May 14, 1983: Allen and Orosco Five-Hit Bucs

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Date: May 14, 1983
Mets starter: Neil Allen
Mets: 6
Pirates: 2
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): Neil Allen, Jesse Orosco, George Foster, Jose Oquendo
Key play: Foster’s home run, Oquendo’s singles

The Mets faced the Pirates on a Saturday night in Pittsburgh. The teams played a two-hour and forty-five-minute game at Three Rivers stadium. Neil Allen and Jesse Orosco combined on a five-hitter in a 6-2 Mets win over the Bucs.

Following a one and one-half hour rain delay, Hubie Brooks got a one-out single against Pirates’ starter Larry McWilliams in the top of the first inning. Dave Kingman drew a walk and George Foster hit a home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Mark Bradley walked and was caught stealing second base on catcher Tony Pena’s throw to shortstop Dale Berra. Brian Giles drew a walk and McWilliams struck out Ronn Reynolds to end the inning. Allen then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Allen and McWilliams each allowed a single over scoreless second and third innings. Brian Giles doubled to open the top of the fourth. Giles advanced to third base on Ronn Reynolds’ ground out to Berra and came home on a single by Jose Oquendo. Allen’s sacrifice bunt moved Oquendo to second and an infield single by Mookie Wilson followed. McWilliams retired Brooks on a fly ball to right fielder Dave Parker to close out the inning and Jason Thompson singled with one out in the bottom half. Richie Hebner drew a walk and Mike Easler was struck out. Allen then got Pena to hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Brooks for the inning’s final out.

McWilliams set down the side in order in the top of the fifth. Berra got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Brian Harper was called out on strikes and Lee Mazzilli doubled. Johnny Ray followed with a double to drive home Berra and Mazzilli, reducing the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Parker popped out to shortstop Oquendo and a walk to Thompson ensued. Allen then got Hebner to ground out to first baseman Kingman and finish off the inning.

Giles hit a double against Pittsburgh reliever Manny Sarmiento to lead off the top of the sixth. Brian went to third base on Reynolds’ ground out to Berra and scored on Oquendo’s single for a 5-2 Mets lead. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub grounded out to Berra and a strikeout of Wilson ended the inning. Orosco came in to pitch for the Mets and surrendered only a walk to Berra in the bottom half. Sarmiento hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Jesse then retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Sarmiento held the Mets to a walk to Reynolds in the top of the eighth. Orosco set down all three batters in the bottom half and Wilson got a one-out single against Bucs’ reliever Rod Scurry in the top of the ninth. Mookie stole second base and advanced to third after Brooks’ fly out to Parker. Mike Jorgensen singled to bring home Wilson with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Scurry then struck out Foster to end the inning.

Pena drew a walk to begin the bottom of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Gene Tenace hit a force play ground ball to Brooks and a fly ball by Jim Morrison was caught by right fielder Darryl Strawberry. Orosco then got Mazzilli to line out to Oquendo and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.