June 14, 1983: Staub's Single in 10th Beats Cubs

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Date: June 14, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 4
Cubs: 3
Winning pitcher: Doug Sisk
Key player(s): Dave Kingman, Danny Heep, Rusty Staub
Key play: Kingman’s and Heep’s home runs, Staub’s single

The Mets faced the Cubs on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Rusty Staub hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 4-3 win over Chicago.

Ed Lynch and the Cubs’ Dick Ruthven each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Lynch hurled a perfect top of the third and Brian Giles reached on shortstop Larry Bowa’s error to begin the bottom half. Jose Oquendo followed with a single to center field. On Lynch’s ensuing bunt, Giles was out via a throw by Ruthven to third baseman Ron Cey. Mookie Wilson flied out to left fielder Jay Johnstone and a single by Hubie Brooks brought home Oquendo for a 1-0 Mets lead. Darryl Strawberry drew a walk to load the bases. Ruthven then retired George Foster on a fly ball to center fielder Mel Hall to end the inning.

Lynch shut down the Cubs in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Dave Kingman homered to increase the Mets’ lead to two runs. Ron Hodges and Giles were retired on consecutive infield ground balls and Oquendo drew a walk. With Lynch at bat, Oquendo was caught by catcher Jody Davis’s pickoff throw and tagged by Bowa for the inning’s third out. Singles by Keith Moreland and Bowa opened the top of the fourth. Davis followed with a double to drive home Moreland and Bowa, tying the game at 2-2. Ruthven hit a grounder on which Lynch threw to third baseman Hubie Brooks for an out on Davis. Ed got Hall and Ryne Sandberg on force play ground balls to end the inning. Ruthven then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, Lynch gave up only a single to Hall in the top of the eighth. To begin the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter Danny Heep hit a home run against Ruthven for a 3-2 Mets lead. Wilson grounded out to first baseman Bill Buckner and a single by Brooks followed. Chicago reliever Bill Campbell retired Strawberry on a fly ball to Hall. Foster hit a single to left field. Campbell then struck out Kingman to finish off the inning.

Cey doubled against Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk to lead off the top of the ninth. Johnston hit a single to drive home Cey with the tying run and advanced to second base via a throw to the plate. Moreland went down on strikes and Johnstone moved to third on Bowa’s ground out to first baseman Mike Jorgensen. Sisk retired Davis on an inning-ending ground ball to Brooks. Campbell then hurled a perfect bottom half to send the game onward.

Pinch-hitter Scot Thompson reached on second baseman Giles’ error to open the top of the 10th. Hall was hit by a pitch and Sandberg followed with a double play grounder to shortstop Oquendo. Buckner was walked intentionally and Sisk fanned Cey to close out the inning. Pinch-hitter Bob Bailor singled against Cubs’ reliever Lee Smith to begin the bottom half. Wilson’s sacrifice bunt sent Bailor to second base and Brooks lined out to right fielder Moreland. Strawberry was given an intentional walk and Staub came to bat as a pinch-hitter for Mark Bradley. Rusty delivered a single that drove home Bailor and ended the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.