May 25, 1986: Mets Beat Padres in 11 Innings

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Date: May 25, 1986
Mets starter: Bob Ojeda
Mets: 4
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco
Key play: Strawberry’s singles, McCullers’ wild pitch, Orosco’s sacrifice fly

The Mets faced the Padres on a Sunday afternoon in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 11th inning for a 4-2 win.

Padres’ starter Eric Show pitched a scoreless top of the first. Jerry Royster doubled against the Mets’ Bob Ojeda to lead off the bottom half. Tony Gwynn flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry, who then made an errant throw that allowed Royster to score. Kevin McReynolds hit a single and Steve Garvey drew a walk. Carmelo Martinez singled to drive home McReynolds for a 2-0 San Diego lead. On his own hit, Martinez was out via third baseman Howard Johnson’s relay throw to second baseman Wally Backman. Ojeda then got Bruce Bochy on a fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra to end the inning.

After a scoreless second, Dykstra got a bunt single to open the top of the third. Backman flied out to center fielder McReynolds and a single by Keith Hernandez advanced Dykstra to third base. Strawberry singled to score Dykstra and cut the Padres’ lead to 2-1. Hernandez moved to third after Kevin Mitchell’s fly out to right fielder Gwynn. Show retired Mookie Wilson on an inning-ending fly ball to McReynolds. Ojeda then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Show and Ojeda each pitched scoreless ball from the fourth inning to the seventh. Backman singled against Show to begin the top of the eighth. Padres’ reliever Rich Gossage threw a wild pitch that sent Backman to second base. Wally advanced to third on Hernandez’s ground out to second baseman Tim Flannery and scored the tying run on Strawberry’s single to center field. With Mitchell at bat, Strawberry was caught stealing second on catcher Bochy’s throw to shortstop Garry Templeton. Gossage retired Danny Heep (who came up to pinch-hit for Mitchell) on a grounder to Flannery for the inning’s third out. Ojeda then yielded only a single to Gwynn in the bottom half.

Gossage shut down the Mets in the top of the ninth. Ojeda hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Gossage gave up just a single to Dykstra in the top of the 10th. Against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco in the bottom half, Gwynn drew a two-out walk and stole second base. McReynolds was walked intentionally and Gwynn stole third. Orosco then got Garvey to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Rafael Santana and finish off the inning.

Strawberry singled against San Diego reliever Craig Lefferts to begin the top of the 11th. Santana was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Garvey. Strawberry stole second base and Wilson drew a walk. Following a double steal, Howard Johnson was given an intentional walk to load the bases. With Ed Hearn at the plate, Padres’ reliever Lance McCullers threw a wild pitch that brought home Strawberry for a 3-2 Mets lead. Hearn walked to reload the bases and Orosco hit a sacrifice fly to score Wilson with the fourth New York run. With San Diego’s Gene Walter on the mound, Hearn went to second on defensive indifference. Walter then retired Dykstra on a grounder to third baseman Royster to end the inning.

Marvelle Wynne flied out to Strawberry to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Bochy was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Wilson. Orosco then got Templeton to ground out to Backman and bring the game to an end. The Mets had concluded the series with an extra-inning win.