June 28, 1995: Hundley and Jones Lift Mets Over Fish

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Date: June 28, 1995
Mets starter: Bret Saberhagen
Mets: 8
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Bret Saberhagen
Key player(s): Chris Jones, Todd Hundley, Ryan Thompson, Jeff Kent
Key play: Kent’s and Jones’ homers, Thompson’s and Hundley’s doubles

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Florida. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Todd Hundley and Chris Jones combined for five RBIs in the eighth inning to give the Mets an 8-3 win over the Fish.

Marlins’ starter John Burkett struck out the side in order in the top of the first. The Mets’ Bret Saberhagen pitched a perfect bottom half and Burkett yielded only a single to Jeff Kent in the top of the second. Andre Dawson reached on shortstop Jose Vizcaino’s error with one out in the bottom of the inning. Greg Colbrunn flied out to right fielder Jones and a two-run homer by Kurt Abbott ensued. Charles Johnson was hit by a pitch and Burkett singled. Saberhagen then got Quilvio Veras to hit a force play ground ball to Vizcaino for the inning’s third out.

Burkett held the Mets to a single by Jones in the top of the third. Chuck Carr singled to lead off the bottom half. Carr advanced to third base on Jeff Conine’s single and Terry Pendleton was struck out. Dawson singled to drive home Carr for a 3-0 Florida lead. Colbrunn hit a grounder to Vizcaino for a double play that ended the inning and Burkett retired all three batters in the top of the fourth. Burkett and Veras got back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom half. Saberhagen then got Carr to fly out to Jones and finish off the inning.

Bobby Bonilla doubled to begin the top of the fifth. Jeff Kent flied out to right fielder Dawson and a called third strike was thrown past Hundley. Jones drew a walk and Ryan Thompson singled to bring home Bonilla with the Mets’ first run of the game. Saberhagen hit an inning-ending force play ground ball to third baseman Pendleton, who reached on an error by third baseman Bonilla with one out in the bottom half. Dawson singled and Saberhagen got Colbrunn on a grounder to Vizcaino for a double play to end the inning.

After a scoreless sixth, Kent hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the seventh. Hundley flied out to left fielder Conine and a walk to Jones ensued. Thompson doubled to score Jones and tie the game at 3-3. Saberhagen grounded back to Burkett for the inning’s final out. Bret then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Rico Brogna doubled against Burkett with two outs in the top of the eighth. Bonilla was given an intentional walk and Kent walked to load the bases. Against Marlins’ reliever Randy Veres, Hundley singled to drive home Brogna and Bonilla for a 5-3 Mets lead. Jones followed with a homer to extend the New York lead to five runs. Veres retired Saberhagen on a fly ball to center fielder Carr to end the inning and Bret pitched a perfect bottom half. Florida’s Robb Nen then gave up only a triple to Vizcaino in the top of the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Tommy Gregg went down on strikes to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Veras was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Carr then grounded back to Saberhagen for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.