June 1, 1996: Two-Run 6th Beats Dodgers

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Date: June 1, 1996
Mets starter: Pete Harnisch
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Pete Harnisch
Key player(s): Roberto Petagine, Chris Jones
Key play: Petagine’s RBI single, Jones’ double

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a weekend series. The Mets scored twice in the sixth inning for a 4-3 win over Los Angeles.

Todd Hollandsworth drew a walk against Mets’ starter Pete Harnisch with one out in the top of the first. Ensuing walks to Mike Piazza and Eric Karros loaded the bases. Raul Mondesi doubled to drive home Hollandsworth and Piazza for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. Delino DeShields grounded out to first baseman Roberto Petagine. Harnisch retired Mike Blowers on a grounder to Petagine for the third out. Los Angeles’s Tom Candiotti then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Following a scoreless second inning, Harnisch gave up just a single to Piazza in the top of the third. Rey Ordonez drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Ordonez moved to second base on Harnisch’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Lance Johnson’s single to left field. On his own hit, Johnson advanced to second via a throw to the plate. Jose Vizcaino singled to score Johnson and tie the game at 2-2. Candiotti then got Bernard Gilkey to fly out to right fielder Mondesi and end the inning.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Blowers homered to put the Dodgers back in front by a run. Juan Castro flied out to left fielder Gilkey and a fly ball by Candiotti was caught by center fielder Johnson for the inning’s final out. Petagine and Chris Jones got back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom half. Brent Mayne followed with a grounder to second baseman DeShields for an inning-ending double play. Harnisch hurled a scoreless top of the fifth. Candiotti then set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Harnisch pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Vizcaino got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning. Gilkey was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Roger Cedeno. Jeff Kent grounded out to DeShields to advance Vizcaino to second base. Petagine hit a single that scored Vizcaino with the tying run and moved to second base on a throw. Jones doubled to plate Petagine and give the Mets a one-run lead. Mayne was given an intentional walk. Candiotti then got Ordonez on a fly ball to Cedeno to close out the inning.

Harnisch set down all three Los Angeles batters in the top of the seventh. Dodgers’ reliever Chan Ho Park hurled a scoreless bottom half and Hollandsworth drew a walk against New York’s Doug Henry to begin the top of the eighth. Piazza singled and Karros hit a ground ball to shortstop Ordonez for a double play. Mondesi grounded back to Henry for the third out of the inning. Park then retired the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever John Franco got DeShields on a fly ball to Gilkey to open the top of the ninth. Blowers grounded out to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Franco then retired pinch-hitter Mike Busch on a grounder to Ordonez to end the game. The Mets had a Saturday victory.