June 29, 1990: Mets Win 11th in a Row

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Date: June 29, 1990
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 4
Reds: 2
Winning pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Mackey Sasser
Key play: Strawberry's and Sasser's home runs

The Mets faced the Reds on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 43,555 watched as the Mets defeated the West Division leaders. The 4-2 victory gave the Mets an 11-game winning streak, tying a team record.

Starting pitcher Bob Ojeda faced the minimum nine Cincinnati batters over the first three innings. Ojeda struck out two batters in both the first and second and got Rick Mahler to ground into a double play in the third. Meanwhile, the Mets scored twice against Mahler in the bottom of the second on a home run by Darryl Strawberry and a sacrifice fly by Mackey Sasser on which Howard Johnson came home.

Ojeda recorded three outs after a leadoff single by the Reds' Billy Hatcher in the top of the fourth. Johnson led off the bottom of the inning with a double off Mahler. Following an out, Sasser hit a two-run homer to stretch the Met lead to 4-0. Ojeda then protected the lead by keeping Cincinnati scoreless through the seventh inning.

In the eighth, the Reds got a run on Eric Davis's two-out single that scored Luis Quinones. After Mariano Duncan's single with one out in the ninth, Jeff Innis came on to relieve Ojeda for the Mets. Innis got Ken Griffey to fly out to right fielder Strawberry and gave up a double to Paul O'Neill that sent Duncan to third. Jeff then yielded wild pitch to score Duncan, but threw out Hatcher on a comeback grounder to end the game. The Mets had their 11th straight win to match previous team highs set in 1969, 1972 and 1986.

Notes

  • The Mets' triumph lifted them into a first place tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League East Division.