June 8, 1980: Rally in 7th Beats Pirates

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Date: June 8, 1980
Mets starter: Ray Burris
Mets: 6
Pirates: 4
Winning pitcher: Ray Burris
Key player(s): Steve Henderson, Frank Taveras, Lee Mazzilli, Ed Glynn
Key play: Taveras’s and Henderson’s singles in 7th

The Mets faced the Pirates in a doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played a three-hour and two-minute opener of the twinbill. The Mets collected four singles, three stolen bases and three runs in the seventh inning for a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.

Mets’ starter Ray Burris pitched a scoreless top of the first. Steve Henderson singled against the Bucs’ Don Robinson with two outs in the bottom half. Mike Jorgensen hit a double to drive home Henderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Joel Youngblood flied out to center fielder Omar Moreno to end the inning and Burris set down the side in order in the top of the second. Don Robinson then gave up just a single to Ron Hodges in the bottom half.

Burris retired the Pirates on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the top of the third. Frank Taveras drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Taveras advanced to second base on a balk and came around to score on Henderson’s single for a 2-0 Mets lead. Jorgensen flied out to Moreno and a strikeout of Youngblood closed out the inning. Burris hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Don Robinson then set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Mike Easler hit a home run to lead off the top of the fifth. Dale Berra flied out to right fielder Youngblood and a single by Ed Ott followed. Burris fanned Vance Law and Don Robinson for the inning’s final outs and Lee Mazzilli singled with one out in the bottom half. Taveras was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Phil Garner. With Henderson at the plate, Mazzilli got caught by Don Robinson’s pickoff throw and was tagged out by first baseman Willie Stargell to end the inning.

To begin the top of the sixth, Omar Moreno singled and stole second base. Burris caught Omar Moreno with a pickoff throw to shortstop Taveras and struck out Garner. Dave Parker drew a walk and Stargell hit a single. Easler connected for his second homer of the game and a 4-2 Pittsburgh lead. Berra grounded out to Taveras to finish off the inning and Henderson singled against Don Robinson to open the bottom half. Steve advanced to third on Jorgensen’s single and came home on a single by Youngblood. Pirates’ reliever Enrique Romo got Hodges to hit a ground ball to Stargell for a double play. Romo then retired Elliott Maddox on a fly ball to Omar Moreno that ended the inning.

Burris pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Doug Flynn got a leadoff single against Romo in the bottom half. Flynn moved to second base on pinch-hitter Jose Moreno’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a single by Mazzilli. Lee stole second and went to third on Taveras’s single that brought home Flynn, tying the game at 4-4. With Pittsburgh reliever Kent Tekulve on the mound facing Henderson, Taveras stole second. Steve followed up with a single that plated Mazzilli and Taveras for a two-run Mets lead. Henderson stole second and Jorgensen flied out to left fielder Lee Lacy. Tekulve then threw a called third strike past Youngblood to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Ed Glynn yielded only a double to Parker in the top of the eighth. To open the bottom half, Hodges singled and stole second base. Maddox got an infield single on which Hodges stayed at second and Flynn flied out to right fielder Parker. Glynn’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before an intentional walk to Mazzilli loaded the bases. Tekulve then got Taveras on a force play ground ball to shortstop Law for the inning’s final out.

Ott grounded out to second baseman Flynn to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Manny Sanguillen flied out to left fielder Henderson and a single by pinch-hitter Bill Robinson ensued. Glynn then got Omar Moreno to hit a force play grounder to Flynn and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the doubleheader.