June 3, 1995: Singles in 7th Beat Dodgers

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Date: June 3, 1995
Mets starter: Dave Mlicki
Mets: 5
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Dave Mlicki
Key player(s): Bobby Bonilla, Joe Orsulak, Brett Butler
Key play: Bonilla’s home run, Orsulak’s and Butler’s singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Saturday night in Los Angeles. The teams played the second of three games in a series. In the seventh inning, the Mets collected four singles that produced two runs for a 5-3 win.

Edgardo Alfonzo singled against Dodgers’ starter Pedro Astacio with one out in the top of the first. Rico Brogna flied out to left fielder Chris Gwynn and a homer by Bobby Bonilla gave the Mets a two-run lead. Astacio struck out Jeff Kent to end the inning and Jose Offerman hit a one-out double against the Mets’ Dave Mlicki in the bottom half. Roberto Kelly grounded out to third baseman Alfonzo and a walk to Eric Karros ensued. Mlicki then fanned Raul Mondesi for the inning’s third out.

Mlicki and Astacio each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. Jose Vizcaino drew a walk with one out in the top of the fifth. Vizcaino advanced to second base on Mlicki’s sacrifice bunt and stole third. Brett Butler reached on an error by shortstop Offerman that allowed Vizcaino to score and extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Astacio retired Alfonzo on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Karros. Mlicki then set down the Dodgers on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Astacio yielded only a single to Bonilla in the top of the sixth. Delino DeShields hit a single to open the bottom of the inning. Offerman drew a walk and Kelly singled to drive home DeShields. Karros and Mondesi were struck out and Tim Wallach got a double that plated both Offerman and Kelly, tying the game at 3-3. Mlicki then fanned Gwynn to close out the inning.

Ryan Thompson singled against Astacio to lead off the top of the seventh. Thompson went to second base on Vizcaino’s sacrifice bunt and came home on pinch-hitter Joe Orsulak’s single for a 4-3 Mets lead. On his own hit, Orsulak advanced to third via an error by right fielder Mondesi. Against Los Angeles reliever Omar Daal, Butler singled to plate Orsulak with the fifth New York run of the game. Alfonzo hit a single to send Butler to third and Daal got Brogna to hit a grounder to Karros for a double play that ended the inning. Mets’ reliever Blas Minor then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Daal shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. Minor retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Dodgers’ reliever Joey Eischen hurled a perfect top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever John Franco struck out Mondesi to start the bottom half. Wallach grounded out to Alfonzo and a single by pinch-hitter Mitch Webster followed. Franco then fanned pinch-hitter Billy Ashley to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.