June 21, 1977: Henderson's Homer Beats Braves in 11th
|Date: June 21, 1977|
|Mets starter: Jon Matlack|
|Winning pitcher: Rick Baldwin|
|Key player(s): Steve Henderson, Ed Kranepool|
|Key play: Kranepool's homer in 9th, Henderson's homer in 11th|
The Mets played the Braves on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The game went into extra innings as Ed Kranepool homered in the ninth to tie it up. The Mets came out with a 5-2 win over Atlanta on Steve Henderson's three-run homer in the bottom of the eleventh.
The Braves scored two runs against Mets' starter Jon Matlack in the top of the first inning. Junior Moore drew a one-out walk and Willie Montanez followed with a home run. The Mets got a run in the bottom half when Bud Harrelson came home on a wild pitch by Atlanta starter Andy Messersmith. From the second inning to the eighth, Matlack and Messersmith pitched scoreless ball while allowing a combined total of seven additional hits.
Mets' reliever Skip Lockwood pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning. Kranepool led off the bottom half with a home run off Messersmith to tie the game at 2-2. Lockwood then retired the Braves in order again in the tenth and the Mets failed to score against Atlanta's Don Collins in the bottom of the inning, despite loading the bases.
Rick Baldwin set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the top of the eleventh inning. With one out in the bottom half, John Stearns doubled off Collins and Felix Millan was walked intentionally. Henderson followed with a home run to end the game. The homer was the first for Steve in his major league career and it was a game-winner for the Mets.