May 12, 1992: Murray's Homer Propels Mets to Victory

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Date: May 12, 1992
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 7
Padres: 3
Winning pitcher: Dwight Gooden
Key player(s): Eddie Murray, Bill Pecota
Key play: Murray’s home run, Mets’ singles in 4th, Pecota’s double

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the middle match of a three-game series. Eddie Murray homered in the first inning to spark the Mets to a 7-3 win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Dwight Gooden retired the side in order in the top of the first. Willie Randolph singled against the Padres’ Jose Melendez to begin the bottom half. Dave Magadan flied out to center fielder Darrin Jackson and a called third strike was thrown past Bobby Bonilla. Murray followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 2-0. Melendez then fanned Howard Johnson for the inning’s final out.

Gooden and Melendez each pitched scoreless ball in the second and third innings. Tony Gwynn doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Gary Sheffield hit a single and Fred McGriff drew a walk to load the bases. Benito Santiago hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Magadan to drive home Gwynn. Jackson was retired on a grounder to Gooden. Dwight then got Jerald Clark to pop out to shortstop Dick Schofield and finish off the inning.

Bonilla singled to open the bottom of the fourth. Murray drew a walk and Johnson got an infield single that loaded the bases. Daryl Boston and Mackey Sasser got back-to-back singles to score Bonilla and Murray, respectively. Schofield popped out to catcher Santiago and a force play ground ball by Gooden brought home Johnson for a 5-1 Mets lead. Melendez then got Randolph on a grounder to shortstop Tony Fernandez for an inning-ending double play.

Gooden and San Diego reliever Rich Rodriguez each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Santiago got a leadoff single against Gooden in the top of the seventh. Jackson flied out to left fielder Boston and a double by Clark ensued. Kurt Stillwell singled to drive home Santiago and send Clark to third base. Mets’ reliever Paul Gibson retired pinch-hitter Tim Teufel on a pop-up to second baseman Randolph. Fernandez singled to drive home Clark with the Padres’ third run of the game. Gwynn hit an infield single to load the bases and New York’s Jeff Innis got Sheffield on a force play grounder to Magadan that ended the inning. San Diego’s Tim Scott then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Innis held the Padres to a single by Jackson in the top of the eighth. Scott issued a two-out walk to Johnson in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Chico Walker singled against San Diego reliever Pat Clements and a double steal put Mets runners on second and third base. Pinch-hitter Bill Pecota doubled to bring home Johnson and Walker with the sixth and seventh New York runs. Schofield was given an intentional walk. Clements then struck out Todd Hundley to end the inning.

Stillwell singled against Mets’ reliever Tim Burke to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Kevin Ward followed with a double play grounder to Schofield. Burke then retired Fernandez on a line drive to Randolph for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.