June 14, 1997: Clark Homers in Win Over Red Sox

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Date: June 14, 1997
Mets starter: Mark Clark
Mets: 5
Red Sox: 2
Winning pitcher: Mark Clark
Key player(s): Mark Clark, Carlos Baerga, Todd Hundley
Key play: Clark's home run, Hundley's & Baerga's singles in 5th

The Mets faced the Red Sox on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 35,456 was on hand for the second game of the Mets' first ever regular season interleague series. Mark Clark got his sixth win of the year and hit a home run as the Mets defeated Boston, 5-2.

After a scoreless first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second. Luis Lopez singled off Red Sox' starter Tim Wakefield to bring home Carlos Baerga with the first run of the game. Carl Everett singled to lead off the bottom of the third, but was thrown out trying to score on John Olerud's double. Clark then recorded his third consecutive perfect inning in the top of the fourth.

Wakefield retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Clark set down Boston in order once again in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom half, Mark homered for a 2-0 Met lead. Everett followed with a double and went to third on Bernard Gilkey's fly out. Olerud was walked intentionally and Hundley singled to bring home Everett. Wakefield was then replaced by Boston reliever John Wasdin.

Baerga greeted Wasdin with a single to score Olerud and extend the Mets' lead to four runs. Matt Franco then flied out to center fielder Darren Bragg for the final out of the inning.

The Red Sox scored a run without a hit in the top of the sixth. Two walks and second baseman Baerga's error loaded the bases with two outs. Clark walked Tim Naehring to force home Nomar Garciaparra for the first Boston run of the game. Mark then retired Troy O'Leary to end the inning.

Sox' reliever Mark Brandenberg pitched a perfect bottom of the sixth inning. Clark walked John Valentin to open the top of the seventh. Mark followed up by getting Bill Haselman to hit into a double play and retired Jeff Frye on a ground ball to shortstop Lopez. Brandenberg set down the Mets in order again in the bottom of the seventh.

Pinch-hitting for Brandenberg, Reggie Jefferson singled for the first Boston hit of the game in the top of the eighth inning. Garciaparra doubled to send Jefferson to third base and Clark was replaced by Greg McMichael. Bragg hit a sacrifice fly to score Jefferson and a single by Mo Vaughn advanced Garciaparra to third. McMichael then got Naehring to hit into a double play for the final outs of the inning.

Facing Sox' reliever Joe Hudson, Hundley walked and Baerga singled to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Hudson threw a wild pitch that allowed Hundley to score the Mets' fifth run. Heathcliff Slocumb then came in to pitch for Boston and recorded outs on the next three batters.

John Franco set down the Red Sox in order in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets had their first ever interleague win. Clark led the way with seven no-hit innings and his only major league home run.