June 5, 1983: Singles in 8th Beat Dodgers

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Date: June 5, 1983
Mets starter: Scott Holman
Mets: 4
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Scott Holman
Key player(s): Scott Holman, Mookie Wilson, Bob Bailor
Key play: Wilson’s and Bailor’s singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. A pair of run-scoring singles in the eighth inning lifted the Mets to a 4-2 win.

With two outs in the top of the first, Hubie Brooks and Dave Kingman hit consecutive singles against Los Angeles starter Jerry Reuss. Mark Bradley singled to drive home Brooks with the first run of the game. A single by Brian Giles scored Kingman for a 2-0 Mets lead. Reuss then retired Jose Oquendo on a fly ball to right fielder Mike Marshall to close out the inning.

Bill Russell got a one-out single in the bottom of the first. Russell advanced to third base on Ken Landreaux’s single and scored the Dodgers’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Pedro Guerrero. Mets’ starter Scott Holman struck out Greg Brock to end the inning and Reuss retired the side in order in the top of the second. With two outs in the bottom half, Ron Roenicke drew a walk and Reuss followed with a single to center field. Holman then got Steve Sax on a foul pop-up to catcher Ronn Reynolds for the inning’s final out.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Reynolds singled to lead off the top of the fifth. Holman went down on strikes and Mookie Wilson hit a ground ball to second baseman Sax for an inning-ending double play. Sax singled with one out in the bottom half. With Russell at bat, Sax stole second and moved to third on an error by Reynolds. Russell grounded back to Holman to bring home Sax and tie the game. Landreaux then grounded out to first baseman Kingman to finish off the inning.

Holman and Reuss each pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Reynolds hit a single to open the top of the eighth. Holman’s ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Darryl Strawberry to second base. Wilson singled to drive home Strawberry and put the Mets ahead, 3-2. With Bob Bailor at the plate, Wilson stole second and went to third on catcher Steve Yeager’s error. Bailor hit a single to score Mookie with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Los Angeles reliever Dave Stewart made an errant pickoff throw that allowed Bailor to advance all the way to third. Stewart responded with a strikeout of Brooks and retiring Kingman on an inning-ending pop-up to first baseman Brock. Holman then shut down the Dodgers in the bottom half.

Stewart hurled a perfect top of the ninth inning. Holman got Yeager to fly out to center fielder Wilson to begin the bottom half. Roenicke singled and Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco struck out pinch-hitter Jose Morales. Orosco then threw a called third strike past Sax to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.