July 3, 1993: Burnitz and Murray Lead Mets Over Giants

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Date: July 3, 1993
Mets starter: Dave Telgheder
Mets: 6
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Dave Telgheder
Key player(s): Jeromy Burnitz, Eddie Murray
Key play: Burnitz’s three hits, Murray’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Giants on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. Jeromy Burnitz and Eddie Murray drove in all the Mets’ runs in a 6-3 win over San Francisco.

Dave Telgheder and the Giants’ Bill Swift each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. Barry Bonds hit a double to lead off the top of the fourth. Willie McGee singled and Royce Clayton followed with a three-run homer. Telgheder retired the next three batters on outfield fly balls and Murray hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Bobby Bonilla singled and Burnitz got a single that scored Murray. Jeff Kent went down on strikes and Todd Hundley was walked intentionally to load the bases. Tim Bogar then grounded back to Swift for the inning’s final out.

Telgheder and Swift each hurled a scoreless fifth. Kirt Manwaring reached on an error by shortstop Bogar with one out in the top of the sixth. Mike Benjamin hit a single and Swift followed with a force play bunt to Telgheder. Darren Lewis lined out to left fielder Vince Coleman to end the inning and Bonilla hit a double with one out in the bottom half. Burnitz followed with a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Kent was retired on a line drive to third baseman Benjamin. Hundley grounded to first baseman Will Clark for the inning’s third out. Telgheder then retired all three San Francisco batters in the top of the seventh.

Pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak hit a leadoff double against Swift in the bottom of the seventh inning. Telgheder went down on strikes and Coleman drew a walk. Howard Johnson reached on an error by Clark that loaded the bases. Murray singled to bring home Orsulak and Coleman for a 5-3 Mets lead. Giants’ reliever Jeff Brantley struck out Bonilla. Burnitz hit a single that plated Johnson for the Mets’ sixth run of the game. With Kent at bat, Burnitz was caught stealing on a throw by catcher Manwaring to second baseman Robby Thompson to finish off the inning.

Telgheder gave up just a single to Manwaring in the top of the eighth. San Francisco reliever Michael Jackson yielded only a double to Kevin Baez in the bottom half. For the Mets, reliever John Franco struck out Steve Scarsone to begin the top of the ninth inning. Lewis hit a single and Thompson popped out to first baseman Murray. Franco then retired Clark on a pop-up to third baseman Johnson to end the game. The Mets had a victory on the strength of key hits by Burnitz and Murray.