June 23, 1978: Foli's Winning Single in 11th
|Date: June 23, 1978|
|Mets starter: Jerry Koosman|
|Winning pitcher: Dale Murray|
|Key player(s): Tim Foli, Lee Mazzilli|
|Key play: Foli's single in 11th|
The Mets began a three-game series with the Pirates on a Friday night. The teams played an extra-inning game that lasted three hours and fifteen minutes. Tim Foli's run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Mets a 3-2 win.
Jerry Koosman started the game with five innings of three-hit shutout ball. He allowed three singles and a walk while recording three strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Mets had taken a 1-0 lead on Lee Mazzilli's home run off Pittsburgh's Don Robinson in the bottom of the third.
In the sixth inning, Bill Robinson's double scored Phil Garner to tie the game for the Pirates. Pittsburgh went ahead, 2-1, in the top of the seventh when Frank Taveras singled off Koosman to bring home Omar Moreno. The Mets came back on Lenny Randle's sacrifice fly to score Joel Youngblood with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
For the Mets, Skip Lockwood shut down the Pirates in the eighth and ninth innings. Dale Murray then retired all six batters in the tenth and eleventh. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh reliever Kent Tekulve pitched two and two-thirds innings of shutout ball up to the end of the tenth.
To begin the bottom of the 11th, John Stearns was walked by the Pirates' Ed Whitson. Randle followed with a single and a passed ball by Pittsburgh catcher Ed Ott advanced the runners to second and third. Whitson struck out the next two batters and gave Mazzilli an intentional walk to load the bases. Foli then singled to right field, scoring Stearns with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory.