July 19, 1995: Bonilla Homers in 10th

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Date: July 19, 1995
Mets starter: Bill Pulsipher
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Jerry DiPoto
Key player(s): Chris Jones, Bobby Bonilla
Key play: Jones’ and Bonilla’s home runs

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday night in St. Louis. The teams played the opener of a two-game series. Bobby Bonilla hit a home run in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 5-4 win over the Redbirds.

Brett Butler tripled against Cards’ starter Mark Petkovsek to lead off the top of the first inning. Edgardo Alfonzo singled to drive home Butler and a single by Rico Brogna followed. Bonilla hit a ground ball to shortstop Jose Oquendo for a double play and Joe Orsulak drew a walk. Todd Hundley singled to score Alfonzo for a 2-0 Mets lead. Petkovsek got Chris Jones on a force play grounder to Oquendo for the third out. For New York, Bill Pulsipher pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless second and third innings, Petkovsek shut down the Mets in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Bernard Gilkey walked and advanced to third base on a double by Darnell Coles. John Mabry grounded out to second baseman Alfonzo to drive home Gilkey with the Cardinals’ first run of the game. Pulsipher then retired Danny Sheaffer on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Vizcaino that ended the inning.

Butler hit his second triple to open the top of the fifth. Alfonzo was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ray Lankford. Trying to score after the catch, Butler was out at home on Lankford’s throw to catcher Sheaffer. Brogna flied out to left fielder Gilkey to finish off the inning and Geronimo Pena hit a one-out triple in the bottom half. Oquendo grounded out to third baseman Bonilla and a walk to Brian Jordan ensued. Lankford slugged a three-run homer to give the Cards a 4-2 lead. Pulsipher then struck out Gilkey to end the inning.

Petkovsek and Pulsipher each hurled a scoreless sixth. Butler and Alfonzo got back-to-back singles against St. Louis reliever Rene Arocha with two outs in the top of the seventh. Brogna singled to score Butler with the Mets’ third run. Arocha fanned Bonilla to close out the inning and Mets’ reliever Doug Henry pitched a scoreless bottom half. With two outs in the top of the eight, Jones homered to tie the game at 4-4. Arocha retired Vizcaino on an inning-ending fly ball to Gilkey. Henry then set down the Redbirds 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Cardinals’ reliever Tom Henke pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning. For the Mets, reliever Jerry DiPoto retired the side in order in the bottom half. St. Louis’s Rich DeLucia threw a called third strike past Brogna to begin the top of the 10th. Bonilla came to bat and homered to put the Mets ahead by a run. Joe Orsulak lined out to right fielder Jordan. DeLucia then got Hundley on a fly ball to Gilkey for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever John Franco retired Oquendo on a fly ball to center fielder Butler to open the bottom of the 10th. Jordan went down on strikes and Lankford singled to center field. Franco then struck out Gilkey to end the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.