May 29, 1983: Three-Run 6th Beats Padres

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Date: May 29, 1983
Mets starter: Ed Lynch
Mets: 3
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Ed Lynch
Key player(s): Ed Lynch, Mookie Wilson, Bob Bailor, Hubie Brooks
Key play: Wilson’s home run, Brooks’ single

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 three runs in the sixth inning for a 3-2 win.

Ed Lynch and the Padres’ Tim Lollar each pitched a perfect first inning. Lollar retired the side in order in the top of the second and Steve Garvey singled to lead off the bottom half. Terry Kennedy hit a single and Sixto Lexcano followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third base. Garry Templeton grounded out to second baseman Bob Bailor to drive home Garvey with the first run of the game. Lynch then walked Tim Flannery and retired Lollar on a fly ball to center fielder Mookie Wilson for the third out of the inning.

Lollar surrendered only a walk to Ronn Reynolds in the top of the third. Lynch hurled a perfect bottom half and Lollar retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth. Garvey lined out to Bailor to open the bottom of the inning. Kennedy flied out to Wilson and a single by Lezcano ensued. On his own hit, Lezcano moved to second base via an error by Bailor. Templeton singled to score Lezcano for a 2-0 San Diego lead. With Flannery at bat, Templeton was caught stealing second on catcher Reynolds’ throw to shortstop Jose Oquendo for the inning’s final out. Lollar gave up just a single to Mark Bradley in the top of the fifth. Lynch then set down all three San Diego batters in the bottom half.

A single by Lynch began the top of the sixth. Wilson slugged a two-run homer to tie the game. Bailor hit a single and Lollar was replaced on the mound by Padres’ reliever John Montefusco. With George Foster at the plate, Bailor stole second base and advanced to third on catcher Kennedy’s throwing error. Foster went down on strikes and Dave Kingman grounded out to third baseman Flannery. Hubie Brooks singled to score Bailor and put the Mets ahead by a run. Brooks stole second and Montefusco threw a called third strike past Bradley to close out the inning. Lynch then shut down the Padres in the bottom half.

Montefusco set down the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Lynch yielded only a single to pinch-hitter Jerry Turner in the bottom of the inning and San Diego reliever Sid Monge pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Gene Richards drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Lynch got Garvey to hit a double play ground ball to third baseman Brooks that ended the inning and Kingman singled to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-runner Mike Jorgensen was caught stealing second base and Brooks drew a walk. Bradley popped out to second baseman Juan Bonilla and a single by Oquendo sent Brooks to third. Monge then retired Reynolds on a ground ball to Bonilla to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco got Kennedy to foul out to Brooks to start the bottom of the ninth. Lezcano was retired on a fly ball to Wilson. Orosco then got Templeton to fly out to left fielder Foster and end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.