July 13, 1980: Mazzilli's Second Homer Lifts Mets Over Cards

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Date: July 13, 1980
Mets starter: Pete Falcone
Mets: 7
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Pete Falcone
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Mazzilli’s two homers, Templeton’s error

The Mets and Cardinals faced each other in a Sunday doubleheader at Shea Stadium. In the opener, the Mets scored six runs in the eighth inning for a come-from-behind victory. Lee Mazzilli drove in four runs with a pair of homers as the Mets downed St. Louis, 7-4.

Pete Falcone and the Cardinals’ Bob Sykes each pitched scoreless ball through the first three innings of the game. In the top of the fourth, Ted Simmons led off with a double and went to third base on Ken Reitz’s one-out single. A sacrifice fly by Tony Scott brought home Simmons for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. Falcone retired Ken Oberkfell on a fly ball to right fielder Joel Youngblood for the third out. Mazzilli led off the bottom half with a home run to tie the game. Sykes then shut down the Mets for the rest of the inning.

From the fifth inning to the seventh, Falcone and Sykes allowed no runs while giving up a combined five hits. Simmons led off the top of the eighth with a single to left field. An ensuing home run by George Hendrick gave the Redbirds a 3-1 lead. Falcone set down the next three batters and Doug Flynn singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Alex Trevino hit a single to advance Flynn to third. Mazzilli homered for the second time to plate three runs and put the Mets ahead, 4-3. Frank Taveras followed with a single to right field. Sykes was then replaced on the mound by Cards’ reliever John Urrea.

Taveras moved to second on a balk by Urrea, who then walked Steve Henderson. Urrea’s pickoff throw got past first baseman Keith Hernandez to advance the runners to second and third. John Stearns walked to load the bases and a single by Youngblood scored Taveras. Jerry Morales reached on an error by shortstop Garry Templeton on which Henderson and Stearns came home to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-3. Elliott Maddox followed with a ground ball to Templeton for a double play. Urrea then retired Flynn on a fly ball to right fielder Hendrick to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever Tom Hausman struck out Leon Durham to start the top of the ninth. Bobby Bonds hit a solo homer for the Cardinals’ fourth run. Templeton hit a grounder to second baseman Flynn for the second out of the inning. Hernandez then grounded out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen to end the game. The Mets had a comeback win in the opener of the twinbill.