July 29, 1995: Chris Jones' Homer Beats Pirates

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Date: July 29, 1995
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 2
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: John Franco
Key player(s): Chris Jones, Bret Saberhagen
Key play: Jones' homer in 9th

The Mets and Pirates had a game on a warm Saturday night at Shea Stadium. It was a scoreless battle as Bret Saberhagen and Pittsburgh's Denny Neagle engaged in a pitcher's duel. Finally, the Mets came out with a 2-1 win on a home run by Chris Jones in the ninth inning.

Saberhagen pitched eight solid innings for the Mets, allowing only three hits while recording seven strikeouts. The Pirates never had more than one batter reach base in an inning with Bret on the mound. Meanwhile, Neagle gave up eight hits to the Mets in his seven innings, but no runs. The Mets did have runners on second and third base with one out in the third, but Neagle escaped the jam. No other valid scoring threats occurred for New York.

Jason Christianson relieved Neagle in the bottom of the eighth for Pittsburgh. Christianson issued a leadoff walk to Brett Butler, who advanced to second on a ground out. Carl Everett then singled to left field, scoring Butler to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied it with two out in the top of the ninth when Steve Pegues singled and Nelson Liriano doubled off John Franco.

Jones led off the bottom of the ninth against Pirates' lefthander Ross Powell. Pinch-hitting for Rico Brogna, Jones hit one over the left-center field wall for a game-winning home run. The Mets had a dramatic victory that made the home crowd happy.