June 7, 1991: Six-Run 9th Beats Astros

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Date: June 7, 1991
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 6
Astros: 3
Winning pitcher: Doug Simons
Key player(s): Kevin McReynolds, Kevin Elster
Key play: McReynolds’ double in 9th, Osuna’s wild pitch, Elster’s single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Friday night in Houston. The teams played the opener of a four-game overlapping weekend series. The Mets scored six runs in the ninth inning for a 6-3 win.

Ron Darling and the Astros’ Jim Deshaies each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Deshaies yielded just a single to Vince Coleman in the top of the fourth and Jeff Bagwell singled to open the bottom half. Ken Caminiti hit a single and moved to third base on Eric Yelding’s single that drove home Bagwell. Trying to advance on his own hit, Yelding was out via a throw by center fielder Coleman to second baseman Gregg Jefferies. A sacrifice fly by Casey Candaele scored Caminiti for a 2-0 Houston lead. Darling then retired Deshaies on a fly ball to left fielder Kevin McReynolds to close out the inning.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, McReynolds doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh. On the hit, second baseman Candaele made a relay throw to third baseman Caminiti for an out on Kevin to end the inning. Darling hurled a perfect bottom half and Garry Templeton singled with one out in the top of the eighth. Kevin Elster popped out to Caminiti and an infield single by pinch-hitter Mark Carreon ensued. Deshaies struck out pinch-hitter Rick Cerone to finish off the inning. Mets’ reliever Doug Simons then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Dave Magadan drew a one-out walk against Deshaies in the top of the ninth. Pinch-runner Howard Johnson stole second base and a walk to Jefferies followed. McReynolds hit a double against Astros’ reliever Curt Schilling to drive home Johnson. Hubie Brooks was walked intentionally to load the bases and Schilling was replaced on the mound by Houston’s Al Osuna. With Templeton at bat, Osuna threw a wild pitch that brought home Jefferies with the tying run. Templeton was given an intentional walk to reload the bases and Elster singled to plate McReynolds for a 3-2 Mets lead. Osuna issued a walk to pinch-hitter Tommy Herr to force home pinch-runner Daryl Boston. Astros’ reliever Dwayne Henry walked Cerone to bring home Templeton. Coleman hit a force play ground ball to Candaele that scored Elster with the Mets’ sixth run of the inning. Coleman stole second and Johnson walked to load the bases once again. Houston’s Mike Capel then fanned Jefferies for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Alejandro Pena retired Bagwell on a fly ball to right fielder Boston to begin the bottom of the ninth. Caminiti homered for the Astros’ third run and Yelding lined out to Pena. Candaele hit a double and Pena got pinch-hitter Ken Oberkfell on a fly ball to McReynolds for the game-ending out. The Mets had a comeback victory.