June 14, 1993: Mets Beat Braves to End Skid

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Date: June 14, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 7
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Frank Tanana
Key player(s): Doug Saunders, Bobby Bonilla, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Bonilla’s and Orsulak’s doubles in 5th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Monday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 win.

In the top of the first inning, Doug Saunders got a one-out single against Braves’ starter Pete Smith. Saunders advanced to second base on Eddie Murray’s ensuing ground out to Smith. Bobby Bonilla hit a single to drive home Saunders with the first run of the game. Joe Orsulak flied out to center fielder Deion Sanders to end the inning and Mets’ starter Frank Tanana pitched a perfect bottom half. Smith held the Mets to a double by Tim Bogar in a scoreless top of the second and Ron Gant singled to open the bottom of the inning. David Justice popped out to second baseman Saunders and a line drive by Brian Hunter was caught by left fielder Vince Coleman. Gant stole second and Damon Berryhill drew a walk. Tanana then retired Mark Lemke on a ground ball to shortstop Bogar for the inning’s final out.

Coleman tripled to lead off the top of the third. Saunders popped out to second baseman Lemke and a sacrifice fly by Murray brought home Coleman. Bonilla drew a walk and Orsulak was retired on an inning-ending grounder to first baseman Hunter. With two outs in the bottom half, Jeff Blauser and Terry Pendleton got back-to-back singles. Gant hit a grounder to third baseman Jeff Kent for the third out and Smith yielded only a single to Bogar in the top of the fourth. Tanana then shut down the Braves in the bottom of the inning.

Saunders singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Murray popped out to third baseman Pendleton and a double by Bonilla drove home Saunders. Orsulak followed with a double that scored Bonilla and increased the Mets’ lead to 4-0. For Atlanta, Steve Bedrosian came in to pitch and gave up an infield single to Kent on which Orsulak stayed at second base. Bedrosian got Todd Hundley to hit a force play ground ball to Hunter and struck out Bogar to finish off the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Blauser drew a walk and Pendleton hit a single. Gant singled to score Blauser with the Braves’ first run. Tanana then retired Justice on a fly ball to right fielder Bonilla to close out the inning.

Tanana and Coleman opened the top of the sixth with consecutive singles against Braves’ reliever Kent Mercker. On an ensuing bunt by Saunders, Mercker made an error that allowed Tanana and Coleman to score with Doug advancing to second base. Murray grounded out to Pendleton and an intentional walk to Bonilla followed. Orsulak popped out to Pendleton and a single by Kent plated Saunders for a 7-1 Mets lead. Mercker got Hundley to ground out to shortstop Blauser and end the inning. Tanana then set down all three Atlanta hitters in the bottom half.

Braves’ reliever Jay Howell retired the side in order in the top of the seventh. Tanana hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Atlanta’s Mark Wohlers pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Justice singled against Mets’ reliever Dave Telgheder to begin the bottom half. Hunter flied out to Bonilla and a two-run homer by Berryhill ensued. Lemke grounded out to first baseman Jeff McKnight and pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Dave Gallagher to close out the inning. Atlanta’s Greg McMichael then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Sanders flied out to left fielder Orsulak to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Blauser flied out to Bonilla and a home run by Pendleton followed. Telgheder then struck out Gant to end the game. The Mets had a victory to stop their six-game skid.