July 27, 1993: Kent's Two Homers Lift Mets Over Marlins

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Date: July 27, 1993
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Jeff Kent
Key play: Kent’s two home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Jeff Kent hit a pair of home runs in leading the Mets to a 4-3 win over Florida.

Chuck Carr led off the top of the first inning with a single to center field. An errant pickoff throw by Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden advanced Carr to third base. Bret Barberie drew a walk and Jeff Conine flied out to center fielder Ryan Thompson. A sacrifice fly by Gary Sheffield scored Carr with the first run of the game. Gooden struck out Orestes Destrade to end the inning. Marlins’ starter Pat Rapp then shut down the Mets in the bottom half.

Gooden and Rapp each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. In the top of the fourth, Conine got a leadoff single and Sheffield lined out to left fielder Joe Orsulak. Destrade hit a two-run homer to extend the Florida lead to 3-0. Gooden set down Benito Santiago on a liner to right fielder Jeromy Burnitz and recorded an inning-ending strikeout of Darrell Whitmore. Eddie Murray walked and Bobby Bonilla singled to open the bottom half. Burnitz hit a force play grounder to first baseman Destrade. Kent followed with a three-run homer to tie the game. Rapp then got Todd Hundley on a fly ball to left fielder Conine and finished off the inning by striking out Tim Bogar.

Neither team scored in the fifth and sixth innings. Walt Weiss walked to begin the top of the seventh. Gooden struck out Rapp and a stolen base by Weiss ensued. Carr went down on strikes and Barberie lined out to second baseman Kent to end the inning. Jeff started the bottom half with his second homer of the game to put the Mets ahead by a run. Hundley drew a walk and moved to second on Bogar’s sacrifice bunt. Rapp then retired the next two batters to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jeff Innis set down the first two Florida hitters in the top of the eighth. John Franco came in to pitch for New York and walked Destrade. Pinch-runner Henry Cotto stole second and Franco got Santiago on a grounder to third baseman Bonilla for the final out of the inning. The Mets put runners at second and third with two outs against Rapp in the bottom half. Marlins’ reliever Richie Lewis walked Kent to load the bases. Hundley was then retired on a ground ball back to Lewis to end the inning.

Pinch-hitter Alex Arias grounded out to Kent to begin the top of the ninth. Weiss got an infield single and Franco struck out pinch-hitter Rich Renteria. John then fanned Carr to end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of Kent’s two homers.