May 14, 1994: Mets Rout Braves with 15 Hits

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Date: May 14, 1994
Mets starter: Mauro Gozzo
Mets: 11
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Mauro Gozzo
Key player(s): Ryan Thompson, Joe Orsulak
Key play: Thompson's grand slam in 5th

The Mets and Braves played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The fans on hand watched the home team collect 15 hits against the Atlanta pitching. The Mets ended up with an 11-4 win.

Mauro Gozzo and Braves' starter John Smoltz began the game with two scoreless innings. In the top of the third, Gozzo again set down Atlanta without a run. The Mets scored three times in the bottom half when John Cangelosi came home on an error and Joe Orsulak delivered an RBI single before crossing the plate on Bobby Bonilla's double.

Gozzo continued to hold the Braves scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, the Mets loaded the bases with two out against Smoltz. Ryan Thompson followed with a grand slam to extend the Mets' lead to 7-0. Cangelosi was then hit by a Smoltz pitch, after which he charged the mound and ignited a bench-clearing brawl. Order was restored as Smoltz and Cangelosi were ejected from the game.

After stopping Atlanta again in the sixth, Gozzo retired the first two batters in the top of the seventh. The Braves then got two doubles and a single off Mauro to score their first run. Doug Linton came in to relieve Gozzo and gave up a two-run single to Bill Pecota. The Mets scored in the bottom half on a solo home run by David Segui off reliever Steve Bedrosian.

Ryan Klesko homered off Linton to begin the top of the eighth inning. Two more Atlanta batters reached base and Roger Mason came in to relieve. Mason retired three straight batters to end the inning with the Mets ahead, 8-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, Jose Vizcaino got a two-out single and scored on Todd Hundley's double. Orsulak followed with another double to bring home Hundley for the Mets' tenth run of the game. Fernando Vina singled off Braves' reliever Mark Wohlers to score Orsulak before the end of the inning.

John Franco retired the side in order with three ground balls in the top of the ninth. The Mets had a victory with a 15-hit attack. The win for Gozzo was his second of the season.