July 25, 1983: Comeback in 9th Stuns Braves

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Date: July 25, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 5
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Hubie Brooks, Keith Hernandez, George Foster
Key play: Brooks' and Hernandez's RBI singles, Foster’s double

The Mets faced the Braves on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win over Atlanta.

Ed Lynch and the Braves’ Phil Niekro each pitched three-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Niekro got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Brett Butler was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Mookie Wilson. Rafael Ramirez hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Brian Giles and advanced to third base on a single by Claudell Washington. Dale Murphy singled to score Ramirez for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Bob Horner followed with a force play grounder to shortstop Bob Bailor to end the inning. Niekro then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Lynch hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Hubie Brooks hit a single to begin the bottom of the inning. Brooks was caught stealing second base on catcher Bruce Benedict’s throw to shortstop Ramirez. Keith Hernandez singled and George Foster drew a walk. Darryl Strawberry walked to load the bases and pinch-hitter Rusty Staub hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Hernandez with the tying run. Niekro then struck out pinch-hitter Danny Heep to finish off the inning.

Leading off the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Mike Jorgensen homered to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Butler flied out to left fielder Foster and a single by Ramirez ensued. Ramirez was caught stealing on catcher Junior Ortiz’s throw to second baseman Tucker Ashford. Washington hit a grounder to Ashford for the inning’s final out. Atlanta reliever Donnie Moore then gave up only a single to Ortiz in the bottom half.

Murphy reached on shortstop Jose Oquendo’s error to open the top of the eighth. Horner went down on strikes and Chris Chambliss hit a single to right field. Glenn Hubbard grounded out to third baseman Brooks and an intentional walk to Benedict loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Biff Pocoroba doubled to drive home Murphy and Chambliss, increasing the Braves’ lead to 4-1. Lynch was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk, who walked Butler intentionally to reload the bases. Sisk got Ramirez on a force play ground ball to Brooks that closed out the inning. Atlanta’s Terry Forster then yielded just a single to Strawberry in the bottom half.

Sisk set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Ortiz hit a one-out single against Forster in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Dave Kingman singled off Braves’ reliever Steve Bedrosian, who followed up with a strikeout of Wilson. Brooks hit a single to score Ortiz and send Kingman to third base. Hernandez singled to bring home Kingman and cut the Atlanta lead to 4-3. Foster then delivered a double that plated both Brooks and Hernandez with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.