June 2, 1989: Magadan Homers in 11th

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Date: June 2, 1989
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Rick Aguilera
Key player(s): Dave Magadan
Key play: Magadan's home run in 11th

The Mets and Pirates faced each other on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series before 42,578 fans. A two-run homer by Dave Magadan in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Mets a 3-2 win.

Mets' starter Dwight Gooden retired the first two Pittsburgh batters in the top of the first inning. Andy Van Slyke followed with a single and stole second base. Bobby Bonilla drew a walk and R. J. Reynolds singled to bring home Van Slyke for a 1-0 Pirates lead. Gooden struck out Benny DiStefano to end the inning and the Mets failed to score against Bucs' starter John Smiley in the bottom half.

Gooden faced the minimum nine batters from the second inning to the fourth. Smiley set down the Mets in order in the second and got through a scoreless third despite Gooden's single and Keith Miller's double. In the bottom of the fourth, Kevin McReynolds led off with a single and stole second base with one out. Smiley walked Tim Teufel and yielded a single to Barry Lyons that scored McReynolds to tie the game. Kevin Elster reached on third baseman Bonilla's error to load the bases before Smiley got Gooden to hit into an inning-ending double play.

From the fifth inning to the eighth, Gooden and Smiley each allowed three hits while pitching shutout ball. Dwight gave up a single and double to Junior Ortiz and a single to Jose Lind while striking out three Pirate batters. Meanwhile, the Mets got a fifth-inning single from Mookie Wilson and a single and double by Teufel and Lyons, respectively, in the sixth. Smiley then held the Mets without a run or hit through the end of the eighth inning.

Mets' reliever Randy Myers walked John Cangelosi with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Gary Redus followed with a double to left field. After reaching third base on the hit, Cangelosi was tagged out in a rundown by third baseman Howard Johnson. Myers walked Barry Bonds and got Lind to fly out to right fielder Mark Carreon. The Mets were then retired in order by Pittsburgh's Jeff Robinson in the bottom of the inning.

Myers and Robinson each recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the 10th. For the Pirates in the 11th, Jeff King (in his first major league at bat) led off with a double against reliever Rick Aguilera. King moved to third base on Rey Quinones's sacrifice bunt and scored on Glenn Wilson's pinch-hit single. Aguilera then completed the inning with no further scoring.

With the Mets trailing by a run, Mackey Sasser singled off Pittsburgh reliever Randy Kramer to begin the bottom of the 11th inning. Elster's sacrifice bunt advanced Sasser to second and Magadan came up to bat. Dave clouted a home run to bring the game to an end. The Mets had an exciting victory to start the weekend series.