July 20, 1985: Five Homers Rout Braves

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Date: July 20, 1985
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 16
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry
Key play: Strawberry’s grand slam & 3-run homer

On a late Saturday afternoon, the Mets and Braves played in a nationally televised game at Shea Stadium. Five home runs by left-handed hitters propelled the Mets to a 16-4 rout of Atlanta. Darryl Strawberry led the charge with a grand slam and a three-run homer.

The Mets’ onslaught got started early. They loaded the bases on two walks and an error by Braves’ starting pitcher Steve Bedrosian in the first inning. Strawberry then delivered the Mets’ first hit by slamming the ball off the main scoreboard in right-center field for a grand slam home run. Two innings later, Howard Johnson hit a two-run homer to right field to make it a 6-0 New York lead. Bedrosian’s day was done after three innings pitched.

Dwight Gooden held the Braves to one hit over the first three innings. Atlanta’s Glenn Hubbard homered leading off the fourth, but Dwight got the next three hitters on ground balls to shortstop Rafael Santana. Gooden then retired the Braves in order in the next two innings to complete his day on the mound.

The Mets added five runs against reliever Len Barker with two out in the bottom of the fourth. Keith Hernandez singled home Len Dykstra and Strawberry hit a three-run homer. Danny Heep followed with a solo homer and Barker was taken out of the game. In the fifth and sixth, the Mets scored three more runs off Jeff Dedmon to make it a 14-1 lead.

The Mets got two more runs on Clint Hurdle’s solo home run in the seventh and Dykstra’s single to score Johnson in the eighth. Doug Sisk pitched the final three innings for the Mets, allowing three Atlanta runs. Sisk struck out Claudell Washington for the final out of the game.

Notes

  • With the five homers comprised of all four types, the Mets had put together their first home run cycle in team history.