July 25, 1990: Mets Hold Off Phils' Comeback

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Date: July 25, 1990
Mets starter: Sid Fernandez
Mets: 10
Phillies: 9
Winning pitcher: Sid Fernandez
Key player(s): Dave Magadan, Mackey Sasser, John Franco
Key play: Magadan's homer, Sasser's single, Herr's line drive to Diaz

The Mets and Phillies played the finale of a three-game series at Veterans Stadium. Trailing by six runs in the ninth, the Phils got seven consecutive singles in a vorocious comeback attempt. The Mets barely hung on for a 10-9 win.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Howard Johnson led off with a triple and Dave Magadan followed with a home run off Phillies' starter Jeff Parrett. They added two more runs off Parrett in the fifth on Kevin McReynolds' triple that scored Johnson and Darryl Strawberry. Meanwhile, Sid Fernandez had kept the Phils shut out in allowing only two hits.

In the sixth, the Mets scored five times against reliever Don Carman. Magadan singled with two out to bring Daryl Boston across the plate. Gregg Jefferies followed with a triple to score Johnson and Magadan. Strawberry then hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets' lead to 9-0.

The Phillies scored twice off Fernandez in the seventh inning. They also got a run off Wally Whitehurst when Tom Nieto singled home Charlie Hayes in the eighth. The Mets tacked on another run in the ninth on Mackey Sasser's single to score McReynolds.

Tommy Herr led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Whitehurst. Wally then allowed another four singles as two runs scored and the bases were loaded. Julio Machado then gave up singles to Dickie Thon and Nieto to score three more runs for the Phils. The lead was trimmed to 10-8 as John Franco was brought in to relieve Machado with the tying runs on base and none out.

Franco walked pinch-hitter John Kruk to reload the bases for the Phillies. He then got Len Dykstra to hit into a double play on which Thon scored. With Nieto at third, Herr hit a line drive that was caught by shortstop Mario Diaz. The Mets had held on for the win as the Phils' rally fell just short.

Notes

  • Immediately following the final out, Mets' radio announcer Bob Murphy made a stunning comment on the air. In apparent disgust, Murphy said to the listening audience "They win the damn thing!" to describe the outcome.