June 12, 1982: Five Runs in 3rd Beat Cardinals

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Date: June 12, 1982
Mets starter: Craig Swan
Mets: 6
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Craig Swan
Key player(s): Craig Swan, Mike Jorgensen
Key play: Jorgensen's three-run homer

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The crowd of 43,675 watched the home team score five times in the third inning and never look back. The Mets came away with a 6-2 win over St. Louis.

Craig Swan held the Redbirds scoreless for the first three innings. In the bottom of the third, Swan got a one-out single off St. Louis starter Steve Mura. Craig went to second base on a single by Mookie Wilson before Bob Bailor hit into a force play. George Foster and Dave Kingman followed with run-scoring singles and Mike Jorgensen hit a three-run homer for a 5-0 Mets lead.

Ron Hodges homered off Mura for the Mets' sixth run in the fourth. The Cardinals got a run in the fifth when Lonnie Smith singled home Ozzie Smith. Swan then shut down the Cards on two hits in the sixth and seventh innings.

Neil Allen pitched a perfect top of the eighth inning with a fly ball and two strikeouts. St. Louis scored in the ninth on Dane Iorg's single that brought home Ken Oberkfell. Allen then retired the next two batters to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory over the National League East Division leaders.