May 21, 1978: Mets Come Back to Beat Phillies

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Date: May 21, 1978
Mets starter: Jerry Koosman
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Skip Lockwood
Key player(s): Steve Henderson, Lee Mazzilli, Willie Montanez
Key play: Montanez's double in 8th, Henderson's double in 10th

The Mets concluded a series with the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. After falling way behind, the Mets made a comeback to force extra innings. They came up with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the tenth.

The Phils scored five times against Mets' starter Jerry Koosman in the first inning. Jerry Martin and Larry Bowa led off with singles and Mike Schmidt clouted a three-run homer. With one out, Bob Boone hit a double to bring home Greg Luzinski and Jose Cardenal for two more runs. The Mets were shut down by Philadelphia starter Randy Lerch in the bottom half, but got a run when John Stearns homered in the second.

Koosman held the Phillies scoreless on one hit over the third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Lee Mazzilli led off with a single and went to third on a double by Steve Henderson. Mazzilli came home on Willie Montanez's sacrifice fly and Henderson crossed the plate on right fielder Martin's errant throw. Koosman retired the Phils in order in each of the next two innings and Joel Youngblood's two-out single off Lerch scored Montanez in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Philadelphia lead to 5-4.

Neither team scored in the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, Skip Lockwood retired Philadelphia in order on three fly balls. The Mets then tied the game in the bottom half when Montanez doubled off Phillies' reliever Ron Reed to bring Mazzilli home from second base.

Lockwood and Reed each pitched a perfect ninth inning. Skip followed up by retiring the Phils 1-2-3 again in the top of the tenth. In the bottom half, Philadelphia's Tug McGraw retired the first two batters before allowing a single to Mazzilli. Henderson then nailed his second double of the game, scoring Lee with the winning run. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory.