May 24, 1980: Maddox's Single Beats Braves in 10th

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Date: May 24, 1980
Mets starter: Pat Zachry
Mets: 5
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Neil Allen
Key player(s): Elliott Maddox, Frank Taveras
Key play: Maddox's RBI single

The Mets and Braves played on a Saturday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Trailing from the start, the Mets managed to tie the game and send it to extra innings. They came away with a 5-4 win on Elliott Maddox's run-scoring single in the tenth.

In the first inning, the Braves scored twice against Mets' starter Pat Zachry. With two out, Chris Chambliss drew a walk and Gary Matthews homered to give Atlanta an early lead. The Mets responded in the bottom of the second when Mike Jorgensen led off with a home run against the Braves' Doyle Alexander.

Larvelle Blanks and Jerry Royster hit back-to-back singles off Zachry to begin the top of the third inning. Pat struck out Chambliss, but gave up a single to Matthews that scored Blanks for a 3-1 Atlanta lead. Brian Asselstine then hit into an inning-ending double play and the Mets didn't score in the bottom half.

Zachry shut down the Braves in the fourth and fifth innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Ron Hodges got a one-out single and moved to second base on Maddox's ground out. Doug Flynn followed with a double to bring home Hodges. Pinch-hitting for Zachry, Dan Norman struck out to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Tom Hausman pitched scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh innings. In the top of the eighth, Chambliss doubled off Jeff Reardon and scored on Matthews' single that increased Atlanta's lead to 4-2. Reardon then struck out Asselstine for the third out.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Joel Youngblood and Frank Taveras led off with back-to-back doubles for the Mets' third run of the game. Larry Bradford came in to relieve Alexander and retired Lee Mazzilli on a ground ball that sent Taveras to third. John Stearns followed with a sacrifice fly to score Frank and tie the game at 4-4. Neither team scored in the ninth and the game went to extra innings.

Neil Allen shut down the Braves in the top of the tenth. Mazzilli singled off Braves' reliever Rick Camp to begin the bottom of the inning. Stearns' sacrifice bunt advanced Lee to second base and Steve Henderson was given an intentional walk. Camp got Jerry Morales to hit into a force play, moving Mazzilli to third. Maddox then hit a single to right field that brought home Mazzilli to end the game. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory.

Notes

  • On this same afternoon, the NHL's New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup championship. Like the Mets, the Islanders won their game by a score of 5-4 in overtime.