May 11, 1988: Mets Come Back to Win in 10

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Date: May 11, 1988
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 9
Astros: 8
Winning pitcher: Terry Leach
Key player(s): Tim Teufel, Kevin McReynolds
Key play: Teufel’s double, McReynolds’ single

The Mets faced the Astros on a Wednesday night in Houston. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a 9-8 win in 10 innings.

Astros’ starter Mike Scott pitched a perfect top of the first. To begin the bottom half, the Mets’ Dwight Gooden hit Billy Hatcher with a pitch. Hatcher stole second base and moved to third on Bill Doran’s infield single. Doran stole second and Terry Puhl flied out to center fielder Lenny Dykstra. Glenn Davis grounded out to second baseman Wally Backman to score Hatcher and send Doran to third. With Kevin Bass at bat, Doran stole home for a 2-0 Houston lead. Gooden then fanned Bass for the third out.

After scoreless second and third innings, Keith Hernandez drew a walk with one out in the top of the fourth. Darryl Strawberry homered to tie the game and Lee Mazzilli singled to right field. Mazzilli stole second base and Gary Carter flied out to center fielder Hatcher. Scott struck out Howard Johnson to end the inning and a walk to Puhl opened the bottom half. Davis slugged a two-run homer and Bass hit a single to left field. Bass stole second and advanced to third on Denny Walling’s ground out to first baseman Hernandez. Alan Ashby followed with a sacrifice fly to score Bass for a 5-2 Astros lead. Gooden then retired Rafael Ramirez on a fly ball to right fielder Strawberry to close out the inning.

Kevin Elster hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Gooden singled and Dykstra doubled to bring home Elster. Backman grounded out to second baseman Doran to score Gooden and send Dykstra to third base. Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to plate Dykstra and tie the game at 5-5. Strawberry singled and was caught stealing on catcher Ashby’s throw to shortstop Ramirez for the inning’s final out. Gooden then yielded only a single to Doran in the bottom half.

Scott set down the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Davis singled to begin the bottom of the inning. Bass lined out to left fielder Mazzilli and an infield single by Walling ensued. Ashby walked to load the bases and Ramirez singled to drive home Davis with the go-ahead run. With pinch-hitter Craig Reynolds at bat, a passed ball by catcher Carter allowed Walling to score and extend the Astros’ lead to 7-5. Gooden then got Reynolds to pop out to shortstop Elster and fanned Hatcher to end the inning.

Houston reliever Juan Agosto pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. New York’s Randy Myers gave up just a single to Puhl in the bottom half. Agosto retired the Mets in order in the top of the eighth and Bass singled against Myers to open the bottom of the inning. Bass moved to second base on Walling’s sacrifice bunt and to third as Ashby reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball. Ramirez got a bunt single to score Bass for an 8-5 Houston lead. Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Jim Pankovits and retired Hatcher on a grounder to second baseman Tim Teufel to close out the inning.

Johnson singled against Astros’ reliever Dave Smith to lead off the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mackey Sasser hit a force play grounder to Doran and pinch-hitter Kevin McReynolds reached on an error by third baseman Walling. Mookie Wilson followed with an infield single to load the bases. Teufel doubled to drive home Sasser, McReynolds and Wilson for an 8-8 tie. Hernandez was given an intentional walk and Strawberry grounded out to first baseman Davis. Smith retired Mazzilli on an inning-ending pop-up to Walling. Mets’ reliever Terry Leach then hurled a scoreless bottom half to send the game onward.

Carter drew a leadoff walk against Smith in the top of the 10th. Johnson singled and Sasser followed with a force play ground ball to Walling. McReynolds hit a single to score Johnson and put the Mets ahead by a run. Houston reliever Dave Meads then got Wilson to hit a grounder on which both Sasser and McReynolds were tagged out for an inning-ending double play.

Bass grounded out to shortstop Johnson to begin the bottom of the 10th. Walling grounded out to Teufel and a walk to Ashby ensued. Leach then got Ramirez on a line drive to Teufel for the game’s final out. The Mets had a comeback victory in extra innings.

Notes

  • Teufel’s game-tying double in the ninth inning struck a wall beyond the outfield fence and caromed back on to the field. The Mets argued that it should have been ruled as a grand slam, but it wasn’t.