June 13, 1988: Mazzilli Singles in 12th for Win Over Cards

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Date: June 13, 1988
Mets starter: David Cone
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Randy Myers
Key player(s): David Cone, Darryl Strawberry, Lee Mazzilli
Key play: Strawberry’s home run, Mazzilli’s single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. The teams went into extra innings in the opener of a three-game series. In the 12th, Lee Mazzilli hit a run-scoring single to give the Mets a 2-1 win over St. Louis.

David Cone and the Cards’ Larry McWilliams each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Ozzie Smith doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Willie McGee singled to advance Smith to third base and Tom Brunansky went down on strikes. Bob Horner followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Smith for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. Cone retired Jose Oquendo on a ground ball to first baseman Dave Magadan for the inning’s final out. With two outs in the bottom half, Darryl Strawberry homered to tie the game. McWilliams then got Kevin McReynolds to fly out to left fielder Vince Coleman and finish off the inning.

From the fifth inning to the ninth, Cone and McWilliams gave up a combined total of three hits in pitching scoreless ball. David set down the side in order in the top of the 10th. McReynolds drew a walk against Redbirds’ reliever Todd Worrell to begin the bottom of the inning. Gary Carter’s sacrifice bunt moved McReynolds to second base and Howard Johnson was walked intentionally. Ken Dayley came in to pitch for the Cardinals and got pinch-hitter Lenny Dykstra to hit a force play grounder to first baseman Oquendo. Dayley then got pinch-hitter Mazzilli on a pop-up to third baseman Tom Lawless to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Randy Myers pitched a perfect top of the 11th. Tim Teufel hit a one-out single in the bottom half. Magadan singled to advance pinch-runner Keith Miller to third base and an intentional walk to Strawberry loaded the bases. McReynolds hit a ground ball on which Lawless threw to catcher Tony Pena for an out at home on Miller. Dayley then retired Carter on a line drive to right fielder Brunansky to close out the inning.

Myers set down all three St. Louis batters in the top of the 12th. Dayley hit Johnson with a pitch to open the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Wally Backman got an infield single and Mazzilli came up to bat. Lee delivered a single to left field that scored Johnson and ended the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.