June 13, 1995: Middle-Inning Magic Beats Marlins
|Date: June 13, 1995|
|Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen|
|Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen|
|Key player(s): Jeff Kent, Brett Butler, Jose Vizcaino, Rico Brogna|
|Key play: Kent’s and Brogna’s home runs, Butler’s and Vizcaino’s RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets erupted for six runs and nine hits in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for a 7-3 win over Florida.
Mets’ starter Bret Saberhagen pitched a scoreless top of the first. The Marlins’ John Burkett gave up only a single to Rico Brogna in the bottom half and Andre Dawson tripled with one out in the top of the second. Kurt Abbott grounded out to shortstop Jose Vizcaino to drive home Dawson for a 1-0 Florida lead. Charles Johnson was hit by a pitch and Saberhagen struck out Burkett to end the inning. Jeff Kent got a one-out single in the bottom half. Todd Hundley lined out to right fielder Dawson and a double by Ryan Thompson brought home Kent with the tying run. Saberhagen drew a walk and Burkett retired Brett Butler on a ground ball to second baseman Quilvio Veras for the inning’s third out.
Veras hit a double to lead off the top of the third. Chuck Carr grounded out to second baseman Kent and a called third strike was thrown past Jeff Conine. Terry Pendleton singled to score Veras and put the Fish ahead, 2-1. Saberhagen retired Greg Colbrunn on an inning-ending line drive to left fielder Chris Jones. Burkett then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Saberhagen hurled a perfect top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Kent hit a home run to tie the game at 2-2. Hundley and Thompson followed with back-to-back singles and Saberhagen’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Butler singled to drive home Hundley and a single by Vizcaino scored Thompson for a 4-2 Mets lead. Burkett then got Brogna to fly out to center fielder Carr and finish off the inning.
Saberhagen yielded just a single to Burkett in the top of the fifth. Bobby Bonilla singled to open the bottom half. Jones hit a force play grounder to shortstop Abbott and came home on a triple by Kent, increasing the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Hundley grounded out to Abbott and an intentional walk to Thompson ensued. Burkett then struck out Saberhagen to end the inning.
Saberhagen held the Marlins to a single by Colbrunn in the top of the sixth. Vizcaino singled against Burkett with one out in the bottom half. Brogna connected for a two-run homer that extended the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Florida reliever David Weathers struck out Bonilla and Jones to close out the inning and the Fish had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the seventh. Saberhagen fanned Pendleton for the final out of the inning. The Marlins’ Terry Mathews then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.
Dawson hit a single with one out in the top of the eighth. Abbott doubled and pinch-hitter Tommy Gregg hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Dawson with the third Florida run of the game. Saberhagen threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Alex Arias to end the inning and Marlins’ reliever Jeremy Hernandez gave up just a single to Vizcaino in the bottom half. The Mets’ Blas Minor retired Veras on a ground ball to Vizcaino to begin the top of the ninth. Carr popped out to third baseman Bonilla. Minor then got Conine to fly out to right fielder Thompson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the series.