June 6, 1984: Mets Emerge with 13-Inning Win

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Date: June 6, 1984
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Pirates: 1
Winning pitcher: Tom Gorman
Key player(s): Lee Mazzilli, Wally Backman
Key play: Mets’ appeal in 9th, Scurry’s wild pitch

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The teams hooked up in a game that lasted three hours and thirty-two minutes. After the Bucs’ winning run in the ninth inning was cancelled on an appeal, the Mets eventually came away with 2-1 win in the 13th.

Dwight Gooden and the Pirates’ Rick Rhoden each pitched five scoreless innings to start the game. Gooden held Pittsburgh without a hit while the Mets gathered only three singles off Rhoden. Wally Backman singled and Mookie Wilson hit into a force play to open the top of the sixth. A single by Keith Hernandez advanced Wilson to third base. Darryl Strawberry hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Wilson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Rhoden struck out George Foster to end the inning. Gooden then kept his no-hit bid going with a scoreless bottom half.

Rhoden shut down the Mets in the top of the seventh inning. Gooden pitched a perfect bottom half. The Mets failed to score in the top of the eighth and Doug Frobel singled for the Pirates’ first hit to begin the bottom of the inning. Dale Berra hit into a force play and pinch-runner Lee Lacy stole second base. Benny Distefano got a pinch-hit single to score Lacy and tie the game. Trying to advance on the throw home, Distefano was out at second base. Gooden then struck out Marvelle Wynne to end the inning.

Bucs’ reliever Kent Tekulve pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Gooden walked Lee Mazzilli to start the bottom half. Mazzilli stole second and went to third on Johnny Ray’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez. Bill Madlock was given an intentional walk. Jason Thompson followed with a fly out to center fielder Wilson. Mazzilli scored after the catch for the apparent winning run for Pittsburgh. On an appeal, Lee was ruled out for leaving the base too soon. The Mets had new life with the game heading into extra innings.

Tekulve and Mets’ reliever Doug Sisk each pitched a scoreless 10th inning. Pirates’ reliever Rod Scurry pitched a perfect top of the 11th. Sisk retired the Bucs 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Scurry shut down the Mets in the top of the 12th. Tom Gorman then retired all three Pittsburgh batters in the bottom of the inning.

Backman singled to lead off the top of the 13th. Wilson flied out to left fielder Mazzilli and a ground out by Hernandez advanced Backman all the way to third base. With Strawberry at bat, Backman came home on a wild pitch by Scurry to put the Mets in front. Darryl drew a walk and Foster followed with a single. Pirates’ reliever Cecilio Guante then came in to pitch and struck out Hubie Brooks to close out the inning.

Gorman retired Jim Morrison on a fly ball to left fielder Foster to start the bottom of the 13th. Brian Harper flied out to Foster and a single by Wynne kept the Pirates’ hopes alive. Gorman then got Mazzilli on a foul pop-up to Hernandez that ended the game. The Mets had emerged with a victory after what seemed to be certain defeat.