July 24, 1982: Mets Win with Two Runs in 9th

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Date: July 24, 1982
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 4
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): Ellis Valentine, Rusty Staub, Bob Bailor
Key play: Valentine's homer, Staub's double, Bailor's single

The Mets and Padres played on a Saturday night in San Diego. In the game, the Mets hammered out six extra base hits. They came away with a 4-3 win after scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning.

The Padres got a run in the first against Mets' starter Craig Swan. Tony Gwynn doubled with one out and went to third base on a single by Garry Templeton. After catcher John Stearns threw out Templeton trying to steal, Ruppert Jones singled to bring home Gwynn. Swan then retired the side in order in the second and third innings.

In the top of the fourth, George Foster tripled off San Diego starter Chris Welch. Dave Kingman struck out and Ellis Valentine homered to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Swan made the lead stand up by holding the Padres scoreless from the bottom of the fourth to the end of the seventh.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jones got a two-out single and stole second base. Sixto Lezcano drew a walk and Jesse Orosco came in to relieve Swan. Terry Kennedy singled off Orosco to score Jones with the tying run for San Diego. Luis Salazar then singled off Neil Allen to score Lezcano for a 3-2 Padres lead.

Stearns led off the top of the ninth with a double off Welch. Hubie Brooks followed with a single off San Diego reliever Luis DeLeon to send Stearns to third base. Rusty Staub then delivered a pinch-hit double to score Stearns and tie the game. The Mets took a one-run lead when Bob Bailor singled off Gary Lucas to bring home Brooks.

The Padres had a runner on third with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Pete Falcone struck out Templeton to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory.