May 14, 1989: Mets Defeat Padres in 9th

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Date: May 14, 1989
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 2
Padres: 1
Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell
Key player(s): Gregg Jefferies, Luis Salazar
Key play: Jefferies’ single in 1st, Salazar’s error

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored a run in the ninth inning for a 2-1 win over San Diego.

Mets’ starter Bob Ojeda pitched a scoreless top of the first. Mookie Wilson singled against the Padres’ Dennis Rasmussen to lead off the bottom half. Howard Johnson popped out to first baseman Jack Clark and consecutive walks to Keith Hernandez and Kevin McReynolds loaded the bases. Gregg Jefferies hit a single to drive home Wilson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Mark Carreon was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Luis Salazar. Rasmussen then got Barry Lyons to fly out to center fielder Tony Gwynn and end the inning.

After scoreless second and third innings, Carmelo Martinez got a one-out single in the top of the fourth. Salazar doubled to score Martinez with the tying run and advanced to third base on a throw to the plate. Randy Ready went down on strikes and Mark Parent was given an intentional walk. Rasmussen followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Kevin Elster for the inning’s third out and set down the Mets in order in the bottom half. Ojeda hurled a scoreless top of the fifth and Johnson walked with one out in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez singled to send Johnson to third base. McReynolds was retired on a line drive to Gwynn, who then threw to catcher Parent for an out at home on Johnson and an inning-ending double play.

Ojeda held the Padres to a single by Ready in the top of the sixth. Lyons hit a double with two outs in the bottom half. Elster was walked intentionally and pinch-hitter Tim Teufel followed with a force play grounder to third baseman Ready that closed out the inning. Mets’ reliever Rick Aguilera hurled a perfect top of the seventh and Rasmussen surrendered just a walk to Hernandez in the bottom half. Aguilera then gave up only a single to Roberto Alomar in the top of the eighth.

Jefferies singled against Rasmussen to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Carreon drew a walk and San Diego reliever Dave Leiper retired Lyons on a foul popped-up bunt to Parent. Elster singled to load the bases and pinch-hitter Darryl Strawberry fouled out to Ready. Wilson grounded back to Leiper for the inning’s final out. Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Johnson hit a single to open the bottom of the ninth. Hernandez doubled and moved to third base on second baseman Alomar’s relay throw to Parent that caught Johnson for an out at the plate. McReynolds and Elster were given intentional walks to load the bases. Carreon hit a ground ball on which Salazar made an error that allowed pinch-runner Lenny Dykstra to score the winning run. The Mets had come away with a victory to finish off the weekend series.