June 29, 1993: Mets Defeat Marlins in 12

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Date: June 29, 1993
Mets starter: Frank Tanana
Mets: 10
Marlins: 9
Winning pitcher: Dave Telgheder
Key player(s): Tim Bogar, Jeromy Burnitz, Dave Telgheder
Key play: Mets' four home runs, Bogar's sacrifice fly

The Mets and Marlins faced each other on a Tuesday night in Miami. The teams battled for over four hours in rainy weather conditions. The Mets eventually came out with a 10-9 victory in 12 innings.

In the first inning, the Marlins got off to a 1-0 lead against Mets' starter Frank Tanana. A leadoff double by Chuck Carr was followed by Rich Renteria's run-scoring single. After a scoreless second, the Mets tied the game on a home run by Jeromy Burnitz off Florida's Ryan Bowen in the top of the third. Todd Hundley then homered in the fourth to put New York ahead, 2-1.

Following scoreless fifth and sixth innings, the Mets came to bat in the top of the seventh. Joe Orsulak led off with a single, stole second base and went to third on a strike-three wild pitch that put Jeff Kent on first. Burnitz doubled to bring home Orsulak for the Mets' third run of the game. Bowen was replaced by reliever Richie Lewis, who gave up a double to Tim Bogar that scored Kent and Burnitz. Later in the inning, Hundley hit a sacrifice fly on which Bogar scored to extend the Mets' lead to 6-1.

Jeff Innis came in to pitch for the Mets in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Marlins got three singles against Innis, the last of which was by Carr to score a run. Renteria followed with a three-run homer off reliever Mike Draper to cut the lead to 6-5. Draper and Pete Schourek surrendered two more singles and Jeff Conine hit Florida's second three-run homer of the inning, putting the Fish ahead by an 8-6 score. Schourek later got the final two outs of the 11-batter inning.

In the eighth, Eddie Murray homered off Marlins' reliever Rich Rodriguez to lead off the inning. Pinch-hitter Darrin Jackson followed with a single and Rodriguez was removed from the game. Facing Bryan Harvey, Kent hit a two-run homer to reclaim the lead for the Mets. Harvey later struck out Hundley with two runners on base and two outs to end the inning.

After loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth, Florida failed to score against Mets' reliever John Franco. The Mets were held scoreless by reliever Jim Corsi in the top of the ninth. The Marlins tied the game in the bottom half on a two-out single by Greg Briley that brought home Benito Santiago. Franco then picked off Briley to end the inning.

For the Mets, Dave Telgheder retired Florida in order in the 10th and 11th innings. However, the Mets were unable to score against Corsi and Matt Turner. The game went into the 12th still tied at 9-9.

Leading off the 12th, Burnitz hit a double and advanced to third on an errant throw by center fielder Henry Cotto. Bogar followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Jeromy and put the Mets in front. Turner then completed the inning with no further scoring.

Telgheder pitched his third consecutive perfect inning in the bottom of the 12th. The game was over and the Mets had a victory. For Dave, it was his second win in his first month in the major leagues.