May 10, 1982: Bailor's Double Beats Padres in 9th

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Date: May 10, 1982
Mets starter: Randy Jones
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Randy Jones
Key player(s): Bob Bailor
Key play: Bailor’s double in 9th

The Mets and Padres started a series on a Monday night at Shea Stadium. It was a pitcher’s duel between Randy Jones and San Diego’s Chris Welch for much of the game. The Mets pulled out a 3-2 win on Bob Bailor’s clutch two-out double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Mookie Wilson hit a triple off Welch to start the inning. John Stearns followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Wilson. The lead stood up through the end on the sixth on Jones’ two-hit pitching.

In the top of the seventh, the Padres got two singles off Jones. Sixto Lezcano followed with a sacrifice fly to score Juan Bonilla with the tying run. San Diego then took a 2-1 lead in the ninth when Terry Kennedy hit a two-out double off Jones to score Lezcano.

Eric Show was on to pitch for the Padres in the bottom of the ninth. Ellis Valentine got a leadoff single before Hubie Brooks struck out. Lefthander Gary Lucas came in and got Rusty Staub to ground out with Valentine moving to second. Lucas then issued an intentional walk to George Foster, putting the winning run on base. Still, the Mets were down to their last out.

Bailor came up to pinch-hit for Jones. Bob hit one into left field for a double. Valentine and pinch-runner Wally Backman came around to score, giving the Mets a sudden come-from-behind victory. Bailor’s game-winning hit brought the Mets to the .500 mark with a record of 15-15 on the season.