May 17, 1985: Mets Beat Giants in 12 Innings

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Date: May 17, 1985
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 3
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Roger McDowell
Key player(s): Ray Knight, Gary Carter
Key play: Knight’s home run, Carter’s single in 12th

The Mets faced the Giants on a Friday night at Shea Stadium. The teams opened a three-game series by going into extra innings. In the 12th, the Mets came away with a 3-2 win over San Francisco.

In the top of the first inning, Dan Gladden led off with a bunt single. Manny Trillo followed with a single to center field. On an error by center fielder Mookie Wilson, Gladden scored the first run of the game and Trillo advanced to second base. Mets’ starter Ron Darling retired the next three Giants batters. San Francisco’s Dave LaPointe then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Darling and LaPointe each pitched scoreless ball from the second inning to the fourth. In the top of the fifth, David Green got a one-out double and came home on an ensuing single by Jose Uribe. LaPointe’s sacrifice bunt moved Uribe to second and Gladden grounded out to third baseman Ray Knight to end the inning. The Mets failed to score despite Darling’s single in the bottom half. Ron set down all three batters in the top of the sixth. LaPoint then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

The Giants had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh. Uribe hit a ground ball to shortstop Rafael Santana for an inning-ending double play. George Foster drew a walk to begin the bottom half. Knight followed with a home run to tie the game at 2-2. LaPointe set down the next three Mets batters to close out the inning. Darling shut down San Francisco in the top of the eighth. Giants’ relievers Mark Davis and Greg Minton then combined for a scoreless bottom of the inning.

Darling set down the Giants in order in the top of the ninth. Minton held the Mets to a single by Santana in the bottom half. In the 10th and 11th innings, Jesse Orosco and San Francisco’s Scott Garrelts each recorded three strikeouts while pitching scoreless ball. Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell then came in and hurled a scoreless top of the 12th.

Wilson grounded out to Garrelts to lead off the bottom of the 12th inning. Wally Backman reached on an error by left fielder Jeffrey Leonard and moved to second on Keith Hernandez’s single. Gary Carter followed with a single to right field, scoring Backman with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory to start the weekend series.