June 12, 1985: Four Runs in 11th Stifle Phillies

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Date: June 12, 1985
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 7
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Gary Carter, Danny Heep, John Christensen
Key play: Carter’s RBI single, Heep’s homer & sacrifice fly, Christensen’s home run

The Mets played the Phillies on a Wednesday night in Philadelphia. After setting a team record for runs allowed in the previous game, the Mets looked to get back on the winning track. The team scored four times in the 11th inning for a 7-3 victory over the Phils.

Ron Darling and the Phillies’ Steve Carlton each pitched three scoreless innings to start the game. In the top of the fourth, Gary Carter led off with a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. George Foster followed with a single and advanced all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Glenn Wilson. Carlton retired Danny Heep and John Christensen on infield grounders as Foster remained at third. Rafael Santana then flied out to center fielder Von Hayes to end the inning.

Rick Schu drew a walk with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Juan Samuel fouled out to catcher Carter and a walk to Mike Schmidt followed. Wilson homered to put the Phils ahead, 3-1. Darling retired Hayes on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Kelvin Chapman. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Darling then shut down Philadelphia in the bottom half.

Carlton and Darling each allowed a walk in a scoreless sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Wally Backman got a leadoff single against Phillies’ reliever Larry Andersen. Ray Knight hit into a double play and Keith Hernandez singled. Andersen struck out Carter to finish off the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Garry Maddox singled and went to third on left fielder Foster’s error. Darling then fanned pinch-hitter Tim Corcoran for the third out.

Foster singled off Phils’ reliever Kent Tekulve to begin the top of the eighth inning. Heep followed with a two-run homer to tie the game. Christensen hit a double and advanced to third base on Santana’s ensuing single. Reliever Don Carman struck out pinch-hitter Rusty Staub. With Backman at bat, Christensen was out on an attempted steal of home. Carman walked Backman and got Knight to fly out to center fielder Maddox. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then pitched a perfect bottom of the inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth. Carman responded by retiring Christensen on a foul pop-up to first baseman Schmidt and getting Santana to fly out to left fielder Hayes (who had shifted from center in the seventh.) Orosco shut down the Phillies in the bottom half to send the game onward. Carman pitched a perfect top of the 10th. In the bottom of the inning, Mets’ reliever Rick Aguilera made his major league debut by setting down all three Philadelphia batters.

Hernandez tripled off the Phillies’ Dave Rucker to start the top of the 11th. Carter hit a single to score Hernandez and give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Foster singled to send Carter to third and a sacrifice fly by Heep brought home Gary. Christensen hit a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to four runs. Rucker then retired Santana and Aguilera on infield ground balls to close out the inning.

Samuel drew a walk to open the bottom of the 11th. Schmidt flied out to right fielder Christensen. Aguilera then got Wilson and Hayes for his first two major league strikeouts to end the game. One day following a humiliating experience, the Mets had an extra-inning win.