to Tony Gwynn and walking Fred McGriff. An ensuing single by Jerald Clark brought home Gwynn to cut the Mets' lead to one run. Facing Alejandro Pena, Santiago hit his third double of the game to score McGriff for a 3-3 tie. Reliever John Franco ended the inning with no further scoring. The Mets were then shut down by San Diego's Larry Andersen in the bottom half.

Franco struck out two batters in pitching a scoreless top of the ninth. In the bottom of the inning, Gregg Jefferies drew a one-out walk and moved to second base on Kelvin Torve's ground out. Andersen issued an intentional walk to Garry Templeton and McReynolds came to bat. Kevin hit a single to center field that scored Jefferies to end the game. The Mets had their eighth win in a row to start the long weekend series.