July 26, 1994: Brogna Homers in 11th

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Date: July 26, 1994
Mets starter: Juan Castillo
Mets: 10
Cardinals: 9
Winning pitcher: Mike Maddux
Key player(s): Rico Brogna
Key play: Brogna's home run in 11th

The Mets and Cardinals dueled in a slugfest on a Tuesday night in St. Louis. The teams combined for 31 hits off 14 different pitchers. The Mets emerged with a 10-9 win on the strength of Rico Brogna's home run in the 11th inning.

Making his major league debut, Mets' starter Juan Castillo gave up a first inning run when Ray Lankford doubled to score Bernard Gilkey. The Mets responded in the second on Ryan Thompson's two-run homer and scored twice in the third on RBI singles by Bobby Bonilla and Jeromy Burnitz. The Cards got a run in the bottom of the third when Gilkey scored on Gerald Perry's single to cut the Met lead to 4-2.

Todd Hundley homered off St. Louis starter Vicente Palacios in the top of the fifth. Later in the inning, Jeff Kent doubled home Burnitz for another Met run. Palacios was replaced by reliever John Habyan, who retired Brogna for the final out. However, Castillo was tagged with a three-run homer by the Cards' Todd Zeile in the bottom of the inning to make it a 6-5 game.

For St. Louis, Rob Murphy came in to pitch the top of the seventh inning. The Mets loaded the bases with two out against Murphy as Brogna came to bat. Rico hit a single to left field, scoring Bonilla and Burnitz to extend the Met lead to three runs. The Cardinals scored then scored in the bottom half on Gregg Jefferies' single off reliever Mike Remlinger that brought home Gilkey.

In the bottom of the eighth, Josias Manzanillo came in to pitch for the Mets. Manzanillo was greeted with a leadoff triple by Geronimo Pena and was replaced by Mauro Gozzo. Pena scored on Tom Pagnozzi's sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Luis Alicea followed with a home run to tie the game, 8-8. Relievers Eric Gunderson and Mike Maddux then held down the Cards as the game went into extra innings.

In the 11th, Kent hit a one-out double off Cardinals' reliever Gary Buckels. Brogna stepped up to the plate and drilled a two-run homer to give the Mets a 10-8 lead. St. Louis scored a run in the bottom half on three straight two-out singles off John Franco. With the tying and winning runs on base, Franco struck out Pagnozzi to end the game. The Mets had a hard-fought victory after a 4-hour and 6-minute offensive battle.