May 20, 1981: Mets End 9-Game Skid

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Date: May 20, 1981
Mets starter: Greg Harris
Mets: 4
Giants: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeff Reardon
Key player(s): Dave Kingman, Alex Trevino
Key play: Trevino's sacrifice fly in 10th

The Mets concluded a West Coast road trip with a Wednesday afternoon game in San Francisco. After going 0-for-8 in their California games and losing nine overall, the Mets called on Greg Harris to turn the team around in his major league debut. Harris pitched six innings and left the game with a lead, but was not around when the Mets came up with a 4-3 win over the Giants in 10 innings.

In the first inning, the Mets scored twice against San Francisco starter Tom Griffin. Wally Backman got a one-out single and Joel Youngblood followed with a double to score him. With Dave Kingman at the plate, Griffin threw a wild pitch to move Youngblood to third. Joel then came home on Kingman's ground out.

Harris kept the Giants hitless into the third inning. Joe Morgan came up with two out and singled off Greg. Dave Bergman followed with a double to score Morgan with the first run for San Francisco.

Larry Herndon homered off Harris in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. In the sixth, Griffin retired the first two Met batters before Kingman hit one over the wall for a home run. The Mets had a 3-2 lead as Harris was done for the day.

In the seventh, Rennie Stennett got a pinch-hit single off Neil Allen to score Mike Sadek with the tying run for the Giants. Both teams then put runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth, but neither was able to take the lead. The game was headed into extra innings.

Giants' reliever Greg Minton walked Lee Mazzilli to start the top of the tenth. Youngblood and Kingman singled with one out to load the bases. Alex Trevino followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Mazzilli with the go-ahead run. Kingman was then thrown out at second trying to advance after the play.

Jeff Reardon retired the first two San Francisco batters in the bottom of the tenth. Enos Cabell and Herndon then got singles off Reardon, but Jeff got Jerry Martin on a fly ball for the final out. The Mets had finally won a game on the western trip and ended their nine-game losing streak.