June 20, 1987: Mets Score in 9th to Beat Phils

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Date: June 20, 1987
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 3
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Dwight Gooden, Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson
Key play: Johnson’s home run, McReynolds’ homer and sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played in front of 49,043 fans on hand. The Mets scored a run in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Dwight Gooden and the Phils’ Bruce Ruffin each pitched two-hit scoreless ball from the first inning to the fourth. Gooden retired the side on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the fifth and Kevin McReynolds hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom half. Howard Johnson followed with a single, but was out on left fielder Von Hayes’ throw to second baseman Juan Samuel. Rafael Santana grounded out to third baseman Mike Schmidt to end the inning and Gooden yielded only a double to Milt Thompson in the top of the sixth. Ruffin then held the Mets to a triple by Keith Miller in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Glenn Wilson and Lance Parrish slugged back-to-back home runs for a 2-1 Phillies lead. Darren Daulton went down on strikes and Luis Aguayo flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry to end the inning. Ruffin hurled a scoreless bottom half and Gooden surrendered just a walk to Samuel in the top of the eighth. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Johnson homered to tie the game at 2-2. Santana was struck out and Gooden hit a single to right field. Mookie Wilson flied out to center fielder Thompson and a single by Miller ensued. Ruffin then got Keith Hernandez to ground out to Samuel and finish off the inning.

Gooden set down the side in order in the top of the ninth. Gary Carter singled against Philadelphia reliever Kent Tekulve to begin the bottom half. Strawberry reached on shortstop Steve Jeltz’s error that sent pinch-runner Lenny Dykstra to third base. McReynolds followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Dykstra with the winning run. The Mets had a victory over the Phils.