May 16, 1982: Nine Runs in 6th Bury Dodgers

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Date: May 16, 1982
Mets starter: Mike Scott
Mets: 13
Dodgers: 4
Winning pitcher: Mike Scott
Key player(s): Mike Scott, Bob Bailor, Mookie Wilson
Key play: Mets’ RBI singles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets scored nine runs in the sixth inning and defeated Los Angeles, 13-4.

Mets’ starter Mike Scott pitched a scoreless top of the first. John Stearns drew a one-out walk against the Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss in the bottom half. George Foster doubled to drive home Stearns and advanced to third base on an error by shortstop Bill Russell. Dave Kingman followed with a sacrifice fly to score Foster for a 2-0 Mets lead. Reuss then retired Joel Youngblood on a ground ball to Russell for the third out.

After scoreless second and third innings, Scott yielded only a double to Dusty Baker in the top of the fourth. Kingman drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. Youngblood flied out to right fielder Rick Monday and a single by Hubie Brooks ensued. Bob Bailor hit a force play grounder to Russell and moved to third base on Tom Veryzer’s single that brought home Kingman. Scott singled to score Bailor and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Reuss then struck out Mookie Wilson to end the inning.

Ron Cey hit a home run to begin the top of the fifth. Mike Scioscia singled and Russell drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Reuss advanced the runners to second and third base. Derrel Thomas grounded out to second baseman Bailor to drive home Scioscia and reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Scott retired Steve Garvey on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Veryzer. Reuss then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Scott hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Youngblood got a single against Reuss to open the bottom of the inning. Brooks singled and Bailor hit a single to bring home Youngblood. Veryzer drew a walk against Los Angeles reliever Alejandro Pena to load the bases and Scott grounded out to third baseman Cey to score Brooks. An infield single by Wilson plated Bailor for a 7-2 Mets lead. Stearns hit a single on which Monday made an error that allowed Veryzer to score and an intentional walk to Foster reloaded the bases. Pena balked to bring home Wilson and issued an intentional walk to Kingman that loaded the bases once again. Youngblood reached on Cey’s error to drive home Stearns and a pop-up by Brooks was caught by second baseman Thomas. Bailor singled to plate both Foster and Kingman. Monday made an error on the play, allowing Youngblood to come home with the Mets’ ninth run of the inning for a 13-2 New York lead. Pena then got Veryzer to fly out to Monday and finish off the inning.

Cey reached on third baseman Brooks’ error to lead off the top of the seventh. Scioscia singled to send Cey to third base and moved to second on an error by right fielder Youngblood. Russell and pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone followed with consecutive sacrifice flies to drive home Cey and Scioscia, respectively. Scott retired Thomas on a fly ball to left fielder Foster to close out the inning and Dodgers’ reliever Terry Forster yielded just a single to Wilson in the bottom half. The Mets’ Ed Lynch set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Los Angeles’s Ted Power then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco fanned pinch-hitter Jose Morales to start the top of the ninth. Cey went down on strikes and pinch-hitter Steve Sax singled. Orosco then retired Russell on a fly ball to Youngblood for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory to conclude the series.