July 13, 1991: Cone Fans 13 as Mets Win Tenth Straight

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Date: July 13, 1991
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 3
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: David Cone
Key player(s): David Cone, Mark Carreon
Key play: Carreon’s single in 8th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 33,149 fans on hand. David Cone struck out thirteen batters as the Mets won their tenth game in a row by defeating San Diego, 3-1.

Cone fanned Bip Roberts to begin the top of the first inning. Tony Fernandez was called out on strikes and Tony Gwynn hit a fly ball to left fielder Kevin McReynolds for the third out. Padres’ starter Dennis Rasmussen pitched a scoreless bottom half and Jerald Clark singled with one out in the top of the second. Clark advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Benito Santiago was struck out. Cone then fanned Tim Teufel to close out the inning.

Howard Johnson singled to lead off the bottom of the second. Hubie Brooks hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Teufel and a single by Mark Carreon ensued. Rick Cerone drew a walk to load the bases and Cone followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Fernandez to drive home Brooks for the first run of the game. Rasmussen then retired Garry Templeton on a fly ball to center fielder Thomas Howard that ended the inning.

Cone struck out Howard to begin the top of the third. Rasmussen singled and moved to second base on a passed ball by catcher Cerone. Rasmussen went to third on Roberts’ ground out to second baseman Gregg Jefferies and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Fernandez grounded out to shortstop Kevin Elster to end the inning and Rasmussen shut down the Mets in the bottom half. With one out in the top of the fourth, Fred McGriff doubled to right field. Clark took a called third strike and McGriff advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cone fanned Santiago to finish off the inning. The Mets were then retired in order by Rasmussen in the bottom half.

Cone threw a called third strike past Teufel to open the top of the fifth. Howard hit a double and moved to third base on Rasmussen’s ground out to Jefferies. Roberts went down on strikes to close out the inning and Rasmussen yielded only a single to Templeton in the bottom half. Fernandez hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. Gwynn flied out to center fielder Carreon. Fernandez stole second and McGriff was struck out. Cone fanned Clark for the final out of the inning and the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half. Rasmussen then got Cerone to hit a grounder to second baseman Roberts for an inning-ending double play.

Cone struck out Santiago to start a perfect top of the seventh inning. Rasmussen limited the Mets to a single by Elster in the bottom half and grounded out to first baseman Templeton to begin the top of the eighth. Cone got Roberts for his thirteenth strikeout and retired Fernandez on a grounder to Jefferies that closed out the inning. With one out in the bottom half, Johnson hit a single and Brooks drew a walk. Against San Diego reliever Craig Lefferts, Carreon singled to drive home Johnson and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Pinch-runner Daryl Boston stole third and Cerone walked to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Tommy Herr hit a force play ground ball to Fernandez that plated Boston with the Mets’ third run. Lefferts then got Templeton on a force play grounder to Fernandez to bring the inning to an end.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Gwynn on a ground ball to second baseman Herr to start the top of the ninth. McGriff hit a single and Clark was called out on strikes. Franco then got Santiago to hit a force play ground ball to Elster for the game’s final out. The Mets had their tenth consecutive victory.