May 18, 1978: Randle Scores 5 Runs in Win
|Date: May 18, 1978|
|Mets starter: Pat Zachry|
|Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood|
|Key player(s): Lenny Randle, Willie Montanez, Steve Henderson|
|Key play: Montanez's double in 7th, Henderson's single in 10th|
The Mets and Braves played the last game of a three-game set at Shea Stadium. It was an offensive battle in which a total of nine pitchers were used. The Mets eventually won in 10 innings, 8-7, as Lenny Randle set a Mets' team record with five runs scored.
In the first inning, Willie Montanez hit a sacrifice fly to score Randle to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Braves responded with four runs off Pat Zachry in the top of the second, highlighted by doubles from Rod Gilbreath and Jeff Burroughs. Zachry then gave up a single and a walk to start the third and was removed from the game.
Steve Henderson's single scored Randle in the bottom of the third for the Mets. Atlanta starter Preston Hanna was then replaced by Jamie Easterly and Montanez singled to bring home Lee Mazzilli. Easterly got John Stearns to hit into a double play to end the inning with the Braves ahead, 4-3.
Atlanta extended their lead in the fifth against Bob Myrick. Burroughs singled and Rowland Office walked before Darrell Chaney doubled to score both of them. Myrick was replaced by Mardie Cornejo, who completed the inning. The Mets answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on Bobby Valentine's single to score Randle and Montanez's double that brought home Valentine.
Butch Metzger came on to pitch the top of the seventh inning for the Mets. Brian Asselstine and Biff Pocoroba singled off Metzger and Office hit a sacrifice fly on which Asselstine scored to make it a 7-5 lead for Atlanta. In the bottom half, Randle led off with a triple off reliever Adrian Devine and scored on Mazzilli's ground out. Montanez added a two-out double that brought home Henderson from first to tie the game for the Mets.
In the ninth, Skip Lockwood entered the game to pitch for the Mets. Lockwood held the Braves scoreless for two innings, facing the minimum six batters. The Mets then won it in the bottom of the tenth when Randle scored his fifth run of the game on Henderson's single off Atlanta reliever Eddie Solomon. The Mets had a hard-fought victory battling from behind.