July 7, 1985: Mets Complete DH Sweep of Braves

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Date: July 7, 1985
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 8
Braves: 5
Winning pitcher: Ron Darling
Key player(s): Ray Knight, Gary Carter
Key play: Knight’s double, Carter’s single

The Mets and Braves faced each other in a Sunday doubleheader in Atlanta. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. A six-run sixth inning propelled the Mets to an 8-5 win.

Ron Darling and the Braves’ Steve Bedrosian each began the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Bedrosian shut down the Mets once again in the top of the third and Milt Thompson tripled with one out the bottom half. Paul Zuvella popped out to second baseman Wally Backman and a double by Dale Murphy scored Thompson for a 1-0 Atlanta lead. Terry Harper went down on strikes to end the inning and Danny Heep drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Ray Knight singled and Howard Johnson fouled out to third baseman Ken Oberkfell. Darling followed with a single on which right fielder Thompson threw to catcher Bruce Benedict for an inning-ending out at home on Heep. Ron then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Bedrosian set down the Mets in order in the top of the fifth. Zuvella singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Murphy drew a walk and Harper singled to drive home Zuvella with the Braves’ second run of the game. Darling then got Oberkfell to hit a ground ball to shortstop Johnson for a double play that closed out the inning.

Darryl Strawberry drew a one-out walk in the top of the sixth. Jeff Dedmon came in to pitch for Atlanta and (after Strawberry stole second base) issued a walk to Heep. An ensuing double by Knight drove home Strawberry and Heep to tie the game at 2-2. Johnson went down on strikes and Darling reached on shortstop Zuvella’s error to score Knight with the go-ahead run. Ron stole second and a walk to Lenny Dykstra ensued. Backman singled to load the bases and Braves’ reliever Terry Forster walked Keith Hernandez to force home Darling. Gary Carter singled to plate Dykstra and Backman, extending the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Forster then fanned Strawberry for the final out of the inning.

Chris Chambliss hit a home run to begin the bottom of the sixth. Glenn Hubbard reached on Johnson’s error and a single by Benedict followed. Pinch-hitter Gerald Perry drew a walk to load the bases and Thompson singled against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk to bring home Hubbard. Sisk retired both Zuvella and Murphy on consecutive fly balls to right fielder Strawberry. Doug then got Harper to fly out to center fielder Dykstra and finish off the inning.

Atlanta’s Steve Shields hurled a perfect top of the seventh. The Braves failed to score after loading the bases against Sisk in the bottom half. Backman hit a double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Hernandez doubled to score Backman and went to third base on a wild pitch as Carter drew a walk. Strawberry hit a single to drive home Hernandez and increase the Mets’ lead to 8-4. On Darryl’s hit, Carter was out at third via a throw from Thompson to Oberkfell to end the inning. Braves’ reliever Gene Garber then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Chambliss doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Hubbard flied out to Strawberry and a double by Benedict plated Chambliss with the fifth Atlanta run. Sisk struck out Brad Komminsk and yielded a single to Thompson. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then retired Zuvella on a fly ball to Strawberry for the final out of the game. The Mets had a sweep of the doubleheader.

Notes

  • Darling's stolen base was the only one of his 13-season major league career.
  • Knight suffered a leg injury while hitting a single in the top of the ninth. He did not play in any of the next eight games.