June 22, 1990: Four-Run 2nd Buries Phils

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Date: June 22, 1990
Mets starter: Frank Viola
Mets: 5
Phillies: 1
Winning pitcher: Frank Viola
Key player(s): Frank Viola, Dave Magadan
Key play: Magadan's single, Howell's error

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored four runs in the second inning and defeated Philadelphia, 5-1.

Lenny Dykstra singled against Mets' starter Frank Viola to lead off the top of the first. Tommy Herr flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry and a pop-up by Von Hayes was caught by shortstop Kevin Elster. Carmelo Martinez hit a single to advance Dykstra to third base. John Kruk singled to score Dykstra for a 1-0 Phils lead. Viola then struck out Charlie Hayes to end the inning.

Dave Magadan drew a one-out walk against the Phillies' Ken Howell in the bottom of the first. Gregg Jefferies singled and Strawberry hit a single to drive home Magadan with the tying run. Howell got Kevin McReynolds on a ground ball to third baseman Charlie Hayes for an inning-ending double play. Viola then yielded just a single to Darren Daulton in the top of the second.

Daryl Boston singled to open the bottom of the second inning. Mackey Sasser lined out to left fielder Kruk and a fly ball by Elster was caught by right fielder Von Hayes. Viola followed with a single on which Howell made an error that allowed Boston to score and put the Mets ahead by a run. Howard Johnson doubled and came home with Viola on a single by Magadan for a 4-1 New York lead. Jefferies singled and Howell was replaced on the mound by Phillies' reliever Dennis Cook. With Strawberry at bat, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Strawberry walked to load the bases and a walk to McReynolds forced home Magadan. Cook then got Boston on a fly ball to center fielder Dykstra for the inning's final out.

Viola pitched a perfect top of the third. Cook set down the side in order in the bottom half and consecutive singles by Kruk and Charlie Hayes began the top of the fourth. Dickie Thon flied out to Strawberry and a called third strike was thrown past Daulton. Pinch-hitter Jim Vatcher singled to load the bases and Dykstra was retired on an inning-ending line drive to Strawberry. Phils' reliever Don Carman gave up just a single to Jefferies in the bottom half and Viola yielded only a single to Martinez in the top of the fifth. Carman then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Viola retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. Carman hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Viola limited the Phillies to a single by Dykstra in the top of the seventh. Philadelphia reliever Jeff Parrett pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Viola recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect top of the eighth. Parrett gave up only a double to Sasser in the bottom half and Thon drew a walk against the Mets' Jeff Innis to begin the top of the ninth. Dalton hit a force play grounder to first baseman Magadan and pinch-hitter Ron Jones grounded out to third baseman Johnson. Innis then got Dykstra to fly out to left fielder McReynolds and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.